Chess playing enjoys a lengthy tradition at Wheelers Secondary College. Ten years ago money raised by the SRC was used to purchase a dozen chess sets and chess boards. The boards and chess pieces that our students use are the same size as those employed in official Chess tournaments.
Every school lunchtime a healthy crowd could be found in the passive recreation room either playing chess or standing around offering free advice to those who were trying to concentrate on their games. Those who play the game realize chess is an enjoyable way to experience a healthy dose of mayhem and aggression without anyone getting hurt.
While many students enjoy a social game of chess, others are keen to play in inter-school chess tournaments.
In 2009 our junior team won the Monash Zone tournament which meant we gained entry to the State Finals which were held at Monash University on October 1. At the state finals we competed against 26 other government and private schools and were ranked Seventh in the tournament which was a wonderful result for the school.