Kin Kora Chess Club
115 contest Wide Bay Capricorn Inter-All-Schools Tournament
A TOTAL of 115 primary and secondary students from the Gladstone and district region put their minds to the test in September 2001 during the Wide Bay Capricorn Inter-All-Schools Chess Tournament at Country Plaza International.
The day was a huge hit, thanks to the tireless efforts of tournament organiser and director of play Darryl Kirby, with students attending from schools throughout Gladstone and also Mt Larcom, Tannum Sands, Biloela, Thangool, Theordore and a team from Glenmore at Rockhampton.
Toolooa State High School won the Ron Streeter Motors Best Secondary School Shield and Kin Kora State School's team one the Boss Hog Computers Best Primary School Shield. The best four scores from each team counted towards the trophies.
There were several stand-out individual performances on the day but none more so than that of club member and St Stephen's College Year 3 student Luke Wagner, who at eight years of age, took out first place with a perfect eight wins.
Fellow St Stephen's College senior James Forsyth came a close second on seven points after two draws (by adjudication) late in the tournament. Also on seven points but third on a countback was George Briggs, of Tannum Sands State High School, who was impressive throughout the tournament.
Best finishing female was Danielle Johnson of West Gladstone State School with six wins from the eight-round tournament.
RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON
Luke scores division double down south
Club junior Luke Wagner, 8, has just returned from competing at the Gold Coast Classic and the Redcliffe Challenge during the school holidays. He impressed at both tournaments, scoring 3/7 at Gold Coast for a win in Division E and 3/6 (including a 1350-plus win) at Redcliffe for a win in Division C. Luke is now on course to represent Kin Kora Chess Club at the Australian Junior Championships (U10s & U12s) in Sydney in January.
More than 20 juniors contested the Fourth McDonald's Chess Tournament and Party at Mr Kirby's home in mid-September. The Johnson siblings, David and Danielle, took out the Best Boy and Best Girl respectively. See results.
Mr Kirby is planning to coach interested club members. This is additional to the work he does coaching at Kin Kora State School. This is a great opportunity to improve your game so if you're interested, contact Mr Kirby.
KKJCC members gaining Qld ratings points
KKJCC members are gaining Queensland junior ratings points with each tournament they enter. The September ratings are now out and there's been some rapid improvers.
Topping the Queensland Most Improved list is Luke Wagner who gained a massive 158 points in 37 games rated this two month period. Luke is now on 896, up from 646 at the start of the year. He is now rated second highest under-8 and 11th highest under-10 year old in Queensland.
The club had another great improver in Michael Webster who just returned from the Hervey Bay Open as Best Junior. Michael's rating rose 64 points this ratings period. He is now on 946.
Shannon Pink was 32nd highest improver in Queensland with 28 points to place him on 833 and Joshua Foley was 35th highest improver with 27 for a rating of 585.
Many members previously unrated will find they are now rated or have a provisional rating so check out the ratings on our ratings page (CAQ Ratings).
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