Bishop Druitt hosted the recent Primary Inter-School Chess Tournament in the Branson Centre. Twenty-three Primary school teams took part in the tournament, with Bishop Druitt entering 3 teams. For some of these children it was their first experience playing competitive chess and there was great excitement and anticipation as well as a good dose of nerves!
The 12 children enjoyed eleven games of chess throughout the day, with some having great personal success. Jaskirit Khunkhun won ten of her games and drew one game, meaning she had no losses all day. All of the children represented BDC very well, showing good manners and respect for their opponents, who came from a number of local schools.
The competition over all three grades, ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’, was intense with the children keeping a close eye on the progressive scores as they were updated. The ‘C’ grade team consisted of Jaskirit Khunkhun (captain), Maddie Griffiths, Brodie Lucock and Maggie McEvoy. The ‘B’ grade team consisted of Jasper Thompson (captain), Brody Byron, Daniel Langley and Yasanthi Grootscholten. The ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade teams won their respective divisions and each player received a medal and a plaque for the school. The ‘A’ grade team consisted of Will Morrall (captain), Danika Watson, Amy Gillespie and Joshua Lim. This team had a steep rise from ‘C’ grade last year to ‘A’ grade this year, so they found the competition to be very challenging. However, they all played well and held their own against some very good players.
A special thank you to our chess coach, Mr Maddix, who organised this tournament and who has helped to prepare our players through Chess Club each week.