Concentration and predicting your opponents’ moves play a big part.
But members of Wollongong Public School’s chess team recently found out they also needed a bit of luck to win.
Lady luck was on their side late last month when the four young students from Wollongong Public School took out the NSW Regional Inter Schools’ Chess Tournament at Killara.
Team members Han Tait, Nazif Sohel, Rahil Shaikh and Christine Chang were ecstatic.
“It was tough. We needed a bit of luck along the way,” Han said.
The team progressed from the Illawarra Zone to the South Coast Regionals.
They then played the inter regional tournament defeating Deniliquin Christian School from the Riverina Region, Kiross Wollaroi from the Western Region and Newcastle Grammar from the Hunter Region in the final.
“We did well but it was tough and in the end we needed a tie-breaker to win,” Rahil said.
The school has a very strong chess club with about 15 students regularly taking part in the chess club each Monday under the supervision of the teacher librarian Stephen McQueen.
“The team did very well. We are very proud of them,” Mr McQueen said.
The students are all in the Opportunity Class at Wollongong Public School.