Scotch takes national schools chess title
WORDS: MS MICHELE LINOSSIER – ACADEMIC EXTENSION COORDINATOR
A Scotch team consisting of Eugene Schon (Year 11), Nicholas Liu (Year 10), Kevin Fan (Year 8), Richard Owen (Year 12) and Zheng Cheng Zu (Year 10) performed brilliantly to win the Australian Schools Chess Teams Championship, held in Sydney in early December.
After five long rounds with some games lasting up to three hours, Scotch, expertly coached by Mr Geoff Saw, won the secondary open division of the tournament with a score of 17 games from Brisbane Grammar in second place on 12 games. Our team dropped only three games over the two days of competition, held at Knox Grammar in Wahroonga.
In the last seven years Scotch has also been National Schools Chess Championship team in 2008 and 2009, when we also hosted the tournament, and we were runners-up in 2004. Chess remains a popular extracurricular activity; in 2011 Scotch had the largest representation of any school in the Victorian state final, with 20 players competing.
In the state final, held in October, the Scotch chess team performed excellently, winning the tournament with a score of 27.5 points from Glen Waverley Secondary College with 24 points.
Along with the team of Eugene Schon, Nicholas Liu, Richard Owen, Zheng Cheng Zhu and Kevin Fan, who went on to represent Scotch at the nationals, the other Scotch players in the Victorian finals were Kapil Bhargava (Year 9), Dominic Canale (Year 10), Jason Chan (Year 9), Kollan Chen (Year 10), Joseph Daffy (Year 9), Sam Daffy (Year 11), Max Ellery-Thornley (Year 10), Justin Lau (Year 9), Richard Lau (Year 10), Angus Steele (Year 8), Jonas Tang (Year 9), Darren Wong (Year 10), Jack Wood (Year 10) and Kevin Yu (Year 8).