Capalaba State College competes in interschool chess competition

GAME ON: Year 11 student James Lehmann.

GAME ON: Year 11 student James Lehmann.

CAPALABA State College has improved their placing by two places in A grade since last year by placing fifth at the interschool chess competition.

The grade A and B teams competed in three rounds this year against Brisbane high schools, with the finals on August 7.

The college finished 13th place overall against 92 other teams.

Capalaba State College Chess coach Craig Edgman said he was proud of the students’ efforts.

“It’s an impressive result for a school with a fraction of the population of most of the top performing chess schools,” he said.

The college has competed in the competition since 2008 and have been recognised as Chess Coordinator of the Year in 2016.

Mr Edgeman said students were eager to practise throughout the year in the lead up to competitions.

“I run an interschool chess championship each year, which is hotly contested and is a major part of my players’ preparation,” he said.

“There is also a keen chess culture that has developed over the years at the college and lots of students play each other every lunch break in the library.

“That will continue as the students prepare for the Brisbane Individual Age Championships in November.”

Year 9 student Ashleigh Walker.

Year 9 student Ashleigh Walker.