National Final's Qualification for Chess Team
The STRS chess team has qualified for the National Finals of the ECF School’s Team Challenge, to be held at Imperial College, London in late March. This is a rapid-play event for teams of 4. STRS are among the 16 winners of the regional qualifying events.
We took 2 teams to the Bristol regional heat, splitting our playing strength into an U18 and an U16 team (Robert Ashworth, who usually plays board 2 for the school 1st team, dropping down to lead the U16 team). Our U18 team won the event with 3 match wins and a draw from the 4 rounds, coming ahead of a strong Chepstow School team. Michael Ashworth and Anthony Ifeacho both won all their games. The U16 team did well in being undefeated with 3 match draws and a win, finishing 6th coming ahead of a couple of school 1st teams, with Robert Ashworth winning all his games.