COMPETITIVE PLAYERS: Adheesha Suraweera, Cody Scanky and Reece Buckholz at the chess tournament. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
COMPETITIVE PLAYERS: Adheesha Suraweera, Cody Scanky and Reece Buckholz at the chess tournament. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott BUNCHESS

Youngsters shine in chess club tournament

MORE than 150 students from around the region of Bundaberg have competed in the annual chess tournament at Across the Waves sports club yesterday.

Organised by the Bundaberg chess club, and open to both secondary and primary school students, the event pits the best players from schools around the Bundaberg area in matches throughout the day.

Prize money is on offer to the winners who record the most wins in the seven matches each student takes part in.

There is also a lucky dip competition on offer to students with money available to those who may have not had a successful day in the event. The aim is to make sure everyone has a chance of winning throughout the day.

Bundaberg chess club secretary Allan Menham says numbers have improved from last year.

"We only had about 120 compete last year and this year we had 162 take part in the event," he said.

"It was an exceptional turnout and everyone played well."

The secretary also added Bundaberg has some talented juniors coming through.

"The players in this region are fantastic and they are getting better and better with more events like this on offer to them," Menham said.

"I would definitely lose to a lot of them in a competitive match."

In the event itself the secondary school title went to Tim Harris, with his brother Patrick finishing in second.

Brandon Dahl rounded out the top 3.

In the team secondary school event, Shalom College took out the title, ahead of Urangan high school and Bundaberg high.

In the primary school event, one school dominated, as Walkervale state school won the teams event and had players in the top three in the individual competition.

Adheesha Suraweera, from Avoca state school, took out top spot with Brenton McHale and Reece Buckholz from Walkervale finishing 2nd and 3rd.

All players won six matches, out of the seven for the day, but Suraweera won the overall event on countback.

The great performances by Walkervale, and its students, coincides with the recent success by the school at the Queensland school chess championships in Brisbane.

Consisting of McHale, Buckholz, Nickolas Duck and Jason Smith, who all competed for the school yesterday, the team finished fourth out of the regional QLD teams in the competition.

McHale, who won 5 of his 6 matches, also won won a medal for finishing first among the regional competitors.

Teacher, and chess co-ordinater at Walkervale, Julian Bond says the players have represented the school wonderfully.

"Teams from Brisbane have more resources to coach chess than what we do in Bundaberg," Bond said.

"For our students to compete in the state championships, and mix it with the best, was outstanding. We are proud of them."

Walkervale student Nickolas Duck says he enjoys out thinking his opponent in the match.

"I enjoy the strategy and puzzle of the game," he said.

"It's not just about winning though, it is all about having a try of it, and having lots of fun."

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