We had a number of Wellington club members in action at the National Schools Finals in Palmerston North over the weekend.
Scott Wastney was up there in his capacity as coach of the Eastern Hutt primary team, and they did brilliantly!
In the Senior division Wellington College did commendably against really tough opposition, coming 8th out of 14 teams, with Ryan Winter scoring 4/7 on board 1 and Michael Sole 6/7 on board 2.
Scott's other team, Newlands Intermediate were also represented, coming 9th out of 14. Karthik Konakanchi played board 1 and scored 4/7.
Full results are here:
Scott Wastney writes:
"The NZCF nationals was held over the weekend.
The highlight for Wellington was Eastern Hutt 3rd place in the national primary schools yesterday, where the top three schools finished well above the rest of field. The 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th places were all take by Auckland schools. The team was Zhiheng Dai (4/7), Zac Li (2/7), Samuel Darr (7/7) and Vincent Luo (4.5/7). Samuel Darr was the top player on board 3.
Newlands Intermediate 9th place from 14 teams (Konakanchi, Karthik Adwani, Sahil Prakash, Jaysh Witehira, Marco),
Wellington College 8th place from 14 teams (Winter, Ryan Sole, Michael D Meravanage, Satwik Bloor-Wilson, Ethan)
A good number of players are staying on for the NZ Junior events with others from Wellington also going (including Layla, Aiden and Jeffrey from the Wellington Club).
Many of these players will be in action again with the Chess Power Nationals being held in a couple of weeks time in Wellington for the first time (15th and 16th October at Newlands College).
On the 15th October is the Champions trophy which is an individual tournament requiring a top 3 place in regional tournaments to qualify - and already there are over 100 entries with this from all around the country. Then on the 16th October is the team competition which is an even bigger competition. "