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

A Grade

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). 

B Grade

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!