Chess - Lent Term

23 Mar 2015

It has been a tremendous term for Chess at Witham, with all players working hard to develop their skills and strategic thinking. Last week the Prep Chess Club had a coaching session delivered by Mr Phil Beckett from Kings School, Grantham. This was particularly well received; the children had  puzzles to solve which involved thinking several moves ahead, and also had some valuable end game practise. The Prep enjoyed a return match against Kings, followed by tea with their opponents. Although the result was not in our favour the children put up a good battle and there was some impressive play and lots of discussion over tea! The Pre-Prep Chess Club drew against John Clare School in their first ever competitive match, it was nail biting stuff with the result resting on the final match to finish. Many thanks to Mrs Conant who came along on the mini bus with us.

We have been taking part in the Delancey Schools Tournament with a couple matches outstanding which will be played after Easter. The next round of this competition is in Lincoln on the 2nd May. Last week we played in the Stamford Under 11 Team Competition held at Malcolm Sargent School. The first match was delayed whilst the team watched the eclipse through a pin hole projector box very impressively made by Mrs Tombs.  If only there was an eclipse at the start of every tournament as we played  superbly, coming joint second overall. The event was won by Isle Marsden school from Grimsby who were outstanding. Robert Tombs won all of his games and received an individual trophy, whilst the other team members Ewan Rodell, Archie Bingham, Alex Spragg, Richard Tomlinson, Sam Smith and Vyvyan Bewley all won medals. One of the highlights of the day had to be when a teacher from another school commented to Mrs Tombs how very well behaved our boys were!

Seven children represented Lincolnshire in the Midlands Inter-County event held in Nottingham. Shivali Patel played in the Under 11 girls team (even though she is only in year 3!)  and the team came 3rd overall,  whilst the under 11 Boys team also came 3rd – this involved Robert Tombs, Ewan Rodell, Hamish Gordon-Stewart and Sam Smith. Narrowly missing out on medals were Richard Tomlinson and Jack Buik who played in the under 9's team.

We now look forward to the IAPS Tournament in Surrey over the course of three days during the Easter break. That will really test the players ability and stamina!

Louise Smith