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Inter-Social Chess

Inter-Social Chess

On Thursday 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 G Social.

 

The Chess 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.

 

Great 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 Correspondents: Oliver Martyn-Hemphill and Alexander Milne, 6.1s

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