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Pawn storms . . . Fenwick School pupils Lachie Curle (10, left) and Hamish Milne (11) start a game. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Knight to e5. Checkmate.

Fenwick School was the site for some fierce battles at the Chess Power regional tournament last week.

Nearly 80 pupils from 10 schools turned up to compete in the event.

Fenwick teacher and tournament co-ordinator Ali Stock believed chess was a good way for children to socialise with each other.

Your move . . . St Joseph’s School pupil Cooper Jones (12) waits for his opponent to make a move at a chess tournament at Fenwick School. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

“I think it’s a great way for kids to step outside of their comfort zone when it comes to an event like this,” she said.

“It brings people from all walks of life together – everybody enjoys a game of chess.”

Ms Stock said the number of pupils competing in chess had increased over the years.

“The last time Fenwick ran this about five years ago, there was only a few schools.”

It was good to see more children competing in chess, she said.

“It’s good for Oamaru and it’s very good for our school.”

Good day out . . . Fenwick School teacher Ali Stock enjoys the action. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Ms Stock, a chess enthusiast herself, runs a chess club every Tuesday at the school.

“I think chess is an awesome game,” she said.

Fenwick pupil Lachie Curle has played for about four years.

He said he loved chess because he enjoyed what the game had to offer.

“I really, really enjoy playing,” he said.