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|
|Adrian||Loo Yong Kee||9||V||4||18||Isaac||Ford||7||V||3||42|
|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|
|4||CBC St Kilda||15||4||St Bedes||18.5|
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|
|Adrian||Loo Yong Kee||9||V||6||5|
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:
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.
Final standing of ACC Open (Division 1)
|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