Four mates checkmate the competition, earning them a top place in the Chess State Finals.
St Stephen’s Catholic College chess team won the Queensland Secondary Regional Teams event at the State Titles, which were held in Brisbane last weekend.
The boys finished 8th overall out of 18 teams, who competed at the prestigious event.
Year 7 student Caleb Shorey finished in 10th position out of 79 competitors in the individual standings, scoring 4.5 wins from 6 rounds on Board 4. Caleb’s efforts won him the Regional Board 4 medal.
It was a clean sweep for Mareeba in the Regional section with St Thomas’ taking out the Primary Regional Teams event as well.
St Stephen’s chess coordinator Mr Christopher Ellison said the boy’s determination paid off. “They were up against some stiff competition from a number of prestigious metropolitan schools and handled the pressure admirably,” he said.
“Some of the games went for up to three hours and it took a lot of concentration and brain power for them to keep going. We are very proud of their achievements.”
Mr Ellison said the boys were well prepared for the competition, giving credit to Mike Harnischfeger who coached them throughout the year.
“The results achieved by St Stephen’s and St Thomas’ is validation of the hard work he has put into teaching and promoting chess over a number of years at schools in the Mareeba area,” he said.
Year 11 student, Thomas Gargan said although the completion was serious and challenging, they got the result they were hoping for. “It was an amazing experience and we got lucky a few times,” he said.