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Kings of Chess

Mareeba students created history by becoming the first MSHS team to win the Far North Schools Chess Tournament

FOUR students from Mareeba State High have created school history after they won the Open Division of the Far North Schools Chess Tournament held at the Trinity Anglican School in Cairns recently.

Luke Bradley (year 9), Matthew Heggie (year 8), Jack Kruse (Year 8) and Minjinarkle McInnes (year 8) won the competition by a total of 3.5 points after they came out on top of five of their allotted seven games.

It’s an impressive achievement from the four students, as the Far North Schools Chess Tournament pits the most capable players in the region from year 7 right through to year 12 against each other in a battle of strategy and nous.

Mareeba State High School’s Gifted and Talented Coordinator Stefanie Prizmic was ecstatic with the students’ performance in the tournament.

“There were more than 350 competitors across five divisions competing in the tournament,” she said.

“The students performed extremely well under the pressure of the competition and have done our school so proud.

“They spend the majority of their time practicing in the library, which goes to show that hard work and practice pays

Mrs Prizmic said she would like to thank Gary Tudehope for accompanying the students.

With yet another historic achievement for Mareeba State High School to come courtesy of the Gifted and Talented Program, the work former coordinator Christina Ellacott and current coordinator Stefanie Prizmic has done and continues to do is to be commended.

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