House Chess Competition

This year’s House Chess Competition saw record numbers of both competitors and spectators and we must congratulate all of them for their excellent sporting behaviour. There were many exciting games for the crowds to enjoy and some very high quality play for the chessophiles amongst the audience to drool over, especially in the semi-finals and finals.

In the junior competition, defending champion Alex Dixon (York) was victorious again, fighting off an excellent challenge from Kieran Balchin (Hanover) to win the deciding game in the final.  Natalie Beeson (Hanover) won the 3rd place match against Harry Knight (York). It must be noted that Harry produced an amazing standard of play, considering that he only learned chess this year!

The new senior champion is Robbie Mostyn (Lancaster), who played very thoughtfully throughout the tournament and triumphed relatively comfortably against runner-up Dominic Sturgis (Tudor). Michail Rokomas (Lancaster) won an exciting contest for 3rd against Adam Carter (Hanover)

For the first time this year we introduced a new category of the competition to be contested by 6th formers and teachers. This addition can be judged as a roaring success, given the enthusiasm shown by both the staff and the students in trying to put one over on each other! Pick of the 6th form players was Tom Sellin (Lancaster), who eventually finished in 3rd place, having given both eventual finalists a scare on the way. It was a good competition overall for Lancaster as Mr Adam Daniels picked up 4th place.

The final match was a dream clash between departments, and arguably, styles. Having metaphorically ‘duffed’ up various students and colleagues, Dr Winder (Windsor) and Mr Houghton (Hanover), turned their attention to fighting each other for departmental honour.  Bragging rights for 2014 go to Mr Houghton who showed great defensive skills throughout the competition, especially in the face of a Winder barrage in the first match of the final.  After soaking up more early pressure in the deciding 3rd game, Houghton finished off the tournament with great panache as he despatched Winder with a sudden and ferocious attack.

Mr Houghton’s victory was enough to mean that Hanover were overall top dog in House Chess.

Stuart should probably start practising now for 2015.

Total Scores

Hanover 265

Lancaster 240

York 140

Tudor 75

Windsor 75

Stuart zero