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Siena Chess Club

On Tuesday 22 May, the Siena Chess club attended the Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) Chess Tournament, facilitated by Chess Victoria. In addition to our Siena girls, the competition for secondary schools included teams from PLC, MacRobertson High School, and Balwyn High School.  There were 115 students competing in both the primary and secondary school divisions. 

The Siena participants were: Jasmine Skutela, Zoe Kelly, Emily Ovens, Siena Justus, Estelle Jones, Nicole Ahn, and Carly Walsh.  The competition was very tough with both PLC and MacRobertson entering several teams each for the day.  However, our single teamed Siena girls played well, using clever strategies and recalling skills learnt in the weekly Chess Club meetings. For most of the Year 7 and 8s, it was their first ever tournament and so it was a great opportunity to learn tournament protocols and combat nerves. Zoe Kelly won four out of seven games and was ranked 8th out of 31 girls.

The Siena Chess Club meets every Wednesday at lunchtime in the College Library.  At the meetings, we are very fortunate to have the benefit of learning from Ms. Rose Unal, an expert chess player and representative of Dark Horse Chess Coaching.  New players of all skill levels, including absolute beginners, are very welcome to come along!

 Heather O’Keefe
Learning Enhancement

From the chess tournament, I learnt many new tactics and defensive moves to put to use in the future. I really enjoyed the day and thought it was busy but in a good way. I can’t wait to go to more chess tournaments in the future.
Jasmine Skutela

 This week I had the opportunity to compete in another chess tournament, the first for 2018.  We went as a team of 7, but only two of us had been to a tournament before, so it was a great start to the year - especially for the newer players - to learn some new skills and improve.  I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament, and I’m looking forward to continuing chess this year and building up my skills to teach others. (And hopefully not being placed on table 1 so much...) 

Zoë Kelly

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