Students from the Senior School of St. John’s Prep and Senior School, based in Enfield, Potters Bar, were invited to take part in the English Chess Federation Team Chess Challenge.
The competition is open to any British school with pupils in years 7 to 13. St John’s ran an internal tournament in order to find our best players to represent the school.
The regional final for Middlesex schools was held on Wednesday 12th November at Claremont High School Academy in Harrow.
The School entered eight pupils – Henry Jonscher, Shusuke Satoh, Nimit Bakrania, Benjamin Pott, Kesh Bakrania, Thomas Judt, Jack Zimmerman and Isaiah Agbandje.
Ten teams from schools in Middlesex entered, and played three games of chess each. Our boys played extremely well, and we managed to finish fifth. A special mention goes to Jack and Thomas who won two of their games.
It was a memorable evening for Kesh who got checkmated whilst trying to promote his pawn to get another queen; meanwhile his brother Nimit won one of his games with four queens!
Shunsuke got the easiest victory with a four-move checkmate. Isaiah was up against some of the best players in the country including the U19 chess champion.
Our boys had a positive experience of representing their School at chess. We look forward to the repêchage final in the spring term.