HB Schools Years 7 - 13 Chess Tournament 2016
Hastings Sports Centre - Friday 20th May
Fast mover wins Hawke's Bay Schools Chess Championship
Speedy play helped Calvin Herbert claim the Hawke's Bay Schools Chess Championship in Hastings today.
Herbert, a Year 12 student at Hastings Boys' High School, won all six of his games in the secondary open section of the championship, played at the Hastings Sports Centre.
In two of his games he won because his opponent had exceeded the 15-minute limit allocated to each player.
"I play a lot of chess on-line, where we only have three minutes each for the whole game, so it was easy for me to play quickly here," he explained.
Herbert's victims included two of the favourites, Charlie Li and Sebastian Ayson-Macfarlane. Li, who won the tournament last year, and Ayson-Macfarlane, who finished second this year, are both Year 10 students at Napier Boys' High School.
"I'd never beaten them before so I was thrilled to win those games," he said.
"This is the first tournament I've ever won and I'll definitely continue with chess - I love it."
The championship, supported by the Hastings District Council and Hawke's Bay Chess Inc, catered for secondary and intermediate students.
Winners of other sections were:
Year 11: Harry Champion, Napier Boys' High School.
Year 10: Aidan Olsen, Lindisfarne College.
Year 9: Isaac Kim, Napier Boys' High School.
Year 8: Finley Duncan, Lindisfarne College
Year 7: Dylan Anderson, Taradale Intermediate School.
First in Open Grade: Calvin Herbert
21 May 2016
A big thank you to all of the schools who participated in yesterday's years 7 - 13 chess tournament. There are always going to be winners and losers but we hope that the kids all enjoyed the experience.
And thank you also to Opal Taylor and her team at the Hastings Sports Centre. These tournaments involve them in a lot of extra work, which they happily undertake so that students can have the opportunity to take part in the game of chess at a more serious level.
Open 1st Calvin Herbert Hastings Boys
2nd Seb Ayson-Macfarlane Napier Boys
3rd Jade Dixon Hastings Boys
Year 11 1st Harry Champion Napier Boys
2nd Nick Wright Napier Boys
3rd Nathaniel Smith Hastings Christian School
Year 10 1st Aiden Olsen Lindisfarne
2nd Dane Skogstad Karamu
3rd Christopher Eldridge Taradale High
Year 9 1st Isaac Kim Napier Boys
2nd Lachlan Taylor Lindisfarne
3rd Lee-Ban Kim Napier Boys
Year 8 1st Finley Duncan Lindisfarne
2nd Ben Shirley Napier Intermediate
3rd Jessica Bremner Nuhaka
Year 7 1st Dylan Anderson Taradale Intermediate
2nd Harry Brenton-Rule Hereworth
3rd Cassius Solomon Hereworth
Coming chess tournaments
Friday 12 August Inter-school Teams' Tournament
Friday 28 October Hawke's Bay Junior, years 1 - 6 Tournament.
Hawke's Bay Chess Inc
HB Region Secondary Schools Chess Tournament 2015