Sunday 14th September 2014, Eton College, Berks …
Eton College hosted the third annual Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament in their magnificent school hall. 227 players made up 38 teams representing 29 schools from fourteen counties, from Lincolnshire to Somerset, Warwickshire to Kent. Over 500 games rapidplay games were played across the five rounds.
Schools featured include past winners Haberdashers’ Askes and Hampton Schools, National Schools Champions Reading School and past national champions Millfield School. Along with some very strong teams, there were many others of a range of strengths seeking to do their best. Whilst the top players were graded over 200, the median grade was closer to 100.
Play went remarkably smoothly with any issues being quickly resolved by arbiters Chris and Matthew Howell. The draw for each round and scores were clear for all to see on an enormous screen at the end of the hall.
The scoring system was based on games points (so every game counted towards the total) rather than match points. This proved popular with the weaker teams who found that their scores were increasing even when they were losing matches. Also the Swiss system lead to many close matches – half the results being 4–2 or closer, even though the first round matches were all more one sided than this.
The average team grading implied that it should be a close contest between the top three teams from Haberdashers’ Askes (ECF 175), Reading School (170) and Hampton (168). However round 3 was pivotal as Haberdashers’ convincingly beat Reading. Haberdasher’s duly went on to win all their matches to amass 27 out of a maximum of 30 game points to win the event. RGS Guildford came second with 22 game points and Hampton and reading joint 3rd with 21 points.
We are very grateful to Eton College for providing their facilities free of charge
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It was a privilege to have British Chess Champion Jonathan Hawkins present the trophies to Haberdashers’ Askes’, whose captain was British U18 Champion Ravi Haria.
Read on — ECF Secondary School Rapidplay Chess Tournament