24 Jun 2017

Saturday 24 June 2017

On Friday 23 June, the King's College Chess Club sent a squadron of keen players to the Chess Power Auckland Regionals held at Mt Roskill Grammar School. 

240617 King’s Chess Club Qualify For New Zealand Interschool Finals

It was a day long event and the King’s players competed against strong opponents, such as the multiple members of Auckland International College and many of the current Junior Grandmasters from a range of different schools. Unfortunately, King's missed out on 3rd place by a half point.

Teacher in Charge, Corinne Hinton says that despite the difficult competition and the close result, the team left in high spirits. 

“The team had great fun and look forward to next year’s competition,” says Hinton. 

Earlier in the term, the three King's College Chess Teams participated in the South Auckland Regional Interschool Tournament at Papatoetoe High School and came 1st place overall.

Team 1 and Team 2 claimed 1st and 2nd place respectively. Ryan Nguyen (Year 11, Peart) and Brian Qi (Year 11, Averill) from Team 1, along with Darrick Pan (Year 9, Major) and Dimithri Gallage (Year 10, Peart) from Team 2 won all six of their games and FaAfuhia Fia (Year 11, Peart), Nathaniel Masfen-Yan (Year 10, Greenbank) andNicholas Lai (Year 13, Parnell) won five out of the six games.

This impressive result means that King’s College has qualified for the New Zealand Interschool Finals in Christchurch at the end of September.