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Summer term chess competition

Posted: 15th June 2022

Students playing chess

It was a rollercoaster of a ride in the hall recently.  The summer term chess competition was open to all years and all those who play chess (not just those in the Chess Gambit Clubs) and 22 players paired up. Each player played at least two games. Mr Viv was very impressed by the sportsmanship throughout, especially when the pressure started to rise. Ten-minute games added to the excitement. It was all about going for it.

The winners of each round progressed through the rounds and there were chances for two of the top scorers in the runners-up competition to re-join the main competition. The final between Eric and Axel went right to the last 30 seconds.

A daring check on the back-rank by white’s rook (while Axel was behind on points) offered black an opportunity to take white’s rook and stop the check, but the opportunity went unnoticed. Black covered the king with his bishop, leaving white to capture black’s cornered rook, thereby gaining the extra points needed to win: Axel 25, Eric 21. It was an amazing game and an exciting end to a great competition. Well done to all who took part!

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