Fernvale students swarm chess comp

Twenty-eight students from Fernvale State School travelled to Ipswich Grammar School on Tuesday 5 March for the Term 1 Brisbane West Zone Interschool Chess Competition. Picture: GEOFF BUTLER

Fernvale State School sent a horde of students to compete in the Term 1 Brisbane West Zone Interschool Chess Competition last week.

On Tuesday 5 March, 28 Fernvale students boarded a bus to Ipswich Grammar School where they competed against students from across the region in A and B grade competitions.

Fernvale State School chess teacher Geoff Butler said the school was well-represented in the competition of 120 students.

“I think from memory there were about 45 teams from about 15 schools in the region playing,” Mr Butler said.

“There were some pretty decent standard players there, and there were a lot of kids there playing for the first time, which was great.

“Historically we take a decent amount of children, we’re one of the bigger participation and stronger schools in the region at chess.

“We took a number of kids who were playing in their first ever chess competition, which is a little unusual for Fernvale, it doesn’t happen that often.”

A number of children won merit certificates for scoring 4.5 out of 7 or better on the day.

“In B grade one of our teams came 3rd and in A grade one of our young fellows, Jensen, came 2nd overall,” Mr Butler said.

“He was the highest rated player so he was actually expecting to probably win it, but that’s how chess goes sometimes, it doesn’t always work out the way it should.”

Mr Butler said the competition would increase in size and difficulty in the following terms.

“I would expect that in term 2 that competition will have 150 or more and in term 3 it’ll be pushing 200,” he said.

“They all played well, they had a great day, and it was very well run.

“We’re looking forward to the next one in term 2.”