Students show off problem-solving skills at Tasmanian Schools Chess Championships

STRATEGY: St Patrick's College student Thomas Waddingham versus Scotch Oakburn College student Benjamin Brown at a game of chess. Picture: Phillip Biggs

STRATEGY: St Patrick's College student Thomas Waddingham versus Scotch Oakburn College student Benjamin Brown at a game of chess. Picture: Phillip Biggs

It was a day filled with tension, strategy and celebration at the finals of the Tasmanian Schools Chess Championships. 

Tasmanian students travelled great distances to take part in the championships in Launceston this week, ready to show off their problem-solving skills. 

Event manager Tim Broome said there were 165 students from primary and secondary schools taking part in the event.

“Chess uses all different parts of your brain – there are the spatial aspects and looking widely and visualising moves ahead of time,” Mr Broome said.

“This week we’ve seen a few really strong players in the primary section and players in the secondary section that will match up in a national competition later this year.” 

Winners of the Tasmanian championships will head to the national chess championships in November. 

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