On Saturday 6th May in Olinda, a chess competition was held to decide the best male and female junior player in outer Eastern Melbourne. Jared Frost of Croydon Chess took out top honours and the title of King, as well as $50 prize money, with 7 wins out of 7 games. Runner-up was Jared Christensen also of Croydon on 6. Twelve-year-old Brittany Bosse was best performer among the girls scoring 3.5 and was crowned Queen of the Mountain.
This was the first time the King of the Mountain competition has been held. The organiser, Paul Bearup, said it was a great success with a turnout of 35 entries aged between 15 and 6. "It was an enjoyable day. The kids were cooperative and learned a lot about winning and losing. With this level of interest we will certainly make it an annual chess event for young people in this area."
The seven round championship was held in the Olinda Senior Citizens Centre and was jointly sponsored by Ranges Chess Club and Croydon Chess. The participants were instructed on how to use the chess clocks so the players each had a maximum of 20 minutes to make all their moves. Wayne Guy officiated as chief arbiter and donated the $50 for the over-all winner. Wayne coaches chess in local schools and runs the regular Rookies Shield competition in Ferntree Gully Library. Through his organization, ChessPlanet.com.au, Wayne encourages young people to take up the game both for the learning skills it develops as well as for fun.
Results - trophies were awarded to the following for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in their age groups:
- Under 14s: David Leonard, Luke Herbert and Cameron Mullins
- Under 12s: Pearce Jackson, William Mutschlier and Kevin Hartje
- Under 10s: Kyle Gibson, Damar Bull-Quijano and Joel Bardwell with Ben Gogas on equal third
- Under 8s: Cameron Yung, Natasha Di Luzio and Isabel Yffer
Further information about Ranges Chess Club can be obtained by phoning Paul Bearup on 0417 319 355.