Across the board piece by piece

Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Yakim Gonen (9) considers options as he plays a chess match during the Otago-Southland Under-13 Chess Championships at the Otago Chess Club in Dunedin on Saturday.

Club junior development officer Quentin Johnson said 37 children took part in the championships.

''It's a good turnout - it's just about at capacity,'' he said.

''There's some quite strong players who represented their high school team despite being only intermediate age.''

The players came from as far afield as Queenstown, Oamaru, Cromwell, Alexandra and Limehills, in Southland. Some of the players were good enough that they would compete in the under-20 championships in a fortnight. ''It's good fun,'' Mr Johnson said.

''It's a chance to learn the ups and downs of a sporting contest and take the good with the bad, and enjoy a nice game of chess.''

The winners were:

Under 13: Martin Brook (11, John McGlashan College) 1, Romero Suggate (11, Tahuna Intermediate) 2, Liam Gonen (12, Home School) 2, Derick van Basten (12, Oamaru Intermediate) 2.

Under-11 grade: Oliver Hobbs (10, Balmacewen Intermediate) 1, Ryan Choi, (9, Queenstown School) 1, Tom Barson (10, Port Chalmers School) 3.

Best intermediate team: (John McGlashan College) Martin Brook (11), Gary Yao (12) and John Mengel (11).

Best primary team: (Port Chalmers School) Tom Barson (10), Fen McIntosh (10) and Louie McGlynn-Cole (10).

Best girl: Mary Mengel (10, Maori Hill School).

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