Just four take on NZ’s chess best

CHESS MATES: Riki Walker and Xavier Solomon (left), and Enoka-Ben Pewhairangi Nukunuku and Te Ngakau Waru, with coach Matua Al Hutchinson. Picture supplied

The chess team from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna competed for the first time in the Annual Primary Chess Power Competition in Auckland — and are looking forward to doing it again next year.

“Ideally, schools were entitled to have eight players, and the scores of the best four from your school would be collated and posted. But being a small school, we were only able to field a team of four,” said principal Tania Hunter.

Despite this, the small East Coast school placed 20th out of 71 schools.

“It was an amazing event and they loved it.

“More students at our school are keen to play chess now as a result, with a hope of going to nationals next year.”

There were 359 participants from 71 schools across the country and a total of 1611 games of chess played during the day.

TKKM o Mangatuna was placed second in the Tairawhiti regional chess competition in August, which meant they were eligible to attend the national event.

“Our chess coach Matua Al Hutchinson from Eastern Knights Chess Club comes to our kura once a week, and we are thankful for all his time and effort in coaching chess at our kura.”

“Two awesome parents, Darryl Crawford and Ngoi Pewhairangi, travelled with our team.”

“This was the first time we had participated and we know it’s not going to be the last.”

The chess team from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna competed for the first time in the Annual Primary Chess Power Competition in Auckland — and are looking forward to doing it again next year.

“Ideally, schools were entitled to have eight players, and the scores of the best four from your school would be collated and posted. But being a small school, we were only able to field a team of four,” said principal Tania Hunter.

Despite this, the small East Coast school placed 20th out of 71 schools.

“It was an amazing event and they loved it.

“More students at our school are keen to play chess now as a result, with a hope of going to nationals next year.”

There were 359 participants from 71 schools across the country and a total of 1611 games of chess played during the day.

TKKM o Mangatuna was placed second in the Tairawhiti regional chess competition in August, which meant they were eligible to attend the national event.

“Our chess coach Matua Al Hutchinson from Eastern Knights Chess Club comes to our kura once a week, and we are thankful for all his time and effort in coaching chess at our kura.”

“Two awesome parents, Darryl Crawford and Ngoi Pewhairangi, travelled with our team.”

“This was the first time we had participated and we know it’s not going to be the last.”

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