Two weeks ago saw the State Finals of the Chess Kids Interschool Competition with the winning schools being as follows:

PRIMARY: Doncaster Gardens Primary 30.5 points.

JUNIOR: Melbourne High 28.5 points

JUNIOR PRIMARY: Wooranna Park Primary 22 points

Doncaster Gardens – Primary School Champions

The finals were played at the Hungarian Club in Knox and it was great to see the large playing hall filled with so many keen chess players over the four days of the tournament.

On Friday, after the Interschool events, I again had a busy day at the Chess Kids Chess Academy which is being run on Fridays during Term 4 as a trial before the official launch next year.  Approx. 24 kids attended with coaching being provided by 4 International Masters and a Women Grandmaster.  In the morning seasons we first met with our mentor groups and went through anything of interest.  I chose to show a game from the Interschool Competition then we did a Chess IQ Test.   This was followed by each coach taking a group in their special subject – my subject is “strategy.”  After lunch we held 3 simuls with James, Julia and I each taking on a small group of kids.

I enjoyed my simul games and even found a pretty finish in my game against Aaron.  Play through the game and stop before White’s 17th move to solve the puzzle.

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