South End entered two junior and two senior teams into the Carterton School chess tournament, which was held last Friday.

148 kids competed in total, coming from schools all around the Wairarapa: Hadlow, Opaki, Featherston, Martinborough, MIS, Dalefield, Greytown, Carterton, St Mary’s, Solway, Chanel, Kahutara and St Theresa.

After 288 games had been played, the two South End junior teams topped the table and faced off for the final round, while in the Seniors the South End Master Chiefs faced a very strong Hadlow team.

When the dust settled, the South End Ninjas had won the Junior section and the South End Master Chiefs claimed the Senior section!

South End Chess Junior Winners

South End Chess Junior Winners - The Ninjas


South End Chess Senior Winners - The Master Chiefs

South End Chess Senior Winners - The Master Chiefs


The South End Samurais (Junior Section) came a credible equal-4th after their tough final round against the Ninjas, and the other Senior team also placed well in 5th (out of 20).

Their success is the result of their own work, and the excellent tuition and guidance provided by Marlon Tortoza, who has been running sessions on Tuesday mornings.

Many of the students also attended the Chess after-school sessions at the Carterton Events Centre, where David Shead, David Capper, John Newton and Minty Hunter provided further chances for them to hone their skills. Many thanks to them all- their support has yielded a great result for our students!

Other highlights:

  • Connor Pogson, at 7 years old, won all of his Junior games to score 5 points, as did Keni Valevou.
  • Samson Dell and Cialean Tearle both won all their games in the Senior division.
  • Zac Brown and Sam Hunter both had 4 wins and a draw for 4.5 points
  • Charlotte Rahui had only 1 loss for 4 points.
  • Luke Anderson, aged 10 but playing in the Seniors, scored 3 points.
  • Solid efforts by Monty Smith, Mac Sefton, Joseph Teofilo and Andrew Miles saw them all score 3.5 points.
  • Joji Dell filled in at the last minute, and scored 3 points.

Abigail ponders her next move


Andrew in action


Cailean on his way to 5 wins


Charlotte thinking...


Connor sizes up his opponent


Epeli working hard


Joji tries mind-reading


Joseph makes a decisive play


Keni checks out Sam's progress


Luke battles his way in the Seniors


Mac - all concentration


Monty puts the pressure on


Neo battling away


Sam studies the board


Samson with five wins in sight


Zac in contemplation