The 2014 Take Note Chess Tournament, run by Carterton School, featured 18 senior and 16 junior teams – 136 Wairarapa kids in brain-burning competition!

Heading into the final Senior round, the South End Master Chiefs sat in second place behind the Martinborough Colts. The two teams faced off and when the dust settled, all four South End players had won their matches and catapulted their team into a thrilling first place win! Congratulations to Samuel Hunter, Joseph Teofilio, Joji Dell and Neo Carter for their victory.

The second Senior South End team placed 16th; special thanks go to Reagan Brown who filled in at the last minute at the tough #1 position for a sick Luke Anderson, and well done to Lachie Murray, Silas Martin and Lily Wright.

In the Juniors, an excellent 5th place was achieved by Connor Pogson, Joshua Braggins, Grace Clarke and Stormy Huirama. For some of these players, it was their first tournament and the experience will serve them well in coming years.

A final tip of the hat goes to Joji Dell for scoring five straight wins, and Connor Pogson for four wins and a draw.

Competitors - Carterton School Chess Tournament 2014

134 school kids compete at the 2014 Take Note Chess Tournament at Carterton School

134 school kids compete at the 2014 Senior winners - South End Master Chiefs - Take Note Chess Tournament at Carterton School

Senior winners – South End Master Chiefs – Sam, Joey, Joji and Neo.

South End - Take Note Chess Tournament at Carterton School

Lily and Silas face off against a Carterton School team.

Connor and Josh enjoy a laugh

Connor and Josh having fun

Connor - Carterton Chess Tournament 2014

Connor, Josh and Grace.

South End Master Chiefs - Carterton Chess Tournament 2014

Sam, Joey, Joji and Neo in action