The 2018 Australian Schools Teams Championships were held at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. There were 4 divisions: Open Secondary, Girls Secondary, Open Primary and Girls Primary.|
Western Australia’s only representative was the Mount Lawley Primary School team of Ethan Richards, Minh Nguyen, Iker Hernandez and Jamie Richards who competed in the Open Primary. The boys found the going tough against their more experienced opponents, however Minh Nguyen (on board 2) had a spectacular result score 3.5 from the 5 games. All four boys gained valuable experience and have come back much stronger chess players than when they left.
The Open Secondary division was won by Melbourne High (VIC) with a team score of 15. Second place went to Knox Grammar School (NSW) scoring 13, with Prince Alfred College (SA) coming third with 12.5.
Winning the Girls Secondary division was Presbyterian Ladies College (VIC) with a team score of 20. Second was Brisbane Girls Grammar School (QLD) on 15, with James Ruse Agricultural High School (NSW) in third with 13.
The Open Primary division was easily won by Waverley Christian College (VIC), scoring 19, with MacGregor State School (QLD) second on 14.5. Sydney Grammar St Ives (NSW) came third with 9.
Winning the Girls Primary division convincingly was Glendal Primary School (VIC) with a team score of 19, well ahead of second placed Kings Christian College (QLD) on 12. Two schools tied for third with a score of 10.5: Neutral Bay Public School (NSW) and Turner Primary School (ACT).
A big thank you goes to Charles Zworestein and Alan Goldsmith for a very smoothly run and very well organised event, along with all the South Australian parents and volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that all the participants had an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience.
From WA, a big thank you goes to Mount Lawley Chess coordinators Michael Richards, Jim Richards and Joli Mendez for their tireless efforts to ensure the Mount Lawley team had all they needed to attend and gain valuable experience participating in a strong national event.
Report kindly provided by Jay Lakner.
For full results visit: http://sajuniorchess.org/2018-australian-schools-teams-championships/