Bournemouth School’s Chess Triumph
Room 57 was the allotted venue for the first round of this years’ Mayors’ Chess Cup. Bournemouth School entered two teams, which pitched their strategic capacities against counterparts from Lytchett Minster and Highcliffe Schools. Proceedings were divided into three rounds, during which all players competed in games lasting just over half an hour each.
To the confusion of some, the inclusion of the chess clocks only served to compound the tension of a room succumbed to an eerie silence, interrupted only by the monsoonish torrents raging outside and the impassioned exclamations of players inside, yelling in disgust at the metaphorical decapitation of a Queen. Naturally, the immense physical burden of the games was alleviated by indulgence in chocolate biscuits, plenty of tea and Alan’s distinctive orange squash, which was described by one competitor as being “of a particularly high standard”
After getting off to a sluggish start, Bournemouth School’s second team secured a convincing 6-0 win against Lytchett, complementing the good work of the first team, which triumphed in all three rounds. After all the points had been counted up – using an wholly illogical and incomprehensible mechanism – Bournemouth School’s first team came out on top with 4 points, with ourmsecond team and Highcliffe tied on 2 each.
The final round of this year’s Cup takes place later in March.