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(25 Apr 2017):

Inter-Schools Competitions 2017

The draw for the Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition is now available click on "Schools" in the menu at left. The competition material (booklets, result cards, etc.) has been posted to participating schools.

The Primary Schools Competition draws for Met East and Met North Regions are now available click on "Schools" in the menu at left. The draws for the other regions will be added progressively over the next few days. The competition material (booklets, result cards, etc.) will be posted this week.


(20 Apr 2017):

Autumn Tournaments 2017

Daniel Jaeger wins Newcastle Autumn One-Day Tournament
Kevin Willathgamuwa, Gordon Yang and Max Mikkelsen tie in Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament
Sterling Bayaca and Aiden Odenthal tie in Sydney Autumn Two-Day Tournament
James Joseph wins Orange Autumn One-Day Tournament
 

Daniel Jaeger recovered from a first-round loss to win the Newcastle Autumn Tournament with a score of 7 out of 8, a full point ahead of Connor Sternbeck and Noah Kellett

The Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament attracted 205 players, by far the largest number since we moved from our previous venue at Lidcombe three years ago. Three players tied for first place Kevin Willathgamuwa, Gordon Yang and Max Mikkelsen.

The 158-player Sydney Autumn Two-Day Tournament finished in a tie for first place between 14-year-old Sterling Bayaca and 13-year-old Aiden Odenthal.

The Orange Autumn Tournament was won by James Joseph, half a point ahead of Matthew Beuzeville.

For detailed results click on "Results" in the left-hand menu.


(26 Feb 2017):

Summer Tournaments 2017

Daniel Melamed wins Sydney Summer Three-Day Tournament
Linus Cooper wins Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament
Raymond Li wins Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament
James Joseph wins Orange Summer One-Day Tournament
Titus Maddern wins Western Riverina Summer One-Day Tournament
Nikhil Reddy wins Wollongong Summer One-Day Tournament

The Sydney Summer Three-Day Tournament, our first tournament of the new year, attracted 74 players, three more than last year. It was won by 12-year-old Daniel Melamed his first appearance at the top of one of our tournaments. He scored 7.5 out of 9, half a point ahead of seasoned campaigners Gordon Yang, Sterling Bayaca and Cameron McGowan.

Linus Cooper has added to his already impressive list of tournament victories by winning the 123-player Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament. He scored 9 out of 9, which was 1.5 points ahead of Max Mikkelsen in second place.

The 100-player Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament was closely fought and the lead changed several times during its 12 rounds. Raymond Li emerged victorious with 10.5 points, half a point ahead of Linus Cooper with David Marsh another half point behind.

The Orange Summer Tournament attracted 42 players (15 more than the same tournament last summer) and was won by James Joseph with 7.5 out of 8, half a point ahead of Kerwin Ma.

The Western Riverina Summer Tournament in Griffith also attracted a large entry of 43 players and was won by Titus Maddern, half a point ahead of William Knight. Titus has won seven of the ten Western Riverina tournaments held over the past three years; the other three have been won by his brothers Gil and Micah.

Brothers Nikhil and Neil Reddy tied for first place in the Wollongong Summer One-Day Tournament. Eight-year-old Nikhil was awarded first place trophy on tie-break and nine-year-old Neil the Under 12 trophy.

For detailed results click on "Results" in the left-hand menu.


(22 Jan 2017):

Australian Junior Championships 2017

Nikhil Reddy wins Open Under 8 Title
Marco Zheng wins Open Under 10 Title
Gordon Yang wins Open Under 16 Title

The first two titles to be decided in the 2017 Australian Junior Championships in Brisbane have been captured by NSW players. Nikhil Reddy has won the Open Under 8 Championship after a playoff with James Gao of Victoria and Marco Zheng has won the Open Under 10 Championship half a point ahead of the 2016 Open Under 8 champion Sayum Rupasinghe of NSW.

The Championships concluded with another title for NSW Gordon Yang has won the Under 16 Championship with 7.5 out of 9.

Other excellent results by NSW players included Theresa Gu's second place in the Girls Under 18, Matthew Clarke's second in the Open Under 14 and Katherine Pan's second in the Girls Under 10.

Ray Yang of Victoria won the Australian Junior (Under 18) title after a playoff with Timothy Harris of Queensland and Yifan Eva Wang of Victoria won the Australian Girls (Under 18) title.

Many NSW players performed well in the subsidiary events Lightning and Problem Solving. In the Lightning Championships Vincent Qiang was second and Max Mikkelsen third in the Open Under 16; Eva Ge was first in the Girls Under 16; Amanda Cheng was second in the Girls Under 14; Marco Zheng was first in the Open Under 12 and Katherine Pan first in the Girls Under 10.

In the Problem Solving Championships Gordon Yang was first and Max Mikkelsen second in the Open Under 16; Amanda Cheng was first and Eva Ge third in the Girls Under 16; Matthew Clarke was first and Cameron McGowan second in the Open Under 14; Yuzhi Wang was second in the Open Under 12; Marco Zheng was first in the Open Under 10 and Kieran Willathgamuwa was second in the Open Under 8.

For details, including scores, see the Australian Junior Championships link (at top right).



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