The much anticipated finals of the Inter-Social Chess this year, between H Social and F Social, promised to be a very close match. Both teams possessed at least two school chess team regulars out of a total of five members, and had both been finalists in recent years, with H Social containing both the present and former team school chess team captains.
The first win of the night came from Harry Glassey (f), beating Ed Bligh after a noticing several very strong moves. This was soon followed by Angus Parker (h) outplaying Dom Osborne (f) to take the score to 1-1. Charlie Pemberton (h) and Will Dunhill-Turner (f) then battled it out on board three in a very close match until a mistake from Will was exploited well by Charlie and forced a resignation to take H Social into a 2-1 lead. Eliot Makin (f) and Andrew Shaw (f) competed in a very complex and strategic game, with Eliot slowly pushing Andrew back until he had enough space on the board to take control of the game and win. This left the match tied at 2-2, taking the match down to the final game, between Christoph Wallendahl (f) and Harry Bligh (h).
The game was a very even one, with the strategic initiative often moving from one side to the other, and went on into a very long and tense endgame. Both sides seemed to have much potential in the situation and a draw was very plausible, but Christoph eventually obtained a winning position that resulted in a win for F Social for the first time in over 15 years. Overall, it was a very close and entertaining final, with both sides performing excellently and congratulations due to both Socials for the spirit in which the match was played.