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Harristown SHS students are very fortunate to be able to benefit from a highly experienced chess coach visiting the school each week.  Starting in week 4 of term 2, all chess players interested in developing their game should attend chess coaching by Toowoomba Chess Club Coach David Stephson each Tuesday during first break in classroom B21.  Mr Stephson would like to assist all players master the royal game.  Students can then put their newly acquired knowledge to the test at Social Chess during second break also in room B21.  Even the not so serious can just turn up for a fun game with friends and Bronze Leaders Ben Frost and Kara Brown will show you the knight moves.
If you want to take your game to new heights, head over to the library court-yard for a game of outdoor chess.  The key to access the pieces can be obtained from the library counter.  Enjoy the expanded version of the royal game without walls!
For those that want to challenge themselves, the Toowoomba Chess Club (TCC) meet in the Conference Room each Wednesday evening from 6pm until 9:00pm.  Student players are especially welcome, and they are able to test their skills against more experienced players.
All the practice will culminate with the major event on the chess calendar for this semester, the 2017 Toowoomba District Individual Junior Chess Championship.  This exciting, fun-packed, six round chess tournament will provide the opportunity for secondary school students (Year 7 to Year 12) to compete against other juniors from around the Toowoomba region in one hour games. Parents and friends are all welcome at this tournament, which has a total prize pool of $375 plus trophies.  The tournament will be held at Toowoomba Grammar Junior School from 5:30pm until 9:00pm on June 10 and from 1pm until 5pm on June 11.  Individual entries cost $25.  The deadline to enter is 2nd June.  Entry forms are available from the School Administration Office. 
The experience gained playing competitive chess is invaluable. Playing in tournaments is the only way to obtain a rating.  Players are then able to compare themselves against other players at the most popular game. 
Guy McNicol,
Chess Co-ordinator.