2019 was a very successful year for the Chess Club and for chess at Christ’s College. The year started with the acquisition of two giant chess boards, which helped improve interest in chess at College and led to an increase in members of the Chess Club. In addition, several students who were not regular members of the Chess Club also decided to come for a few games. This increase in numbers resulted in a superb performance in the interschool competition. The College team – Thomas Currie, Ederick He, Jonathan Huo, John-Paul Lay, Alistair Morgan, Daniel Qi and Hanson Xie – went virtually undefeated, only losing four boards all year. This culminated in the final hosted at College in the
Chapman Room, at which College defeated St Andrew’s College 4–0 to win the competition for the third time in four years. The House competition continued to be highly competitive and a way for our talented chess players who can’t commit to the Thursday competition to play some challenging games. Our boarding Houses once again showed their strength; however, it was a day House final this year. Condell’s House, after coming close in the previous few years, won the competition after defeating Rolleston House 3–1. The competition was an excellent showpiece of chess talent at school. The final event for the year was the students vs staff chess competition, with the students defending their title in a narrow 2–1 victory.
Many thanks to all the boys involved with chess this year. I would also like to thank Cole Smith who has given four years of dedicated service to Chess Club, despite being unable to play in the interschool competition due to other commitments. His banter and contributions will be sorely missed. This has been a fantastic year for Christ’s College chess and next year promises to be even better. New members are very welcome.
Alistair Morgan Chess Club
Christ’s College Canterbury
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