Check…mate

Tournament winner Makana Rawaho and one of his opponents Phoenix Gilligan during a match, with Kerran Bellamy and Klay Connett playing behind them. Not shown: Intermediate winner Ethan Hau

Plans are underway for a regional schools’ chess tournament, following a successful series of in-house contests at Ruawai College library.

Chess-playing students received preparation and coaching from Diana Schaefer and Oliver Picken from the Whangarei chess group, and during March, intermediate and experienced pupils competed, facing new opponents with each round. 

Library manager, Amy Mehrtens, suggested the in-house tournament to the students after noticing the number of regular chess players, and encouraged them to get involved. 

“The school has been incredibly supportive and the principal, Mrs Raeleen Harre, is especially keen for it to become an annual fixture, with a trophy awarded at the end of year prizegiving for each years’ college champion. 

This is the first year the tournament has been held,” says Ms Mehrtens. Details of the proposed regional contest have yet to be finalised. 


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