James Cook Chess Tournament 2017

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On Friday 15th September, James Cook High School hosted its first school chess tournament in over 20 years.  33 students took part in the competitive six round event, battling it out for the titles of senior and junior chess champion.  Throughout the day, students were also able to solve chess puzzles and receive coaching from Mr Kennedy and John McRae of Papatoetoe Chess Club.  Students soon became familiar with using the tournament chess clocks, and were problem solving new ways to win and lose with the games getting tighter as the day went on.  Going into the final round, three  players were leading the event and it was a tense finish for all.  Congratulations to the runners up Zion Williams and Shay’dyn Nehua who finished on 5/6 points.  Cruz Lazarus-Diamond also finished on 5/6 points, but was crowned the winner due to the countback system of scoring.  Congratulations Cruz, a year 10 student who takes out both the under 15 champion title and the senior champion title (pictured below).

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Thanks to the local Papatoetoe Chess Club for lending us their chess sets, their clocks and giving support in putting the event together.  At the beginning of the day, students entered the playing room, saw all the sets and clocks laid out and they were buzzing with excitement.  Because of all the extra sets and the use of clocks, the event was so much more of a spectacle and we could host so many more students in out tournament.  This provided a genuinely memorable experience for the students.

Well done to all the students who participated in the tournament.  Every player scored some points on the day and showed the great character and competition that exists in James Cook High School.  Chess is now being talked about in the corridors and played in the intervals.  Students are always asking, “Mr, when are we doing chess again?” “When’s the next tournament Mr?” There is now a real buzz around the library with heaps of chess sets being used at lunch and after school with the game growing in both popularity and enjoyment.  Thanks again, to Papatoetoe Chess Club for helping make this happen.

Jonny Kennedy
JCHS PE and Health Teacher, Chess Tournament Co-ordinator.

PACT Junior Tournament

PACT has been Running this Event for the last Ten years  for the Papatoetoe Primary schools in the area  .This was first year it  was won by Puhinuni Primary School with 49 Half points – 2nd Papatoetoe Holy Cross 35 Half -3rd Papatoetoe Central 31-Papatoetoe East 28

There was 48 Competitors from the four schools, this will be where the next champions will come from in the South Auckland Area .The Papatoetoe Chess Club would like to thank all the people who put this Tournament on. We would also like to see schools from Papatoetoe Primary West -South -North  all putting in a team next year

Juniors Winter Knight & Winter Pawn

This Wednesday night  26th Starts  off the two tournamemts  for the juniors  Winter Knight  for the A.grade  juniors  Winter  Pawn for all the beginers so all Juniors have chance at wining  this trophy  in this Grade  hope to see you all there. By -5.00  to  start at 5.30

Papatoetoe had  Hugh Goa, Lloyd Williams  play in the north island  junior  rapid.

Paul Norris Always Remembered With A Smile.

A few weeks ago there was the passing of one our highly respected members of our Club.

Paul Norris – ex President of Papatoetoe Chess Club from 2009 to 2016

a wonderful man, kind and more than happy to help anybody with a smile on his face.

“Alexander play with a smile, dont worry be happy” .. first words he ever said to me, when i asked him about chess from Alexander L.

Best saying was always “It is what it is” John M.

He will always be remembered never forgotten R.I.P

Players At the Pakuranga “Latvian” Touranment

This was Howick Pakuranga’s premier event “Latvian” strongest field with 115 players.

Papatoetoe had  9 players at the tournament  A Grade Under 1950: 1st= Oliver Picken, D Grade 1st Louis Lee, D Grade Under 1000: 1st Paul Postma. The others played performed quite admirably.

 

Papatoeoe Results for Oceania Zonal 2017

Papatoetoe had 3 players

Oliver Picken, Barry Hooton, Danny Madden.

Would like to congratulate all players on doing so well. Oliver achieving a Candidate Master (CM) with 4.5 points in the final round defeating Viney Kumar from Australia (1703). Barry on 3.5 and Danny Madden on 2.5. which was great result as it was his second only tournament ever.

Last Night a Great Success

Hi to all Members

Thanks to all the juniors  Oliver Picken  played on the night   26 Boards  and though  time did not allow  us to finsh the all the games  he was in front  on all Boards .The Prizes went too Jasraj Singh Chadha -Ryan Nguyen  -Emily Massey. That he  had the hardest games with

.Thanks to all the  parents that helped on the night .

Later in evening  Oliver played 10 seniors   Result unknown

NEW START TIME  FOR  2017

February  Wednesday 1st  at 5.30  PM

IF YOU CAN NOT MAKE IT PLEASE CONTACT JOHN MCRAE OR DAVID TAYLOR

Last Night for Papatoetoe Chess Club

Hi to all club members

This Wednesday Night  7th is the  last club night  for Juniors and Seniors

Oviler Picken all the way from Whangarei is the 3rd best  Junior player in New Zealand he is giving a simal at the club rooms. For the juniors  and any  seniors who wish too play  from 6.00pm on  every body bring a plate.  Theres also the  prize giving for the juniors  so don’t be late.

ALL WELCOME TO ANY ONE THAT READS THIS

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