CAWA School Chess League


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2019 South Zone Qualifying Event

2019 SCL South Zone

2019 SCL South Zone

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The CAWA School Chess League (SCL) commenced Sunday, 24th March with the South Zone qualifying event held at Corpus Christi College.

It was a very good turnout with a combined total of 81 players competing from 26 Primary and Secondary schools.

Results of the top 3 schools for both divisions (with only the top 2 schools getting qualified into the finals in September) are as follows:

Primary Division:
1st - Nedlands Primary School (Qualified), 2nd - Rosalie Primary School (Qualified), 3rd - Victoria Park Primary School

The competition for the individual honours in this division was very tight as both Alex Pimenov and Emily Zhang went undefeated with 7 points each from 7 rounds of play. Alex eventually won the title after a play-off game between the two.

Secondary Division:
1st - Trinity College (Qualified), 2nd - Perth Modern School (Qualified), 3rd - Corpus Christi College

This division went into extra gear as it provided the most exciting match in the final round between Aidan McGinty and Zhi Hong Lew, which was decided within the last few seconds on the clock of both players, with Aidan prevailing and placing tied for 4th place.

The Dharmapuri brothers (Kundan and Sri Krishna) occupied the top 2 placings, with the younger Kundan gaining the top honour for the individual title.

Full details of the tournament are available from the following link:

https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/ku/events/wa-scl-2019-south-zone/pairings

DOP was Jay Lakner and assisted by Alan Wolstencroft and Dante Osorio.

CAWA would like to thank Corpus Christi College for hosting the event and Suzy Lasarov for all her hard work in accomodating us.


Report kindly provided by Dante Osorio.





2019 North Zone Qualifying Event

2019 SCL North Zone

2019 SCL North Zone

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The CAWA School Chess League Northern Zonal qualifying was held on Sunday, 12th May at North Woodvale Primary School.

It had a fair number of participants with a combined total of 36 players competing from 16 Primary and Secondary schools.

Results of the Top 3 schools for both divisions are as follows:

Primary Division:
1st - Mount Lawley Primary School, 2nd - Carmel Primary School, 3rd - Rosalie Primary School

The competition for this divisionís individual honour was dominated by Harry Geronimo (Forest Crescent PS) with a perfect score of 7 wins in 7 games, though his school barely missing out the finals as heís the lone school representative.

Secondary Division:
1st - Trinity College, 2nd - Perth Modern School, 3rd - Sacred Heart College-Sorrento

This division included a couple of exciting matches, both involving Kundan Dharmapuri (Trinity College), Round 4 with Brent Geronimo (Thornlie Senior HS) and Round 6 with Celine Ong (Kingsway Christian College), by which he defeated both players despite coming from a losing position in the middle game, but prevailing with good tactics and time management in the endgame.

Eventually, Brent and Kundan both finished with 6 points each and then Brent exacted revenge with a play-off win over Kundan to gain the individual title.

Full details of the tournament are available from the following link:

https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/ku/events/wa-scl-2019-north-zone/pairings

DOP was Jay Lakner and assisted by Alan Wolstencroft, Dante Osorio and Ben Dagza.

After two SCL events, nine schools have qualified for the finals, as follows:

Primary - Rosalie PS, Carmel PS, Mount Lawley PS, Nedlands PS and Victoria Park PS

Secondary - Trinity College, Perth Modern School, Sacred Heart College (Sorrento) and Corpus Christi College.


Report kindly provided by Dante Osorio.





2019 West Zone Qualifying Event

2019 SCL West Zone

2019 SCL West Zone



The CAWA School Chess League Western Zonal qualifying was held on Sunday, 26th May at Nedlands Primary School.

It was a huge turnout with a combined number of participants totalling 75 players from 25 Primary and Secondary schools.

Results of the Top 3 schools for both divisions are as follows:

Primary Division:
1st - Nedlands Primary School, 2nd - Victoria Park Primary School, 3rd - Carmel Primary School

The competition for the divisionís individual honour was very exciting after Tom Freitag (Nedlands PS), Anthony Nguyen (VicPark PS) and Emily Zhang (Nedlands PS) finished the final round tied for 1st place with Tom snaring the title after three intense Blitz play-off matches, with Anthony 2nd place and Emily 3rd.

Secondary Division:
1st - Aquinas College, 2nd - Corpus Christi College, 3rd - Carmel School

The individual title for the division was won by Jamie Laubbacher (Perth Modern School) by defeating Alex Pimenov (a primary student, who chose to play in the Secondary Division to gain experience against stronger opponents) in a very close and intense final round match. Alex eventually finished 4th place, after almost grabbing the individual title, which is worth mentioning considering heís a primary student. Alistair Berry (Aquinas College) placed 2nd and Jay Soo (Leeming SHS) placed 3rd via countback, after finishing the round with the same points with Alex Pimenov, Celine Ong and Joseph Setiawan. Used the countback for 3rd place because there was not enough time left for playoff matches.

Full details of the tournament are available from the following link:

https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/ku/events/wa-scl-2019-west-zone/pairings

And also some photos posted on the CAWA Facebook page courtesy of John Pimenov.

DOP was Jay Lakner and assisted by Alan Wolstencroft, John Pimenov (who did tons of work behind the scenes), Paul Harris, William Zhang and some parents of the host Nedlands PS.

After three SCL qualifying events, ten schools have qualified for the finals, as follows:

Primary - Rosalie PS, Carmel PS, Mount Lawley PS, Nedlands PS and Victoria Park PS......With Forest Crescent PS just a few more points away to qualify.

Secondary - Trinity College, Perth Modern School, Sacred Heart College (Sorrento), Aquinas College and Corpus Christi College......With All Saints College, Carmel School, Shenton College and Thornlie Senior High School just a few more points to qualify.


Report kindly provided by Dante Osorio.





2019 Central Zone Qualifying Event

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL South Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone

2019 SCL Central Zone



The CAWA School Chess League Central Zonal qualifying was held on Sunday, 9th June at Mount Lawley Primary School.

It had a fair number of participants with a combined total of 42 players from 20 Primary and Secondary schools.

Results of the Top 3 schools for both divisions are as follows:

Primary Division: 1st - Mount Lawley Primary School, 2nd - Victoria Park Primary School, 3rd - Rosalie Primary School

The competition for the divisionís individual honour was won by Anthony Nguyen (Victoria Park PS) who upset Harry Geronimo (Forest Crescent PS) in Round 6 due to time pressure/flag down. Harry eventually placed 2nd and won silver medal. The battle for 3rd place was won by Barath Harirajesh (East Maddington PS) after finishing the final round with a tied score with Yonal De Vas (Caladenia PS), and Barath eventually snaring the bronze medal after winning the playoff match.

Secondary Division:

1st - Perth Modern School, 2nd - Trinity College, 3rd - Shenton College

***Thornlie Senior High School just missed out the bronze medal, only one point behind Shenton College.

The individual title for the division was won by Jaime Laubbacher (Perth Modern School) with a perfect score of 7 wins from 7 games. Highlight of the division was the win of Jaime upsetting Brent Geronimo (Thornlie Senior HS) in Round 4 with both players in time pressure and Brent losing due to flag down and Jaime with just 10seconds left on his clock. Brent and Minh Nguyen tied for 2nd place both with 6 points, with Brent eventually snaring the silver medal after winning the playoff match with Minh who settled for the bronze medal.

Full details of the tournament are available from the following link:

https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/ku/events/wa-scl-2019-central-zone/pairings

DOP was Jay Lakner and assisted by Alan Wolstencroft, Dante Osorio, and with a special mention of Ms. Michelle Manolas who helped setting up, pack up and maintaining the cleanliness of the school canteen, together with some parents. Michelle also provided supplemental/additional photos of the event.

After four SCL qualifying events, six (6) schools in Primary and nine (9) schools in Secondary have already qualified for the finals, as follows:

Primary - Rosalie PS (32points), Victoria Park PS (30), Mount Lawley PS (29), Nedlands PS (25), Carmel School (24) and Forest Crescent PS (13points).

Secondary - Perth Modern School (37points), Trinity College (34), Corpus Christi College (22), Shenton College (15), Aquinas College (14), Thornlie Senior HS (13), All Saints College (11), Carmel School (11), and Sacred Heart College-Sorrento (10points).


Report kindly provided by Dante Osorio.





2019 School Chess League Finals



2019 SCL Finals

2019 SCL Finals

2019 SCL Finals

2019 SCL Finals

2019 SCL Finals

2019 SCL Finals

2019 SCL Finals

2019 SCL Finals



The School Chess League finals were played on 2 September at Trinity College, Perth. It was a fantastic day of chess with many interesting games and lots of tension and emotions!

In the Secondary Division, Perth Modern School was unbeaten and won with a perfect score to become a new State Champion!

Finals standings:

1st: Perth Modern School
2nd: Trinity College
3rd: All Saints' College

Three out of four Perth Modern players also won individual board prises for best performance:

Board 1: Ben Hurst (Perth Modern)
Board 2: Kundan Dharmapuri (Trinity College)
Board 3: Chas Underwood (Perth Modern)
Board 4: Christopher Manasseh (Perth Mod)

In the Primary Division, the champion was decided at the very last round when Mount Lawley Primary drew with Rosalie Primary in a must-win situation. That put Mount Lawley on the same match score as Nedlands, however, Nedlands had more team points (total amount of points earned during the tournament) and that made them 2019 SCL Champions by a minimum margin! The final standings are:

1st: Nedlands Primary School
2nd: Mount Lawley Primary School
3rd: Carmel Primary School

Three Nedlands Primary Schholplayers have also won individual board prises for best performance:

Board 1: Alex Pimenov (Nedlands Primary)
Board 2: Iker Hernandez (Mount Lawley Primary)
Board 3: Emily Zhang (Nedlands Primary)
Board 4: Drew Stanborough (Nedlands Primary)

Congratulations to all the participants and hope to see you all next year!


Report courtesy of: CAWA Facebook





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