National Schools Team Chess Challenge - March 2018
Court Moor Chess Team travelled to Eton College to take part in the National Schools Team Chess Challenge Regional Finals. This is the first time that Court Moor has entered a Chess Team into a national competition.
We had a team of 4 players, James Love Board 1, Jake Perrett Board 2, Sid Redstone Board 3 and Raiden Sampson Board 4. Board 1 is the strongest player working down in grades to Board 4. It was a rapid play tournament which means we had 10 minutes each to play all of our moves and we automatically gained an extra 2 seconds each time we moved.
We were entered into Division 2 in the Tournament against teams from Eton College, High Wycombe Royal Grammar School and Reading Blue Coats. It was exciting to be the underdog in the tournament and to have the opportunity to play against some great Private and Grammar schools.
We played 4 rounds altogether and the first round started at 4.30. The first match was over within 5 minutes with Raiden coming out with the first win of the tournament. James got his first win too, so we knew that we would get at least a 2-2 draw in the first round. In chess you receive 1 point for a win, half a point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.
Play continued, with us ending up with a 2-2 draw in the first 2 rounds, we won 3-1 in the third round and we finished strongly with a 4-0 win in the last round, giving us an overall score of 11 points out of a possible 16 (11 wins and 5 losses). The final results put us in first place in Division 2 with RGS second with 9.5 points. Every member of the team played their best chess, and played their part in the fantastic result we achieved. We couldn't have wished for a better result in our first tournament.
The team had great spirit and supported each other throughout, with some great chess played and a fantastic experience for everyone. The team held their own against some tough competition and gave a great account of themselves, putting Court Moor firmly on the Chess map.
The team would like to thank Nick Pert for his support and encouragement and for giving us the opportunity to compete in such a great tournament. The spirit was high and the teams were encouraging and it has certainly inspired the team to want to represent Court Moor in more tournaments in the future.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience for the whole team.
Written by James Love (Y7).