HB Region Secondary Schools Chess Tournament 2013
Hastings Sports Centre - Friday 17th May
Narrow escape for schools chess champion
Bailey Diack from Tamatea High School won the Hawke's Bay Secondary Schools Chess Championship in Hastings today.
The Year 12 student won all five of his games to be the clear winner of the Open Grade of the tournament at the Hastings Sports Centre.
However Diack admitted that a stroke of good fortune had helped him win the title.
In a key game with Year 11 Taradale High School student Nicholas Jacobs, he was a whole Rook down and headed for defeat - till he spotted the opportunity to threaten a sneaky checkmate.
"I saw it and I was just hoping he wouldn't," Diack said. "I was just lucky that he didn't see it coming."
Jacobs, perhaps losing concentration in expectation of imminent victory, failed to defend against the threat and was swiftly checkmated. He finished second.
Diack is largely self-taught. "I don't belong to a club; I just play with friends, it's just constant playing," he said.
Winners of other grades were: Year 11, Ezra Palmers, Hastings Christian High School; Year 10, Liam Millar, Havelock North High School; and Year 9, Levi Hawkins, Karamu High School.
About 45 students contested the championships, which were organised jointly by the Hastings District Council and Hawke's Bay Chess Inc.
Hawke's Bay Chess Incorporated
Bailey Diack (Photograph credit Hugh Forlong-Ford)
|1st||Levi Hawkins||Karamu High School
|2nd||Ben Caldwell||Havelock North High School
|3rd||Ju-Won Kim||Napier Boys' High School
|1st||Liam Millar||Havelock North High School
|2nd||Richard Beere||Napier Boys' High School
|3rd||Hope-Eloise Every||Havelock North High School
|1st||Ezra Palmers||Hastings Christian
|2nd||Alex King||Napier Boys' High School
|3rd||Rueben Rahui-Turi||Flaxmere College
|1st||Bailey Diack||Tamatea High
|2nd||Nicholas Jacobs||Taradale High School
|3rd||Reuben Sharko||Napier Boys' High School
HB Region Secondary Schools Chess Tournament 2012