|Posted by C.Steel on November 30, 2015 at 12:10 AM|
Finally, after much hard work and fundraising, we are in Melbourne at the National Championships. We flew out on the 'red eye' on Saturday night and despite the advice to have a sleep, most of the students stayed awake and chatted, played games and watched movies.
Once we settled into our rooms, everyone was keen to get out and explore the city so we headed off to the city for breakfast and a tram ride and saw the MCG, Melbourne Gaol, Flinders Station etc. It must have been a rocky ride though, as quite a few of the kids fell asleep on the tram.
After a well earned rest, the kids played in a Warm up competition. They were all very tired but it was good for them to play against other schools and settle into the Championships.
Paddy did really well and came in third against some pretty tough competition.
In the Primary division, there is a tiny little 5yo boy whose chess skills have everyone in awe. Nathan was brave enough to play him!
Sunday night after dinner, everyone was quite happy to go back to the dorms and relax. The boiler blew up in our block, so there is no hot water - needless to say, showers are very brief and very cool!
Each student has a wi-fi plastic token for their room. I have lost count how many times we have had to call the Duty Manager to come and unlock doors where kids have left their token inside and the door has slammed shut.
Let the Games begin!
Monday is finally here and the team is very excited and nervous at the same time! We have been split into 2 teams - Secondary Open for the year 10-11s and Middle Secondary for the Year 6-9s
The kids play their game, record their moves and then go to the Coaching Lounge where they then review their game with a coach. It is pretty full-on, but the kids have said they are learning heaps.
The hall where the Middle Secondary group is playing
is like something out of Harry Potter.
Meals are interesting as the dining hall is also the competition area so at meal times, the kids are all eating their meals while playing chess.
The team looks very smart in their uniform and we have received several compliments about the students appearance and behaviour.