Tuesday, 1st March
Chess Tournament at Cottesmore
I knew that chess was a slow game, requiring patience and thought, but never did I think that a chess tournament could last from 9 in the morning till 5 in the afternoon! The children only stopped to have lunch and all showed tremendous levels of patience and perseverance.
There were 16 schools present and it was the 39th Annual Chess Tournament hosted by Cottesmore. The day consisted of each child playing six matches - six boards each. Josh won two of his matches, Arseniy won three and drew one and Roland won ALL SIX BOARDS.
Roland's unbeaten streak meant that he joined an illustrious group of former winners, many of them going on to represent England. Roland was awarded the winner's plate onto which his name will be engraved and we know that he will go on to much more success.
The Ashdown team was placed fifth overall which was a rather impressive performacne considering the strength of other teams present. Well done boys on a fine display of chess and for being super company during the breaks between matches. RS