On Tuesday 12 August, our Junior chess team competed in the final ChessKid tournament for 2019. 17 of our Junior School students represented Scotch Oakburn beautifully and came away with first place in Division B and second place in Division A. For our Year 5 representatives, well done on your last competition with the Junior School. Thank you for your leadership and willingness to coach our younger players.

In Division B, Grady Frith placed second overall by winning 5 ½ out of 7 games. Alongside this amazing effort were James Van Der Aa and Gomanth Anand Lokesh who placed equal third with a score of 5 out of 7. Gomanth also received an award for the most improved player in this division. Well done to the B team who placed first overall!

In Division A, Amelie Geddes received an award for top girl and James Walker was awarded most improved player. Our A team placed second overall which automatically qualifies 5 players to the state final. Players chosen to represent Scotch Oakburn are yet to be finalised. Full results can be found here.

There were many proud moments, highlights and learning opportunities shared. The State final will be held 21 October.

Junior School Chess will continue to run each Tuesday at lunchtime in conneXions for all interested students!

Rebecca Ballard