Tarras School pupil Jemmimah McCombe-Rae (10), of Tarras, is
all concentration as she takes on Ben Paku (10), of George
Street Normal School, in the second round of the Otago
Southland primary intermediate interschool team chess
championship in Dunedin on Saturday.
About 70 children in 17 teams from 13 schools took part in
the event. The winning team will compete in the national
finals in Auckland in September.
Also, the top three teams would compete in a separate South
Island final in September, which was usually in Ashburton.
Tournament director Quentin Johnson said the competition, now
in its 10th year, was designed to encourage the development
of chess clubs in schools, and year-round play.
Ability levels tended to vary markedly between the
competitors, he said.
Intermediate: George St Normal A, 23 points, 1;
Tarras, 22, 2; Enrich, 21.5, 3.
Primary: Balmacewen A, 23.5, 1; Balmacewen B, 16.5, 2;
Tahuna A, 15.5, 3.