McAuley College claims chess crown

CHECKMATE: Members of the champion McAuley College Chess team, Harrison Whittaker and Todd Gaudry.
CHECKMATE: Members of the champion McAuley College Chess team, Harrison Whittaker and Todd Gaudry.

Three master strategists from McAuley College have manoeuvred their way to the South-East Colleges Association Junior Chess crown.

Year seven boys Noah Schmidt, Harrison Whittaker and Todd Gaudry out-thought teams containing up to ten grade nine students from the ten rival SECA schools on their march to the title.

During the tournament, the pupils competed as individuals, with the team’s score calculated as a percentage based on the number of games played, so teams with fewer members were not disadvantaged.

Sports co-ordinator Amy Richards said it was a remarkable effort by the skilled young tacticians given they faced older children.

“They were competing in a division above where they should have been,” she said.

“The way they engaged in the competition and the integrity they displayed throughout was particularly pleasing.

“The boys put a lot of effort in, practising in the library during lunch times and they deserve the success.”

Ms Richards said chess was a critical thinking activity which required forward planning and benefited students in many other areas of academia.

She said it was exciting to see McAuley College achieving in another context.

“A lot of students out there enjoy that type of competition,” she said.

Ms Richards said the college offered a wide range of extra-curricular pursuits and would continue to encourage students to find their passions.