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Some 120 pupils from years 1 to six who took part in the junior tournament.
Intermediate and senior graded players compete today at Southland Boys' High School.
The intermediate-senior regionals tournament is open to years 7 to 13.
Invercargill-Southland Chess Club co-founder Edward Lee said more than 220 people were expected to compete over the two days, a big increase from previous years.