10th November 2017
Over the last weekend in October five of our boys: Mitchell Bowmar, Angus Carr, Lachie Short, Luke Skinner and Oscar Todhunter, competed in the New Zealand Chess Power Champions Trophy. There were 163 players from around New Zealand who had qualified from regional competitions competing in Hamilton. The event was played as an Open Under 18 competition. All of the boys had some successes during the day, with Lachie top scoring on 6.5/9 to finish =12th in the Open U18 section and winning a distinction award as one of the top U18 players.
The next day four more boys, Edward Bodie-Healy, Charlie Burdon, Josh Mills and Will Saunders joined the others to compete in the National Teams events. Waihi had qualified for both the Junior and Intermediate finals. This was our debut in the Nationals and the boys found it very tough. The Juniors finished 15th out of 20 teams (Luke Skinner top scoring on 5/9). The Intermediate team competition was even harder, with Waihi placed last out of the 15 schools. (Lachie Short was on top boards all day and finished as the =5th placed individual).
My huge thanks to Rohan Brighouse, Anne Todhunter, Phil Skinner, Fiona Bowmar and Pennie Saunders who accompanied me and the boys over the weekend.