From the Manningham Leader
Doncaster Gardens girls take out chess championships
17 Dec 10 @ 07:00am by Shaun Turton
The team won first prize at the Chess Kids National Interschool Chess Championship held last month at Monash University in Clayton.
The invitation-only, seven-game tournament included 278 of the best Australian and New Zealand primary and high school chess players.
Team member Zhi Lin was also awarded a silver medal for being the second highest scoring player at the two-day contest.
The school’s open team finished sixth.
Teacher Sue McLelland said the school’s success was a reflection of the popularity of chess among students.
There were 160 students in eight lunch time chess clubs at the 540-student school so competition to be part of the teams was tough, Mrs McLelland said.
“The students that play chess strive to be a part of that team,” she said.
Mrs McLelland said teachers were thrilled about the surge in students learning chess.
“It’s a great game to pass time but it also contributes fantastically to the students’ maths and problem-solving skills,” she said. “Teachers really value it.”