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    Geelong Chess Competition

    Article by Mr Peter Grull

    Geelong Chess Competition 

    On Tuesday 13th August, eleven SICG Students from Year 7 to 12 went to Western Heights Secondary College to participate in the Geelong Chess Competition against several other Government, Independent and Catholic schools such as Clonard, Western Heights, Kardinia, North Geelong High School and Sacred Heart.

    They competed in timed fifteen minute games that at times went to the wire, but in one instance Alexandros Mavromoustakos (Alex) won in two moves. 

    The competition was played well by all the participating students, playing five games in the available time. Unfortunately, the team had to leave before the awards ceremony, with Louis Walter doing very well in winning four of their games and Toby Mew achieving 3.5 wins.  Harley Corless (Year 9), Will Dertien (Year 12) and Darcy Nichols (Year 12) and Alex won more than they lost, at times losing in the last minute in games that could have gone either way. Joshua Galbraith (Year 9) managed to win as much as he lost. 

    Two girls from Year 8, Summer de Vries and Jasmine Perilli, competed for the first time winning 2 games each and learnt a lot in their losses. The two Year 7 boys (Finlay Rolfs and Max Craven) likewise won two of their games. These four new members of the team had gained valuable experience and learnt a lot about the competition. Hopefully the team can continue to develop and return next year and do better. 

    Overall the team came fourth, earning the right to send five competitors to Melbourne to compete in the Secondary Open Final at Brighton Grammar on Monday 14 October 2019.

    It starts and ends late so the five best students able to meet this requirement. Overall a great effort from a group of Students  

    Peter Grull

     

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