Toowoomba Annual Individual Chess Competition

The SJC Chess club has again grown exponentially this year with several year 7 and 8 students joining our College ranks. Training sessions every fortnight with Mr Les Lord have certainly paid off and we now have over 33 students playing regularly. Last weekend, had twelve representatives from St Joseph’s Chess Club who competed in the annual Toowoomba District Secondary Schools’ Individual Chess Championships across two divisions; the Junior division Open/all age division and the Junior division (Years 7, 8, 9 & 10).

Competitors from the College club (back left to right): Jamie Westerhout, Logan Stagg, Kameron Bein, Jacob Westerhout, Sam Edmondson, Toby Keirsnowski, Hayden Maripa. (Middle) Brandon Bonell, Andre Fuller. (Front): Nick Ardika, Ethan Stagg and Vivek Chauhan.

St Joseph’s College Chess team earned some well-deserved success and, despite the cold, the students were in fine spirits. We missed the strategic abilities of two of our more experienced players (Will Creevey and Brent Pedernal) due to work commitments and illness; however, this did not deter the boys’ confidence over the course of the weekend. All of the players won at least one game, with some of the players winning all of their games on Sunday. Honourable mention must be made regarding the unquestionable sportsmanship and achievements of Sam Edmondson, who took out second place for the tournament, as well as Toby Kiersnowski, who placed sixth. A fabulous effort, out of a pool of 122 players and students from most of the high schools in Toowoomba taking part in the competition.

We also welcomed some new players to the local competition circuit, with the addition of Ethan Stagg (year 7) and brothers, Jamie and Jacob Westerhout, joining the Club this year. Our students showed collegial support for one another, celebrated the wins and commiserated the losses. Once again, I was proud to stand beside the talented, enthusiastic and dedicated students of St Joseph’s College. This was a fantastic effort by everyone and places the College in a comfortable position for the Team tournament coming up in August.

Next term, there will be more exciting opportunities for our chess enthusiasts, with the Toowoomba District Secondary Schools’ Group Chess Championships. Teams of four will battle it out across two divisions. The overall winning team/school of the local championship will also qualify to represent the region in the Queensland Interschool Teams State Finals being held in Brisbane, mid-October. The details of the local chess tournament are as follows:

Any students interested in joining the College club, come along to one of our Tuesday lunch time sessions in the library each week. New members are very welcome. Interschool chess is a great medium to foster good relations with other students and promotes co-operation and team spirit. We warmly urge you to take up the opportunity to represent your school with pride and to play the “greatest board game in the world”.