Albion Park High chess team had their first round match against Calderwood Christian School at home in the school library at the end of term 1.
Being a newly assembled team with three Year 7 students (Samuel Mawbey, Caleb Bates and Matthew Longhurst) and one Year 10 student (Bryce Van Den Berg) it was a good test coming up against a quality side like Calderwood.
Captain Bryce led from the front and played a clever game to slowly dominate his opponent over the board. The checkmate was sealed with Bryce utilising his piece advantage and notching Albion Park High's first win. Samuel, Matthew and Caleb all battled valiantly as their matches swung back and forth, however, all three were unlucky to go down in very tight matches.
The boys showed great character against students much older than themselves and the experience gained will enable them to become better players down the track.
Round 2 saw us travel to Shellharbour Anglican College to play their chess team. Bryce and Samuel came up against two very experienced opponents and fought hard to try to wrestle control of the board. Unfortunately both went down in tight contests. Caleb had a very impressive win against a much older opponent. In a very close match, he slowly seized control of the board and managed to convincingly checkmate his opponent. Matthew played out a stalemate against his opponent. Even though he dominated the match he couldn't quite find the checkmate and had to settle for a draw.
Congratulations must go to our chess team who were fine representatives for Albion Park High and played all their matches competitively yet sportingly. We look forward to our next competition so the students can further develop their chess skills.