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
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