Last week the remaining semi-finals of the Primary Open event were held, with a total of 22 schools qualifying for the upcoming final in early November.
The second of the semi-finals was held at Club Tivoli in Windsor & had 149 students from 21 schools, with the top 7 schools qualifying for the final. The tournament itself was won by David Cannon with 7/7, while Wesley College took out the school honours for the day.
The third semi-final was held the following day, also at Club Tivoli & was slightly smaller, with 107 students from 14 schools, with the top 6 schools qualifying for the final. The tournament saw a tie for first between Zun De Kai Sim & Timothy Krstevski on 6.5/7, while Greythorn was the overall winning school on the day.
The fourth of the semi-finals took place at Glen Waverley Secondary College & had 129 students from 18 schools, with the top 6 schools qualifying for the final. The tournament was dominated by students from Mount View Primary, who were the winning school on the day, but it saw a three-way tie for first between Hamish Jones, Kris Chan & Luis Chan who all scored 7/7, with Hamish taking the winner's trophy on countback.
All of these semi-finals have meant that 22 teams have now qualified for the final, to be played at Box Hill Chess Club on November 8. The qualified teams are as follows:
Alphington PS, Canterbury PS, Clifton Hill PS, Deepdene PS, Flemington PS, Geelong East PS, Great Ryrie PS, Greythorn PS, Haileybury College Brighton, Haileybury College Newlands, Ivanhoe PS, Laburnum PS, Melbourne Montessori School, Milgate PS, Mount View PS, St. Leonards PS, Sandringham PS, Spensley Street PS, Wales Street PS, Waverley Christian College, Wesley College Elsternwick, Winters Flat PS (Castlemaine).
Based on the players & teams from the semi-final, I would expect the Mount View team to be the favourites to win the event, although with the team format (teams of 5 playing against one another rather than an individual swiss with totals added together), these events can often be decided by who performs best on the lower boards for a team.