Wilson's School

Chess Success

The start of the school chess season is the rapid play tournament hosted by Eton College and run by the English Chess Federation. Schools come from far and wide – including Millfield, KES Birmingham, Chepstow and even Gonzaga College in Dublin. A total of 54 teams from 37 schools took part this year.

Wilson's A team were pleased to see that they were 5th seeds, higher than normal. In round 1 they duly beat Bristol Grammar School 6 – 0 and then faced Chepstow in round 2, winning 5 -1. After lunch, round 3 saw Wilson's playing in one of the top 2 matches on the stage of Eton's impressive School Hall. The opponents were local team Reigate Grammar School and another victory ensued, this time by 4 – 2. For round 4 they stayed on the stage but were playing another local rival, Hampton School. In a close fought contest they lost 2ó - 3ó. Wilson's final fixture was against the generous hosts, Eton College. Last year Wilson's just beat them in the national schools' tournament but this year the team pulled out all the stops and won 6 – 0. As the scores are on the top game points, Wilson's with 23.5 found that they had climbed up to second place, with only national champions RGS Guildford ahead of them.

All six team players produced great performances, with captain Tharshan Kuhendiran (L6) on board 1 scoring an admirable 3/5 against tough opposition. Similarly Jon-Man Chung (U6) and Kevin Gu (3 ½ /5) on board 2 and 3 scored 3/5 and (3½/5) respectively. Henry Yu (7D) was not overawed by the impressive setting and older players and produced a fantastic 5/5 – a great start to his Wilson's Chess career! Chess prefect Ryan Eaw scored 4/5 whilst Aurideep Nayak (10H) also scored a perfect 5/5. A true team performance.

Wilson's B team had a tougher day, but by winning 3 of their 5 matches they qualified for the regional stage of the national schools' chess championships. Top scorer was Muhammad Al Ghifari (L6) with 3½/4, whilst Shavindra Jayasekera (U6), Atticus Fear (8C) and Akash Gupta (L6) all scored 2/4.