St Nic’s score chess bragging rights

A TAMWORTH Catholic primary school has secured bragging rights after edging out its regional rivals in an inter-school chess competition.

Sixty-two students from St Nicholas’, St Joseph’s and St Edward’s in Tamworth, St Michael’s in Manilla and St Xavier’s in Gunnedah locked horns last week.

CHECK-MATES: Imeshi Dayapatne, of St Nicholas’ Primary and Bailey Young, St Edward’s primary, do battle in the inter-school chess competition in Tamworth last week. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 160514GOC04

CHECK-MATES: Imeshi Dayapatne, of St Nicholas’ Primary and Bailey Young, St Edward’s primary, do battle in the inter-school chess competition in Tamworth last week. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 160514GOC04

St Nicholas’ Primary emerged a narrow victor and will have the chance to defend the title when the schools reconvene for another hit-out later in the year.

Ethan Gale, of St Nicholas’, was crowned the individual winner from joint runners-up Vitorio Sardinha, of St Xavier’s, and Ethan Waters, of St Joseph’s.

St Joseph’s school secretary and chess co-ordinator Maureen McNeill said the competition had been a great success.

“Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasising the ability of the individual – and that’s really what the day’s about,” she said.

Ms McNeill also said she wished to thank McDonald’s for its support in providing food vouchers to the students.

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