Chess Victory for Mandela House

January saw the return of the annual House Chess Tournament. This year, 20 students participated in the competition- a number that continues to rise every year.

Concord’s Inter-House events provide a key chance for students to gain valuable House points that contribute towards winning the House trophy at the end of the academic year.

All participants played 3 matches in the group stages and the winner of each group went through to the semi-finals. The two pupils with the most points after this round went on to play in the finals.

Miss Featherstone, a Chemistry teacher at Concord and the event organiser, was pleased to see another successful year of House Chess: “There was some fierce competition, and some tough games were played”.

“Credit should go to each semi-finalist, as the standard of chess was very high here at Concord”.

The finals saw a Mandela vs Pankhurst match, where Bee (6.2) played Gerald (6.1).

Both players had to combat various tactics from the other, but Bee brought home the victory for Mandela house with a bishop and queen tactic to win the match and the competition.

Reflecting on the tournament, Bee said: “The Inter-House Chess Competition was a really fun and exciting event. It was pleasing to see so many chess players in our school.”

“I am truly honoured to be the winner of this year’s House Chess Tournament; it was something inconceivable to me last year”.

Well done to everyone who entered the competition, and to those who represented their House in the semi-finals:

Mandela: Bee 6.2

Pankhurst: Gerald 6.1

Gandhi: Ashray 6.2

Theresa: Thien An 6.2