HBHS win Super 8 chess title

As part of the Cultural Festival held this past weekend, our Chess team travelled to Palmerston North to compete in the Super 8.

The tournament format was a double round robin, with each school playing ten matches.  The HBHS team did extremely well, winning all their matches, 6 of them 4-0, and clinching the title with a round to spare.  Palmerston North finished 2nd and Tauranga 3rd.

Eushin Kang was undefeated with 90% on Board 1. His two draws were against the current NZ Under 16 Champion. Michael Lin, playing on Board 2, was the only player in the whole tournament to score 100% and was awarded the MVP certificate for HBHS. Our Board 3, Max Stephens, only had difficulties in one game, but showed great fighting spirit to draw and scored 95% overall.  Sean Clark played well and inevitably found the best continuation in some difficult positions, compounded by the quick time control.  All four of our players won their Board Prizes.  

Congratulations to our team for successfully recapturing the trophy they won in 2014, 2015 and 2018. 

Photo:  From Left to Right:  Eushin Kang (Captain), Michael Lin, Max Stephens and Sean Clark in action against Palmerston North (won 3 ½ - ½ ).