King’s Begins 2023 with Multiple Chess Crowns


King’s chess teams, led by Mr Cooke and a supportive team of coaches, kicked off 2023 in the best way possible, winning several tournaments in the first few weeks of the school year. King’s Primary and High School chess teams both managed to win the Gold Coast Secondary and Primary Hinterland Championships, with several players achieving perfect scores on the day. 

In the Primary Championships, Joshua Ong and Nikolaj Brdaric both scored 8/8 - a feat unmatched by anyone else in the 36 players' field. Rentaro Inukai was also rewarded for his hard work and achieved a score of 7/8 on board one, while Siannah Cooke fought hard to score 4/8 to add to her team’s winning tally. 

King’s sent two teams of four to compete in the High School Chess Championship and secured First Place in sensational style, winning 23.5 points /28 King’s, a whole round ahead of their second-place rivals. The King’s team 1, including Bryan Yang, Edwin Choi, Jordan Chan, and Cooper Whitaker, defeated the top teams from some of the Gold Coast’s top chess schools, while King’s team 2, including Tristan Smith, Kotaro Inukai, Woo Joon Ki, and Will Cameron, finished strongly in Third Place with all players placing within the Top 20.

For the King’s chess teams, the Cookies Chess Individual Age Competition is always one of the most exciting events on the calendar and presents a great opportunity for students from our Reedy Creek and Pimpama campuses to demonstrate their improvement over the last year. With a record-breaking 185 participants, First Place was eventually split between Woo Joon Ki, Edwin Choi, and William Cameron, in the overall division. It was particularly exciting to see students who have been working hard during their chess lessons come out on top of the individual championships, and this hard work will undoubtedly pay off later in the year in external competitions.

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