As usual the Chess Challenge day was a big success and I think all 92 kids enjoyed it. I know St Thomas’ won again but there were quite a few on both sides who played extremely well. It was like a military style operation to tidy and set up so quickly around lunch time and all the kids were a great help. All the details should have been shared at both special assemblies where medal presentations were made but I wanted to just pick out a few who really impressed me.
St James: (12 medals awarded)
William Hardman Elliott played the 3 best players at St Thomas’ and beat them all, I could see the confidence he had lost recently return as the day went on.
Lucy Inglis the only other player at St James to win all 4 games.
For the two year 2’s to score 3 out of 4 (James C/James T) remarkable performance.
Very pleased for Ummar, Otis K and Olly who all played well above themselves from the year 3 class.
St Thomas: (21 medals awarded)
Brennan/Tyler – previous chess club players who dropped out and I knew both of them had the skills and they proved it today winning all 4 games.
Macie B – lacks confidence but todays 4 out of 4 will have done her a world of good
Nicole Wainwright – my performance of the day, she was outstanding.
Special mention for Aaron Young and Ryley Oliver who both have struggled in the class competition but with 3 out of 4 played above themselves.
Match of the day (by far) – Lawrence Moustafa and Ethan Lancaster – the quality of this match was of an exceptional standard.