St James Defends Chess Title
Belleville close second
Anu’s Chess held its third Inter-School Chess Championship on 28 March 2019. Eight schools (split into nine teams) participated in the tournament, which was hosted by Queen’s Gate Junior School. The participating teams – Bassett House School, Belleville Primary School, Marlborough School, Knightsbridge School, Southbank School (Kensington), St James School, St Nicholas School, and Queen’s Gate Junior School Team A and Team B – played five fifteen-minute rounds.
St James won the winner’s trophy by collecting 56 points from a total of 60. This is their second victory in a row. Belleville Primary stood close second with 51 points and Bassett House came third with 49 points.
The tournament was a mixed-age-group event where some extremely vigorous matches were played between intent and focussed young chess players. Girls and boys aged six to ten battled each other on their chess boards in the spirit of the game. It was inspiring to see the ease with which all participants maintained the game’s discipline over the two-hour intense event, with no disputes.