Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Check mate!

Check mate!

Our chess team recently competed at the English Chess Federation U19 National Schools' Chess Championships at Uppingham School. 

The competition was in the form of a knockout tournament, with the first round match winners going on to compete for the ultimate prize. If you lost in the first round, you'd still play another three rounds and try and finish as high as possible.

With 16 teams entered this year, RGS came up against top seeds, Reading School. In a tight contest, the RGS team narrowly lost 3.5 to 2.5. James Moreby (Year 8) was on the top board for the competition and drew his game with Reading. Had he have won, the team would've tied with Reading and could've gone on to compete for the title as on count-back RGS had won on higher boards (draws aren't allowed in chess, so count-backs are used in board order). That being said, Reading School went on to win the tournament - congratulation to them.

The next round was against King's School, Chester, which saw RGS win 3.5 to 2.5. Next up was the City of London School, which resulted in a loss, 4 to 2. The final game was against Dulwich College, which resulted in a final win 3.5 to 2.5. 

With winning two out of the four games, RGS finished joint sixth and received medals for their efforts.

The team:

James Moreby, Year 8 (individual score of 3.5)
Joseph Dalton, Year 10 (individual score of 3)
Zheming Zhang, Year 9 (individual score of 2)
Rohan Rawat, Year 7 (individual score of 1)
Jamie McIntosh, Year 6 (individual score of 1.5)
Jared Watson, Year 7 (individual score of 0.5)