CHESS players battled it out for the checkmate at the NSW Junior Chess League competition on Friday.
Held at Tamworth Public School, the competition saw 34 teams from across the region take part.
The top spot was taken out by a Calrossy Anglican School team, with Timbumburi Public School in second and Tamworth Public School in third.
Tamworth Public School chess coordinator Jennifer Battle said her students practiced every Tuesday in the lead up to the event.
“It’s a chance to meet other opponents,” she said.
“Schools are trying to push critical thinking and reasoning as two of the skills children need for the future and chess is just one game that can do that.
“It’s an opportunity for the kids that might not be into sports to represent their school.
“We want to offer all kinds of opportunities to students in sport, academics, art, public speaking – and I guess chess is just another area where they can give something new a go.”
Students from year two to six took part in the competition from across the region.
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