Movie spurs interest in chess contest

Monday March 12, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Runner-up Logan Kimaru with competition organiser, English teacher Edward Steele alongside winner Terall Timoti. 18030923 Runner-up Logan Kimaru with competition organiser, English teacher Edward Steele alongside winner Terall Timoti. 18030923

A closely-fought in-school chess competition concluded on Friday at Tereora College.

Organised by English teacher Edward Steele to be held at interval each day, the knockout tournament attracted plenty of interest.

Terall Timoti destroyed his semi-final opponent Arona Ngari in roughly three minutes and then went on to use the same move sequence to beat Logan Kimaru after he defeated Nelson Tangaroa to reach the decider.

Steele said the competition was started as a result of his Level 2 class watching the New Zealand film The Dark Horse which tells the story of chess player Genesis Potini.

“It started as a bit of fun at the end of class or lunch break and the senior students really took a hold of it.

“They got really competitive but also showed great sportsmanship in learning from defeat,” he said.

He also praised the senior boys in taking the time to teach the game to some of the younger students.

“Some juniors from year nine and 10 have been coming in and learning from some of the more senior boys about the rules but also the strategy behind the game.”

The competition was started initially as a way to give students something different to do at interval and lunchtime, Steele said.

“I wanted to give the students something to do in the heat that allowed them to exercise their minds, creativity and competitiveness.”

For his win yesterday, Terall won a Three Brothers barber voucher, a 16Gb USB stick and a sunglasses voucher, while runner-up Logan took home a copy of the Three Wise Cousins on DVD.

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