Katandra West Primary School’s first ever chess tournament was a hit with students on Wednesday.
Students from Katandra West, Congupna, Lemnos, Dookie and Shepparton East primary schools tested their logical and strategic thinking in seven rounds of chess.
‘‘We have chess clubs at all the schools and thought this would be a good way to put these skills into practice,’’ science, technology, engineering and maths teacher Robyn Woolley said.
The 52 students also learned about different chess strategies and tips in between rounds through Chess Kid competition manager Tim Broome.
Mr Broome provided the chess sets and clocks for the day.
Students were give 15 minutes for each game they played, with a clock keeping track of how much time was left in the game.
‘‘The time is actually quite generous and at this stage we encourage students to think carefully before their moves,’’ Mr Broome said.
Ms Woolley, who teaches at Congupna, Katandra West and Lemnos, said chess was a great game because it required problem-solving thinking, while also showing students to win and lose graciously.
The winning school from the tournament also qualified for the Victorian Chess Tournament in Melbourne in October.