Boteler’s chess players face strong opposition
MEMBERS of the Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School Chess Club in Warrington traveled to Bolton to participate in the English Chess Federation Under-19 Tournament at Bolton School.
There were very experienced and older students participating in the event, including a few English juniors and players from the county.
After several difficult matches, Boteler had won 4-2 and the team was smiling, happy to come away on a high note.
Computer science teacher Jonathan Miller, who runs the school’s chess club, said: “The students had a great time, enjoyed both the chess and the cultural experience at Bolton School and in playing against other students.
“Valuable lessons were learned about taking your time and thinking, avoiding partners in six moves, monitoring uncovered attacks, and even the psychology behind chess and the use of chess clocks. “
The pupils of Boteler have the possibility of qualifying for the next round, via an online draft in the coming weeks, which will be played at the school.
The team also has the opportunity to participate in the National School Chess Puzzle Solving Competition before Christmas, so they will be working towards this as well.