On Saturday 27 October we held the Champions Trophy. And on Sunday, we held the Teams Nationals.
The Teams Nationals is a team event where players participate individually but their top 4 scores are summed together to form a score for their school team. We had a total of 359 players participate in this event from 71 school teams, which at a guess would be a NZ record for a single chess teams tournament in New Zealand.
Schools from right across the country were represented from Whangarei to Invercargill. To qualify for the Teams Nationals, schools have to win the local regional event. Chess Power runs qualifier regional events in 30 cities and towns across New Zealand in Term 2 and Term 3 each year.
Each school was provided a goodie bag on arrival with personalised name badges for each team member, some freddy frogs, juices and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the day ahead.
Teams were ranked and each player of every team earned a certificate based on the team placing.
Best Girls Junior Division
1st - Anya Thurner (Kaurilands School)
2nd - Yolanda Chang (Kaurilands School)
3rd - Sanomiya Sathasivam (Avalon School)
Best Girls Intermediate Division
1st - Renae Ghadiali (Mt Roskill Intermediate)
2nd - Saasha Ghadiali (Mt Roskill Intermediate)
3rd - Ritika Joseph (Remarkables Primary) [not pictured]
Best Girls Senior Division
1st - Kirushni Suthakaran (Mt Roskill Grammar)
2nd - Sylvia McDougall (Mt Roskill Grammar)
3rd - Celia Chanwong (Mt Roskill Grammar)
1st Overall - Paul He (Eastern Hutt School)
Paul earned the Junior Master title for achieving 1st place in the whole junior division.
2nd Overall - Anya Thurner (Kaurilands School)
3rd Overall - Yolanda Chang (Kaurilands School)
Of interest, Anya flew out of New Zealand on the Monday following the event to go and compete in the World Cadets Championship in the beautiful city of Santiago in Spain. We wish her the best of luck!
1st Overall - Rohit Mudaliar (Blockhouse Bay Intermediate)
Rohit scored a perfect 9 out of 9 games to earn the Junior Master title but he had already earned the Junior Master title the day before by coming 2nd in the Champions Trophy!
2nd Overall - Renae Ghadiali (Mt Roskill Intermediate)
3rd Overall - John Liu (Auckland Normal Intermediate) [not pictured]
1st Overall - Joe Wang (Mt Roskill Grammar)
Joe earned the Junior Master title for achieving 1st place in the whole senior division.
2nd Overall - JM Euan McDougall (Mt Roskill Grammar)
3rd Overall - Dylan Greyvenstein (Whakatane High School) [not pictured]
This was an outstanding result by Dylan. I believe this is the first time a student has placed individual in the Teams Nationals from Whakatane.
The Junior Master framed certificate will be sent to each new Junior Master.
This division was neck and neck with Cockle Bay School and Kaurilands School ended up scoring exactly the same team points. We awarded 1st place to Kaurilands because they had a better tie-break. In case you are wondering, the tie-break is calculated as the sum of the players opponents scores.
Kaurilands School, Auckland - 1st= overall
The team consisted of JM Anya Thurner, Yolanda Chang, Immanuel Huwald, Jahmayn Williams and Orlando Chang.
Cockle Bay School, Auckland - 1st= overall
The team consisted of Lucas Xiao, Jay Zhao, Maxwell Xiao, Tejasvi Kichavadi, Lingyi Zhu, Eric Zhang, Matthew Chan and Patrick Lin.
During the prize-giving ceremony we awarded Kaurilands School 1st overall and Cockle Bay school 2nd overall. We did this because Kaurilands had a higher tie-break. However, after reviewing the results we felt that Cockle Bay deserved shared victory as they scored the same points as Kaurilands and their 5th placed player scored better than Kaurilands 5th placed player.
Avalon School, Wellington - 3rd overallThe team consisted of Paisa Fetoai, Paul Wildman, Sanomiya Sathasivam, Abdul Alkawas, Aila Teni, Leonaidis Maligi-Masoe, Lynkon Foley and Saiman Deeq.
Each year we recognise one individual for all the support they give to Chess in their community. The principal of Avalon School, Dirk Winnie [pictured below], is a keen supporter of the merits of chess for social change won the Supporter of the Year trophy.
Like the Junior division, the Intermediate division was hotly contested with three teams dominating and in the end only coming a single point from each other.
Mt Roskill Intermediate, Auckland - 1st Overall
The team consisted of Renae Ghadiali, Saasha Ghadiali, Nico McKinlay, Saahir Saheb, Baraa Al-Afaghani, Kevin Dai, Adam Ali and Eric Li.
Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Auckland - 2nd Overall
The team consisted of Rohit Mudaliar, Aanand Madhav, Ken Ruan, Mahax Panchal and Yoog Gundani.
The Senior Division was a two-horse race between Mt Roskill Grammar and Hamilton Boys' High. In the end two time winners Mt Roskill Grammar powered home to take the trophy for the third time.
Mt Roskill Grammar, Auckland - 1st Overall
The team consisted of Joe Wang, JM Euan McDougall, Aditya Manaktala, Neil Mario, Kirushni Suthakaran, Sylvia McDougall, Daniel Balderrama and Celia Changwong.
Hamilton Boys' High School, Hamilton - 2nd Overall
The team consisted of Michael Lin, Ben Wright, Max Stephens, Nathanael Loy, Andy Song and Zane Brown.
Nelson College - 3rd Overall
The team consisted of Pakham Tlumang, Sam White, Bawi Tlumang, Rico Fraser, George Fisher and Ronan Thompson.
If you attended the event, we would really love to hear what you thought. We are giving away 6 chess sets for the best feedback.