This Saturday a group of Maraetai Beach School students will head to Alfriston College to pit their chess skills against Aucklands best, when they take part in the Chess Power Nationals Finals Team Chess Championships 2020.
Four South Canterbury schools competed in the chess tournament held at Avonhead School on Friday and Waihi's results were the best ever recorded by a South Canterbury school at the national tournament.
Brainboxes follows six gifted Kiwi children not only so we can gawp at their pint-sized proficiencies but also so we can try to understand the pitfalls of both owning a brain the size of a planet and having to negotiate parenting these beautiful minds.
Staff at Korowai Manaaki are always looking for relief valves to stop the kids from acting out. There are the usual staples of sport and music, but the Dark Knights chess club is an unlikely success story. The Dark Knights team recently attended the Chess Power Ngatea Zone regionals, performing very well. One of the players even managed to qualify for the National Champions Trophy, showing this kids are more than capable of competing with the best.
About 130 pupils from 15 schools throughout Southland took part in the Chess Power regional tournament organised for primary, intermediate and secondary schools. "We want to teach children that chess can be fun. It helps them develop, they learn how to check things and they get immediate feedback. It's really good watching them learn" - Bruce Pollard
The Hub was bursting with 59 enthusiastic chess players on the 27th of June. Players had arrived from Morrinsville Intermediate, Stanley Avenue, Paeroa College and Te Puru Primary along with Hauraki Plains College.
Winning a chess game isn't as black and white as it may seem. That's how Dargaville Intermediate students managed to bring home silver medals from the Northland Zone Chess Tournament at Whangarei Boys' High School