Interschool State Chess Championships 2021


Open Girls State Division | Friday, 8 October 

Our Primary Girls State chess team consisted of Ruhara Mapabandara (Year 6), Siannah Cooke (Year 4), Sophiah Cooke (Year 4) and Sanayaa Mapabandara (Year 2). Both Siannah 5/7 and Sophiah 4.5/7 were awarded merit ribbons while Ruhara and Sanayaa produced a valiant effort for their first State Finals. The Team performed very well in a tough tournament and placed 4th Overall in Queensland. Well done!

The High School Girls team was extremely close, as the medals were decided based upon the final round results.  Team Captain, Elena Jule, fought fiercely in her last Girls State finals (a tournament she has been playing in since 2016), our experienced Cern and Ern Wong twins (who have represented King’s at Nationals in both Primary and High School Chess competitions) were also dominant throughout the event, and Nepal Krongkaew (our youngest high school representative) showed King’s strong future potential. The Girls Secondary team placed 3rd Overall, missing out on the QLD title by only one point.

Open State Division | Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 October 

It was a nail-biting finish for our four teams who competed in the QLD Interschool State Finals last weekend and concluded another very successful year of King's Chess. Special mentions to Rentaro Inukai who was awarded Best Primary School Board 4 Player in Queensland and Tristan Smith for an outstanding performance on Board 4 in High School, defeating players rated much higher than him.  


  • Reedy Creek Team 1 | Luka Hart, Rentaro Inukai, Bryan Yang and Micah Young finished 3rd Place on 16.5 game points, narrowly missing First Place by two points. Unfortunately, they were bested 1.5-2.5 in two critical matches against Citipointe and Churchie, and have learned what to work on for next season.
  • Reedy Creek Team 2 | Kotaro Inukai, Woojoon Ki, Joshua Ong and Cooper Whitaker finished on 14.5 points, tying with Emmanuel College and Somerset College Teams 1. 
  • Pimpama Team | Zoe Haines, Caitlyn Howe, Sennin Naidoo and Arshnoor Sidhu also had a good tournament. Caitlyn scored the highest points 4/6, defeating King’s Reedy Creek Team 2’s Woojoon Ki, with a rated difference of over 400 points. The Pimpama team finished on 10 points, placing 17th in Queensland.
  • High School Team | Jordan Chan, Edwin Choi, Elena Jule and Tristan Smith finished on 12 points, placing 10th in Queensland.

King’s Chess Coach FIDE Master Yi Liu 


Thanks to King's Chess Coordinator Mr Cooke’s leadership again this year in continuing to build terrific depth and breadth across the program - qualifying four teams for such a prestigious event is phenomenal. Thank you also to Mr Lapitan and Grandmaster Moulthun Ly for their passionate teaching over the year and especially in preparation for the tournament. Special thanks to our King's Chess parents who provide immense support in every way imaginable.