MANLY Village Public School’s inaugural chess tournament came down to a nail-biting end yesterday when Ben Tapsell, 8, checkmated 11-year-old Yeong Kweon in a tense lunchtime final.
Â Although the school’s chess club has around 50 members, including about 30 regulars, the tournament was open to all students at the school.
Â Manly Village Public School teacher Peter Hopper said 25 students took part in the fiveweek tournament, supervised by fellow teacher Cherie Johnson- Read.
Â â€˜â€˜The growing interest in chess at our school will ensure the tournament becomes an annual competition,” she said.
Â Yesterday, young Ben proved the winner, but not before being checked by Yeong several times.
Â Semi-finalists were Liam McGregor, 10, and Calvin Bruun Plener, 11.