OBHS chess champions

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After six hours of intense concentration, the Otago Boys’ High School A chess team was named champion of the South Island Secondary Schools Chess Championships.
The school’s A and B teams qualified for the championships, held in Ashburton on August 31.
A team captain Sean Lau said each fourman team was ranked from one to four and played their opposite numbers on the opposing teams for overall points.
The teams all played each other in a round robin and the Otago Boys’ A team finished on top by 14 points.
‘‘I think we prepared quite well for it. We were mentally ready and had the right mindset,’’ Sean said.
‘‘We kept an eye on upcoming matches without losing focus on our current status.’’
At the beginning of the competition, the team ‘‘scoped out’’ its competition to see what strategies they used.
The B team played in the same competition and finished third, while also doing its part in helping the A team to victory, he said.
‘‘They were two points ahead of Ashburton and recorded some good, strong results against some of the stronger [teams] there. That took points off them and helped us.’’
The team is now preparing for the national competition, which will be held in Palmerston North during the school holidays at the end of this month.