News

Elite chess players bring A-game to board

Kyle Stevens, 13, and Aaron Fahey, 13, participate in their second open chess tournament.
Kyle Stevens, 13, and Aaron Fahey, 13, participate in their second open chess tournament.

TENSION was high at the 2014 Queensland Open Chess Tournament in Gladstone as more than 40 competitors went head to head.

The two-day tournament had elite players and former champions bring their A game to the board.

You could hear a pin drop in the final rounds on Sunday as the top players battled it out at CQUniversity's Leo Zussino studios.

Friends and competitors Kyle Stevens and Aaron Fahey, both 13, each won three out of five games.

Kyle has played chess since he was in Year 5 while Aaron took up the game when he was in Year 1.

"It's good because you meet new friends and it warms your brain up," Kyle said.

"It also helps with patterns and maths."

But there could be only one champion.

Brodie McClymont came in first while Tom Maguire won best junior.

Women's International master Heather Richards won best open female.

Former international master player Gary Lane came in as second equal.

Topics:  chess tournament, cquniversity, gladstone chess club




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Gladstone ratepayers forking out for airports $56m debt

SLOWDOWN: Passenger numbers at Gladstone Airport are expected fall dramatically in the next 12 months.

Payments to the council from the airport planned for years.

Gladstone man's persistence pays off with love of his life

Leighette and Lindsay Radel tied the knot at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens on the weekend. Photos: Contributed.

IT started with a Facebook message, five years on they got married.

Gladstone mum shot up ‘speed’ before driving with kid

TESTING TIMES: Police test motorists at an RBT.

GLADSTONE'S drug drivers are named and shamed by police.

Latest deals and offers

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Gladstone's 10 cheapest houses for sale

ALL of the houses are selling for well under $200,000.