Published on: 30 August 2018

Christ Church’s dominance in Chess continues following a hard-fought win at the recent PSA Chess competition held at Hale School.

The School’s winning squad comprised of new chess captain Eric Pan (Year 11), Josh Fry (Year 10), Rahal Wijesuriya (Year 11), Julian Kam (Year 11), Ethan Koh (Year 12) and Josh Shipton (Year 10).

“Our players have won the last nine titles, which is a phenomenal achievement,” says Teacher in Charge of Chess, Richard Spence.

“Given that we had only beaten Hale by half a point in the Four School’s tournament earlier this year, the boys were under no illusion as to how hard it would be to retain the trophy.”

“Christ Church started the tournament well, with hard fought wins over Trinity and Wesley. Hale however, had also started strongly, and both teams came to their head to head round unbeaten, with Hale ahead on points leading to the deciding round.”

“The way the boys performed in the decider was incredibly impressive to watch. One by one the Hale players were worn down by excellent chess match-play. They could not cope with the controlled aggression of our players, who won the fixture 4.5 to 0.5. The team held their nerve in the final two rounds to complete yet another tournament victory.”

“All players contributed well, and special mention goes to Josh Fry and Rahal Wijesuriya who both won all six of their matches. Ethan Koh also went undefeated with three wins and one draw.”

“The boys look forward to working very hard next year with the chance to set a decade of Christ Church chess success.”

Congratulations to all our boys involved and special thanks to coach Ned Robles for preparing the team both technically and psychologically.