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King’s Chess success

Mar, 2024 | News


King’s retain the Cambridgeshire Schools Chess League title for third successive year

The King’s A Chess team are celebrating their seventh victory in the 11 year history of the Cambridgeshire Chess Championship (CCC) for schools.   This was also the third consecutive triumph. No other school has won it on more than one occasion.   The King’s A team has only suffered one defeat in the last 30 matches played in the last two seasons.   St Faith’s were runners up, and QUESPN  third.  24 teams participated.

Captain Alexander L on top board lost only one of 15 games, a feat matched by Board 2 Itamar G, while Hugo E (Board 3) and James W (Board 4) were highly consistent.  Alex DI, Danny W, Arthur F and Jake E also contributed well.

At King’s, there are over 100 children, about a quarter of the school, participating in one of five after school chess clubs and the standard has never been higher.  The overall educational benefits of playing chess are clear – among other things it teaches logic and concentration, strategic thinking and etiquette.  Children can join a club from Year 1 upwards and it is very rewarding to witness the progress that many of them quickly make.

King’s is competing again with several hundred other schools in the de Lancey UK Chess Challenge, a competition which in 2021 the school was the highest placed junior school nationally.