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Term 4 began with a flurry of chess activity. We were to have started the term with our own in‐house Tiverton Chess Tournament on Friday 9 October which would provide a selection tool for the ACC Junior (Years 7 & 8) and Intermediate (Years 9 & 10) Championships a couple of weeks later. However the ACC event was brought forward to Wednesday 7 October, which meant we sent untested teams to the championships. Our Tiverton Tournament went ahead as planned.

Consequently, we have some detail to report back about these three events. They were all run along similar lines, that is, time‐restricted (15min per player) Swiss format with seven rounds of play. The ACC event is run by ChessKids who supply all the equipment – pieces, boards and clocks; and personnel with chess expertise to adjudicate any tricky situations. Our own in‐house competition did not use individual clocks and any tricky decisions were called by Ms Webster or myself. All‐in‐all, a great week of chess.

ACC Junior & Intermediate Championships

We tabled just one team for each of the ACC Competitions, both second division, with 11 players for our Intermediate team and nine players for our Junior team. The Swiss format means all players play in all rounds being paired against an opponent of similar win/loss ratio on the day. The team score comes from the aggregate of the top four players of each team. When you scan the results below, you will see that De La came 2nd with each of its teams – a very respectable result. In fact, our Junior team was equal 1st until the officials were forced to decide with the 5th players score. Our top players on the day were Tom McIntyre, 8R, and Ethan Tambimuttu, 9V.

Intermediate Team Junior Team
First Last Yr Cl Points Place First Last Yr Cl Points Place
Ethan Tambimuttu 9 V 6 3 Thomas McIntyre 8 R 6.5 1
Michael Collier 9 V 5 5 Xavier Clarke 8 J 6 2
William Cavey 9 B 4 14 Kristoff Soliven 8 B 4 19
Daniel Casula 9 R 4 19 Joseph Ward 8 R 4 32
Adrian Loo Yong Kee 9 V 4 18 Isaac Ford 7 V 3 42
William Canning 9 M 3.5 26 Edward Haldun 8 J 2.5 54
Joshua Paul 9 M 3.5 25 Bryce Loughnan 8 B 2 57
Romolo Persi 9 M 3 28 Safwan Aziz 7 V 2 56
Joseph Hunter 9 S 3 30 Hayden Reed 7 V 2 64
Griffin Van Laake 9 B 2.5 37
Tom Pagonis 9 M 2 43

 

ACC Inter Chess 2nd Div ACC Junior Chess 2nd Div
1 Parade 21 1 CBC St Kilda 20.5
2 De La Salle 19 2 De La Salle 20.5
3 Emmanuel 18 3 Whitefriars 20
4 CBC St Kilda 15 4 St Bedes 18.5
5 St Bernards 13 5 Mazenod 16
6 St Josephs 10 6 Emmanuel 16
7 St Bernards 15
8 St Josephs 13.5

 Tiverton Tournament

This tournament was really a talent‐spotting exercise as well as a means of promoting chess. We had 57 self‐nominated students from Years 7 to 9 participating. Things went smoothly despite not having proper chess clocks and we uncovered some talent of which we were not all that aware. This augers well for De La Salle’s chess future with quite an interest amongst the students and some very good players to work with. The top 30 of this event are listed below.

First name Last name Yr Cl rank pts
Connor Franes 7 R 1 6.5
Spencer Franes 7 B 2 6.5
Xavier Clarke 8 J 3 6
William Cavey 9 B 4 5
Anthony Ryan 8 V 5 5
Adrian Loo Yong Kee 9 V 6 5
Thomas McIntyre 8 R 7 5
Joshua Hu 8 J 8 5
Ethan Tambimuttu 9 V 9 5
Romolo Persi 9 M 10 5
Isaac Ford 7 V 11 4.5
Blair Hopkins 9 V 12 4.5
Prince Thomas 7 B 13 4.5
Joshua Cavallin 7 S 14 4.5
Matthew Schweigert 7 B 15 4.5
Panos Menidis 9 B 16 4
Bryce Loughnan 8 B 17 4
Michael Collier 9 V 18 4
Matthew Cook 8 B 19 4
Daniel Casula 9 R 20 4
Griffin Van Laake 9 B 21 4
Joseph Ward 8 R 22 4
William Saffery 7 S 23 4
Edward Haldun 8 J 24 3.5
Safwan Aziz 7 V 25 3.5
Julian Ober 7 V 26 3.5
Harry Sagiadellis 7 R 27 3.5
Ned Hoolihan 7 H 28 3.5
Joshua Paul 9 M 29 3.5
Emelio Incretolli 7 S 30 3.5

Kinnoull Tournament

We had conducted a Kinnoull Tournament along the same lines back in August and have not published results of that event so I’ll take this opportunity. The timing of this event wasn’t the best for chess as some of our interested students were unavailable at the time with excursions and class assessable items in progress. Nonetheless, it gave us a chance to play students off against one another and provide data for the ACC Senior team selection. Following is the final standings with the 25 participants:

First name Last name Yr Cl Pts
1 Elliot Fabris 12 F 5
2 Anthony Ticinovic 10 B
3 Luciano Murray 12 D
4 Mitchell Riley 11 H
5 Stefan Karydis 12 D 4
6 Adam Martuccio 10 D 4
7 Anthony Indovino 10 V 4
8 David Honeybone 10 B 4
9 James Biviano 10 S
10 Harrison Gill 10 D
11 Enzo Hamilton 12 V 3
12 James Howat 10 B 3
13 Christian Grant 11 H 3
14 Daniel Gava 10 S 3
15 Charlie Aitken 10 S
16 Spencer Embrey 10 D
17 Oliver Smith 10 R
18 Thomas Whitelaw 10 H
19 Ben McDonell 10 H
20 Sam Peterson 10 H 2
21 Nathan Soh 10 S 2
22 Ben Morgan 11 S 2
23 Charlie Bird 10 V
24 Jordan Brasher 10 S
25 Luke Barron 10 V 1

 ACC Senior Championships

De La sent a team of 8 players to the ACC Open Chess Championships at Simonds College on Thursday 20 August. Our team here plays in Division 1 where the competition is very difficult. In fact, it is dominated by Mazenod College, who have a very significant chess program and student following. We came in a humbling 8th place on the day.

First Last Yr Cl pts
1 Luciano Murray 12 D 4
2 Ben Morgan 11 S 3
3 Isaac Zheng‐Renner 11 J 2.5
4 Mitchell Riley 11 H 2.5
5 Stefan Karydis 12 D 2.5
6 Elliot Fabris 12 F 1.5
7 Enzo Hamilton 12 V 1.5
8 Christian Grant 11 H 1.5

Final standing of ACC Open (Division 1)

Place Team Points
1 Mazenod A 26.5
2 Mazenod C 19.5
3 Mazenod B 19.5
4 Parade 16
5 Salesian 16
6 Salesian 14
7 Simonds 14
8 De La Salle 12

ACC Chess is a very competitive sport with schools taking their team coaching very seriously. We here at De La will need to run our campus tournaments a lot earlier in the year to help identify talent and provide more playing and coaching opportunities for our students.

 

Larry Evans and Marta Webster
Chess Coordinators

 

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