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  • 4th October, 2018

Chess Club – Qualifying Moments of Success and Strength

At the centre of a buzzing crowd of 900 competing students, one A.B. Paterson College student sat, intently focussed during his first taste of the Premier Division. For Year 4 student, Junoh Han, the September Combined Gold Coast Districts Primary Interschool Competition at Carrara Basketball Stadium would be a defining moment, in his development as a player and in his personal growth.

Earlier, Junoh had shared his feelings of unease; however, he persevered with strong support from his team. Junoh’s final game was long and hard, and he was not aware of the crowd’s interest around him as he battled on, nor was he aware this game was pivotal to several schools due to close scores. His well-fought win saw his team leap into fourth position on the leader board, but – above all – was testament to Junoh’s strong will to do his best.

This moment epitomised the values and strengths demonstrated by all 17 of our A.B. Paterson College students, from Year 4-6, throughout the competition.

This competition is the largest and most fiercely contested on our yearly Junior Chess Club calendar, and our five A.B. Paterson College teams can be immensely proud of their accomplishments.

Students’ successes at the conclusion of competition included:

  • Queensland State Finals 2018 qualification earned by AB Paterson Team 1 Premier Division:
  • Artem Belozerov 6C
  • Thomas Kapetanovic 5H
  • Mitchell Chen 4W
  • Junoh Han 4A
  • Second Individual Player placement in D Division with Silver Medal awarded to:     
  • Grant Rogers 6C

  • Second Team placement in B Division with Silver Medal awarded to:
  • Matthew Manjikian 6K
  • Zach Wang 4S
  • Timothy Yau 6K
  • Rishabh Nama 5M
  • Second Team placement in D Division with Silver Medal awarded to:
  • Grant Rogers 6C
  • Ruvindu Siriwardana 4A
  • Ethan Vu 5H
  • Agan Pillai 5H
  • Merit ribbons for high point scores achieved by Artem Belozerov 6C, Thomas Kapetanovic 5H, Matthew Manjikian 6K, Zach Wang 4S, Grant Rogers 6C, Ruvindu Siriwardana 4A, Seeret Arora 4W and Elaine Lu 4S.
  • Highest male point scores achieved by Grant Rogers 6C (placed 2nd in his division) and Matthew Manjikian 6K (placed 4th in his division) with six wins each.
  • Highest female point scores achieved by Elaine Lu 4S (five wins).

Susanne Ginnane
Junior Chess Club Supervisor

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