Published on: 13 June 2024

Our Christ Church Chess team has once again taken out the top spot at the Four Schools Chess Tournament against Hale School, Scotch College and Guildford Grammar. The School has a long and proud history of offering Chess as a Co-curricular activity, with current opportunities to learn Chess offered to all students, starting as young as Year 1. Chess enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and concentration while fostering patience, sportsmanship, and resilience. Moreover, it promotes inclusivity and provides lifelong strategic and analytical skills essential for future challenges.

The team was made up of Senior School students James Renouf, Jeremiah Wang, Allen He, Jack Poulson, William Johannsson-Jones, James Gregory, Andy Wu, Max Pearse, and Carlos Jin. Their final score after the six rounds was 37.5 out of a possible 48, with Hale coming in second with 29.5 points. You can watch a video of the gameplay between students here.

Teacher in charge Jack Damon commented that the students were outstanding and made a special mention to Carlos Jin (Year 10) who won all six games – particularly impressive as this was his first tournament. 

Each year, this event serves as an important precursor to the PSA Tournament in Term 3. Christ Church has a stellar record at the event and won the title for the 14th consecutive year last year. We congratulate the reigning Chess champs on their success and wish them all the best in PSA Chess next term!