Our Chess team made it to National finals…again!
The Pakenham Secondary College Middle Years Chess Team have qualified in the 2017 National Australian Chess Grand Finals to be held on the 27th and 28th of November at the Queen’s College, Melbourne University.
Students competed in late October, finishing 6th out of 26 champion schools from all over the State of Victoria.
The top player and hero of the team was Yven Cole (6 wins) who won in the last round that gave us 1 point that pushed us to 6th place to qualify for the Nationals. Other members of the team that will represent us in the nationals are Sibtain Azeem, Danien Kho, Fabian Bonaudi, and Hayden King (all four had 5 wins each) . The new players that had at least 4 wins are Leon Rehl, Daniel Tomich and Mitchell Dupuy.
Yven Cole was awarded the most improved player trophy of the day for receiving an astonishing 139 increase in his rating. Among the top 10 schools in the state we are the only non select entry Government School playing against Grammar schools. The only other Government schools that finished ahead of us were Melbourne High School (1st place) and Nossal (5th place), which was only half a point ahead of us.
Our top five girls that will join them in the Nationals are Victoria Hendrick, Amina Hussaini, Krystal Whalley, Elina Cole and Kalleah McCaw.