English National Schools Final

The UK national schools competition has just concluded, with a victory for Wellington College. Quite a few prominent schools in England now have chess scholarships whereby excellent young players are offered huge reductions in fees if they will come and play chess for the school. Wellington College now has four seasoned International players on its books and looks set to become even stronger next year.

Chess is still perceived as an intellectual game, so one presumes good performances on the chessboard reflect well on the educational status of the school. Hm, I wonder whether GM Sosonko’s assessment of chess as a game ‘for hooligans’ should be repeated to the headmasters of these schools?

Therefore something a little unusual for you this week; a couple of games from these finals. The quality of the play is quite high and always of interest.

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