2017 Otago/Southland Secondary Interschool Teams Chess Championship

By Peter Odgers | Posted: Sunday June 25, 2017

Eleven teams from seven schools played for the thirteenth annual Otago/Southland Secondary Interschool Teams' Championship on Saturday 24 June.

Very welcome were the three schools that made the trip from outside Dunedin this year: Dunstan High School, James Hargest College and Southland Boys' High School taking on the hosts Otago Boys’ High School and regular competitors Logan Park High School, John McGlashan College and Kavanagh College.

The OBHS A team defended their title once again, but were under severe pressure from the John McGlashan A team, until pulling away in the final two rounds. OBHS A finished first on 24½/28, with the John McGlashan A team second on 20½ points. The contest for third was very close, and was claimed by James Hargest College on 18 points after a 4-0 sweep of fellow Invercargill team, Southland Boys' High School, in the final round gave them a half point margin over the John McGlashan B team. The top three teams qualify for the South Island finals in Ashburton on 6 September, while OBHS A and James Hargest go on to the national finals in Christchurch on 30 September - 1 October.

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