Gold Coast Interschool Secondary Chess Championships | Term 2
King’s had 24 students represent the College at the Term 2 Gold Coast Interschool Secondary Chess Championships held at TSS recently. The tournament featured 219 competitors from 15 schools across four divisions: Premier, A Grade, B Grade and C Grade. King’s team performed extremely well overall and PLACED 1ST in the competition. Congratulations to every participant for their effort, behaviour and phenomenal display of King’s values!
Round 1 started with a few known and feared students from rival schools collecting points early. However, King’s students soon turned lost and drawn positions into wins. Edwin Choi (rated 1334) defeated a higher rated Somerset player in Round 4. Elena Jule (rated 1281 and Queensland School's Team Female Chess Captain and Australian Representative) also won against her higher-rated opponent in Round 5, and Jordan Chan proved to be a juggernaut, losing only one game… to a fellow King’s student! Jordan took first place in the competition and carried King’s Team 1 to equal first.
Individual: 1st Place - Jordan Chan
Teams: Equal 1st Place; King’s Team 1: Jordan Chan, Edwin Choi, Elena Jule and Ethan Carr
This division was very competitive, featuring 74 players. King’s Team three placed 7th and comprised of Nepal Krongkaew, Jamie Evetts, Lorezno Hizon and Raphael Knudsen. King’s Team 4 finished 16th and included Kiran Sen, Mason Case, Hannah Mehta and Bowen Jiang. Merits were awarded to Nepal Krongkaew scoring (5/7), Kiran Sen (scoring 4.5/7), and Jamie Evetts (scoring 4.5/7).
Year 12 newcomer, Patrick Heelan, showed a stellar effort and was leading the tournament after five rounds with 5/5, however, the last two rounds didn’t go his way and he finished 5/7. But his early success helped his team achieve 2nd Place, missing out on 1st by only 1 point!
King’s Team 6: 2nd Place - Patrick Heelan, Tyrone Okesene, Jack Turcic and Olley Wang
Merits: Patrick Heelan, Jack Turcic and Tyrone Okesene
King’s is very proud of all the students who participated and helped showcase the College’s immense chess talent, well done!