Chess at Eton College

Published on 23 September 2014

Chess at Eton College

On Sunday 14th September, a group of thirteen Vandyke students jumped on a minibus and set out for Eton College to take part in the English Chess Federation Secondary School Rapid play Chess Tournament. Vandyke brought an A and a B team, made up of students from Years 10 to 13, to compete against teams from Haberdashers Askes, Eton College and other schools from across the South of England.  For many of the Vandyke team, this would be their first opportunity to play in a tournament and the excitement on the minibus heading to Eton was palpable!

The day consisted of five rounds of play, where the Vandyke teams were tested in challenging matches against Sevenoaks and Sir Thomas Rich, but once the teams had warmed up, both teams won matches, beating Bristol Grammar, Simon Langston Grammar, Bedales School and The Abbey School.  By the end of the competition, the B team finished 22nd out of 38 schools, with a very impressive 13.5 points, with the A team not far  behind on a very respectable 11.5 points. This is a great improvement on last year, not only in terms of the number of points the teams were able to win, but also in that we were able to bring two teams, to train new players and continue to encourage chess at Vandyke.

All the students had an enjoyable day, and gained a lot from their experience at Eton.

Miss James