Well done Quarry Bay School PTA for organizing an amazing chess event on October 7th which turned out to be a very beautiful weather day on which around 80 students from 8 different ESF schools competed in their school uniforms for individual prizes.
The Discovery College squad of 14 players was unfortunately slimmed down to 11 players on the day of the event due to some logistic and other unforeseen issues, but nonetheless, the 11 players that competed wore their uniform with dignity.
The tournament was divided into 2 groups, Lower Primary (P1-P4) and Upper Primary P5-P6) with the DC team participating with 7 players in Lower Primary and 4 players in Upper Primary.
Our P2 girls faced stiff competition from the elder students, yet they did manage to score results. Aleesha, with just a couple of month’s experience, managed to score 2 draws. Mei Jing started very strongly with 3 out of 4 and she can be proud of those 3 points.
Our P3 boys did a great job. Arnav, also very new to the game, and even more so to the tournament hectic, started with a solid win and scored another draw later on to end with 1.5 points. Max and Vaibhav had a very strong tournament, also both first-timers, they scored 3.5 and 3 points respectively which is well a full point or more higher than what is normally expected. Miguel Angel, our DC Primary School Champion and Hong Kong under 8 Blitz Champion played a very strong tournament and ended first, only drawing once against James Kwong Wing Ki (P4 Kowloon Junior School), another titan of youth chess in Hong Kong. In any case, DC can count the first ESF Champion among its students. Congratulations Miguel!
Another very exceptional score is that of our P4 student Chor Wei who scored, also as first-timer, 4.5 points and ended number 12. Actually, Chor Wei had an equal score as the number 9 and 10 who also scored 4.5 points, but unfortunately the opponents of number 9 and 10 had higher scores and that is decisive when players end up with an equal score and Chor Wei just missed a medal because of that.
In the Upper Primary we only had P6 students and also here the DC shirts were proudly worn. Aryan, first-timer, collected 2.5 points as did Jonathan who improved his score with 250% compared to his previous results. Wilson’s consistent play resulted in 3.5 points for him. Well done boys! But not only boys deserve compliments here, Manon our only girl in this category showed her kind nature by grossing 4 peace treaties (draws) and together with a win the 3 points collected for a first time experience is well above normal expectations. Good job!
Enjoy the movie!