Friday, 24 August 2012

Wellington Primary Interschool Competition

A report on the Wellington Primary Interschool Competition (by Scott Wastney)

The Wellington Primary Interschool was held at Johnsonville School on Friday 24th August.  Teams of four players play in a 6-round Swiss with clocks set for 15 minutes.   

The winning team was Ngaio.  Their star player was Wellington Chess Club member Layla Timergazi who scored 6/6 on board 1.  The other players in the team were Boston Hart, William Scarlett (a relation of a former NZ champion Martin Dreyer), and Ben Harvey.  By winning the competition they are the Wellington representatives at the National School Finals, which is being jointly organised by Martin Sims and Mark Noble in Palmerston North on 29/30th September.

Second place was the van der Hoorn coached Thorndon A-team which included Wellington Chess Club player Andrew Sknar.  Then in third place was the Johnsonville A-team , a team with great potential since two of their players are only year 3 students.

I’d like to make a special mention on the Maungaraki team.  A keen parent, Doug Burdon, organises their school chess club even now after his children are no longer at the school.  The first time they entered they finished somewhere near the bottom, but each year since they finish higher on the table.  This time it was 5th place.  

Here is the crosstable:

Place    Team                           Score

  1        Ngaio                          19.5
  2        Thorndon A               16.5
  3        Johnsonville A           16  
  4        Eastern Hutt                15  
 5-6      Maungaraki                 13.5
            Crofton Downs           13.5
  7        Newlands                    12  
  8        Thorndon B                 11  
  9        Johnsonville B             10.5
10-11  Cashmere                    10  
            St Brigids B                10  
12-13  Karori West                 9.5 
            Khandallah A              9.5 
 14       Waterloo                     8.5 
15-16  St Brigids A                8   
            Khandallah B              8   

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