Congratulations to the U13 chess team, who successfully defended the English Chess Federation National title at the final held at Hertford College, Oxford. The day began with a talk by Professor Peter Millican, a correspondence chess Grandmaster, about artificial intelligence and the use of computers in chess.
After lunch, battle commenced in the college dining room. The King’s team of Ranesh, Rajeiv, Anish and Seb soon took up residence on “high table” by claiming a share of the lead after round 1, before a convincing 4-0 victory in round 2 saw the team surge into a lead they never relinquished. Despite being pushed all the way by St. Paul’s, King’s claimed the title by a single point, losing only one game throughout the competition and finishing with a tremendous score of 13.5/16.