NSW Junior Chess League
(17 Sept 2017):
Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament 2017
James Ruse High School wins the Terrey Shaw Shield
Having missed out last year by losing to North Sydney Boys High on tie-break, James Ruse Agricultural High School came back with a vengeance this year to regain the Terrey Shaw Shield by a margin of three points. James Ruse had previously won the competition for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015.
James Ruse High School also won the Junior Division (Year 7-9), but by a minimal margin of only half a point.
A total of 45 teams from 24 schools participated, fewer teams but one more school than last year.
For full scores click on "Schools" in the menu in the left-hand column.
(15 Sept 2017):
Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition 2017
The 2017 Metropolitan Secondary Schools Teams Competition, which commenced at the beginning of second term, has concluded. The winners of the three grades were as follows:
Senior Grade (Years 11-12): North Sydney Boys School
The competition attracted 278 teams from 79 schools. These were divided into four regions and then into divisions of approximately 8 teams. Division winners qualified for knock-out region finals, the winners of which progressed to the competition (inter-region) finals in each grade. For full details click on "Schools" in the menu at left.
As the competition is in three separate school-year-based grades and does not produce an overall secondary schools winner (with players from any secondary year) a separate selection playoff will shortly be held to determine the Secondary Open team and the Secondary Girls team to represent NSW in the Australian Schools Teams Championships to be held in Sydney in December.
(27 Aug 2017):
Winter Tournaments 2017
Daniel Melamed wins Sydney
Winter One-Day Tournament
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Melamed has followed up his Sydney Summer Three-Day victory by winning the Sydney Winter One-Day Tournament. He conceded half a point to Gordon Yang and finished just ahead of David Marsh.
Stertling Bayaca improved on his equal first in the Sydney Autumn Two-Day Tournament by coming clear first in the corresponding Winter event. Luke Marsh came second, half a point behind.
The Orange Winter One-Day Tournament featured a new winner, Emerson Maunder, who scored 7.5 out of 8, half a point ahead of Kerwin Ma.
Vincent Qiang has won the Wollongong Winter One-Day Tournament, his eighth Wollongong tournament victory.
For detailed results click on "Results" in the menu at left..
(23 Jul 2017):
The Film Magnus
A 75-minute documentary on World Champion Magnus Carlsen is currently being screened at the Palace cinemas in Sydney as part of the Scandinavian Film Festival. Magnus has been called "the Mozart of Chess" and his rise to fame is an inspirational story which chess players and non-players will find fascinating.
● Palace Verona Cinema (Paddington):
Wednesday 26 July at 1.30pm
● Palace Norton Street Cinema (Leichhardt):
Friday 28 July at 1.30pm
Monday 31 July at 6.30pm
(14 Jul 2017):
NSW Junior Championships 2017
Kevin Willathgamuwa retains Under 18 title
Eva Ge wins Under 18 Reserves Tournament
Thirteen-year-old Kevin Willathgamuwa has won the NSW Junior (Under 18) Championship for the second year in a row. He scored 6.5 out of 9 (four wins and five draws), finishing half a point ahead of Max Mikkelsen and Cameron McGowan.
The Under 18 Reserves Tournament was won by Eva Ge, who conceded only two draws to finish on 8 out of 9, half a point ahead of Henry Chen.
Marco Zheng won the Under 12 title convincingly with 10 out of 10, three whole points ahead of Michael Harrison, Toby Huey, Orlando Su and Ryan Hii.
Full details may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left.
(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
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
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
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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