14th January, the Inter-Social Chess competition of 2016 commenced, with ten
fiercely-contested matches (E vs C and D vs B). Aemil Sobhan from C Social was
the first to surrender his King to Mr Harry Gent, and the wickets kept falling
from then on for E Social, leaving them, at the end of the evening, 4-1 down.
All of these matches were played in very good spirits; however, Mr Elvin of C Social
did have to resort to playing some ‘mind games’ with Mr Leonard-Shaw. After
half an hour of gruelling Chess, C Social progressed to the next round, leaving
E Social with a feeling of dissatisfaction, where they will face the well-drilled
played between D and B Socials is an evening that will go down in Radley Chess
history, ending in a 3-2 nail biter. The deciding match, which started at 9:00pm,
ended at 10:20, with either Social’s fate resting in the fingers of Messes
Baker and Fitzalan Howard. It was a neck and neck match until the latter struck
with a fantastic fork, leading B Social to victory. The overall result was 3-2,
leaving Mr Crump with his head in his hands; however, he feels strongly that
his youthful team will flourish next year. He congratulated B Social saying
that the ‘weight of experience told’. B Social proceed to the next round to
face the notoriously talented F Social.
thanks must be given to the umpires of the evening: Mr Adams and Mr Mosedale, Head of Chess.
The next round is on the 21st of January.
Report by the Chess
Martyn-Hemphill and Alexander Milne, 6.1s