22nd September 2017
On Tuesday 22 August twelve Waihi boys travelled to Christchurch for a school’s teams event.
In the A Grade competition Waihi had four wins from five games, leaving them in second place. A great performance lead by captain Lachie Short on Board One scoring 5/5 and ably backed up by Luke Skinner (3/5), Oscar Todhunter (3/5) and Mitchell Bowmar (2.5/5).
Our other two teams found the going a little trickier, but congratulations to the Waihi 2 team who managed three wins from their five matches with Angus Carr (4/5), Harry Schmack (3.5/5) and Josh Mills (3/5) all scoring over 50%.
Waihi 3 fought valiantly but were unable to win any of their five matches against tough opposition.
On Wednesday 6 September Waihi represented South Canterbury in the South Island School teams event in both the Junior and Intermediate sections.
Our Junior team (Luke Skinner, Angus Carr, Will Saunders and Edward Bodie-Healy) played some entertaining chess but unfortunately lost five out of their six matches. They did however have the remarkable statistic of being the only team to beat the overall Champions, in Round 5, an amazing result!
The Intermediate team (Lachie Short, Oscar Todhunter, Mitchell Bowmar and Josh Mills) played themselves to a standstill and in every round the last game to finish involved a Waihi player. They lost just twice in seven rounds, losing to the teams who finished first and second. Unfortunately, they missed out on a podium place by the narrowest of margins as the teams in 3rd to 5th places were separated by board count.
The was the final event of the term and was held in Christchurch on Tuesday 19 September.
Lachie Short represented Waihi and played five tough rounds of chess. He faced off in Round 3 against an opponent he was yet to beat in two previous inter-school team competition meetings this year (one draw and one loss).
After another long and tense struggle, Lachie finally gained a crucial victory. He then held his nerve and decisively won in Rounds 4 and 5 also, to finish with 5/5 and the Canterbury Inter-Schools Year 7 title.