THE York Public School chess club has made all the right moves.
Year 5 teacher Bilynda Robins and 15 students competed in the Nepean district leg of the NSW Junior Chess League recently.
Even in the school’s first year competing, and as a wild card entry, they took first and second places in the competition.
â€œThey had never played chess before,â€ Mrs Robins said. â€œAnd we came first and second. Our A and B teams beat the other schools.â€
Competing schools included Montgrove College, Blaxland East Public School, Penrith Christian College and Our Lady of the Way, Emu Plains, where the competition was held.
Mrs Robins said she formed the chess teams in term two this year and coached the students from beginners to winners in only several months.
â€œI started going on YouTube where there were chess lessons to teach the kids and teach myself,â€ she said.
â€œThere’s all different moves like the Bulgarian line of defence. I was planning moves with them.
â€œIt’s increased my knowledge of chess.â€
Daniel Henderson, 11, of South Penrith, said the students battled the odds to come out on top.
â€œWhen we first arrived we were told we were the underdogs,â€ he said. â€œThen when we started to play our first game we were right up there.â€
The school’s A team will compete in the primary schools one-day tournament state finals at Auburn-Lidcombe RSL Youth Centre on Sunday, November 28.