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Inter-Social Chess

Inter-Social Chess

On Thursday 4th February at nine o’clock, four teams representing a Social each congregated in the physics lab to battle out yet another round of inter-social Chess. These were hotly awaited matches with the Captain of Bigside Chess, Harry Bligh captaining H Social. Enemy drew enemy, as A Social were to play H and J to play K. As the contestants strapped in for long evening there was a high sense of anticipation and tension.

As the first piece was moved it didn’t take long before the first result was in. Having lost his last three chess matches he played, Harry Bligh bounced back from a streak of poor form to beat Rufus Wallis in just three moves: like the doosra from the back of the hand, Wallis sat there perplexed. In less than four minutes of play A Social were one game down. Next to fall was Whitbread, A Social, board 5. It was a valiant effort which took five moves for Angus Parker to dispatch Whitbread to the boundary. The 3rd board was relinquished shortly after, making it 3-0 to H Social. However a consolation for A Social came from Mcculloch as he scraped a draw against Andrew Shaw. H Social triumphantly left the battlefield with 4-0 win under their belt.

Meanwhile things were moving slightly slower on the other side. Earlier in the day J Social had taken the lead to 1-0. However K were not going to give up so easily. All four boards battled long into the evening, only looking up to mop the sweat from their brow. As queens took bishops and bishops took rooks, it was clear there had to be a winner. Tension mounted as K retook the momentum winning on two boards. However J managed to hold onto their lead by sustaining a draw on one board and vital win on the other. The earlier win on board 1, secured the much-needed win for J Social and K Social retired licking their wounds.

The close of play score was 4-0 nil to H against A and 2-2 between J and K, with J going through on an important board 1 victory. Many thanks to everyone involved for such an enjoyable evening, and good luck to the remaining socials.

Report by James Gosling and Tom Whitbread, A Social 6.1s; Photos by Imran Munir Mydin, J Social 6.1

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