Thursday 27 November saw Bedales receive some special guests from Winchester College, playing in the first round of the U19 National Chess Championships against their B team. Despite 1 hour plus 10 seconds per move on all the clocks, many of the games ended quickly, the teams being accustomed to rapid or blitz systems of play. Overall, the Bedales team (consisting of Noah Clarke Hall, Gabriel Curry, Leo Arisco-Corrado, Harry Snell, Annabel Snell and Felix Shaw on boards 1-6 respectively) won two games of a possible six, unfortunately not qualifying for the next round. However, there were signs of improvement with Leo beating his opponent with a sharp tactical finish after a lengthy struggle and Noah gaining a pawn advantage playing an obscure variation of the Scotch Game as black, but after dithering in the middle game, was unable to capitalise. Commiserations to the team and a thank you to all involved.
By Noah Clarke Hall, Block 5
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.