Members of our chess club are planning a rematch with students from CBA after a recent competition ended in a stalemate. Eight players from each school took part in various rounds but a draw was called after Marcus Rose from Brooke Weston and Owen from CBA were so evenly matched there would have been no winner.
The club is run by student Julienne Padayachy and it takes place in the library after school on Mondays. Players from all year groups can attend and there will be plenty of help and support for those new to the game.
Julienne, from Year 11, said: ‘A few years ago I started coming to the chess club here, then the teacher that ran it left so I decided that I would carry it on. I have been doing it for almost a year now. I like it because it is logical and I like working out new ways to win. We play variations of chess, like Fiddlesticks Imperial chess and suicide chess. It is quite fun and makes a change from the classic chess. A game could last from seconds to hours. People can turn up and learn because we have got booklets explaining the rules and we are quite happy to help them.’
Rajmund Baranyi, who is blind, uses a specially adapted chess board with indentations to denote the different squares and he and his opponent play with either wooden or plastic chessmen so he can differentiate between his pieces and those of his opponent. He said : ‘I have been playing chess for quite a few years now, since I was about eight. If you are interested enough you can learn it. I took part in the tournament, it was fun. I like the challenge of it and I examine the pieces to see what they are.’
Callum Gill said: ‘I joined chess club because one evening I just came down to take a look and stuck with it. I haven’t played chess before so it is quite a challenge.’