Junior Chess News

Mount Alexander Chess Challenge

On the 20th of September, a bus load of 10 intrepid primary school chess players from Ballarat Clarendon College ventured out to compete in the Mount Alexander Cluster Chess Challenge in Castlemaine. A uniquely motivating and rewarding factor regarding this tournament was the welcome chess grants on offer to the top three placed schools. The wonderfully aesthetic and historic venue of the Old Castlemaine Gaol provided the apt rustic setting and battleground!

183 players participated from 18 schools all over Victoria in a memorable day of socially interactive chess action. Scores are calculated by adding the total of each school's top five players. After six rounds, Ballarat Clarendon College emerged the winner by countback from perennial rivals Candlebark, a terrific achievement by the team at their first attempt. On the previous day, the middle years team also did well by placing second in the secondary tournament. Other local schools, Mount Blowhard Primary and Buninyong Primary also competed extremely well in the primary event finishing 5th and 6th places respectively. Well done teams!

More information on the event itself can be found here: https://castlemainechess.wordpress.com/the-venue/about/

Many thanks to Ben Naughton for driving the team down and his initiative in making it all happen over the two days. It's onwards to the State Finals now in October for our primary team.

Top 10 Schools:

Ballarat Clarendon College 24 (First via Countback)

Candlebark 24 Saint Kilda Primary 23.5 (Congratulations to Fergus Chiverton who won the tournament individually)

Winters Flat Primary 22.5

Mt Blowhard Primary 20.5

Buninyong Primary 20

Daylesford Dharma School 19

Girton Grammar 18.5

Eaglehawk North Primary 17.5

Elphinstone Primary 16.5