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Annual chess tournament continues to attract

The Hawke’s Bay District’s Secondary Schools’ Years 7-13 Chess Tournament was held in the Hastings Sports Centre (May 18), attracting 121 players from 19 Hawke’s Bay Schools.

The tournament was jointly organised by Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Chess Inc.

Mike Earle, President of Hawke’s Bay Chess Inc. and organiser of the tournament since its inception 39 years ago was pleased with the continued participation and noted Nuhaka’s dominance at intermediate level, and Napier Boys’ High School and Lindisfarne’s strengths at secondary level.

The annual tournament is one of three to be held throughout the year, with a teams’ tournament in August and junior tournament in October to follow.


Top three in each grade:

Open – Charlie Li (Napier Boys’ High School) 1, Sebastien Ayson-Macfarlane (Napier Boys’ High School) 2, Connor Molloy (Napier Boys’ High School) 3.

Year 11 – Matthew Sexton (Napier Boys’ High School) 1, Thomas Henderson (Napier Boys’ High School) 2, Benjamin Thoresen (Taradale High School) 3.

Year 10 – Finley Duncan (Lindisfarne College) 1, Kurt Bickerstaff (Napier Boys’ High School) 2, Stanley Baty (Napier Boys’ High School) 3.

Year 9 – Harry Brenton-Rule (Lindisfarne College) 1, Connor Robinson (Napier Boys’ High School) 2, Aysha Vossen-Chong (Havelock North High School) 3.

Year 8 – William Duncan (Lindisfarne College) 1, Grace Kuil – (Nuhaka School) 2, Camden Champion (Nuhaka School) 3.

Year 7 – Fulin Hong (Napier Intermediate School) 1, Henry Hayden-Smart (Hereworth School) 2, Hugo Till (Lindisfarne College) 3.


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