Chess Club 2019 Champion Crowned!
“Chaps, I realize that you’ve got TWO performances of Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits today, and so I understand that you’re already under quite a lot of pressure. Therefore, I can give you the option to play the chess club grand final tomorrow instead. What would you like to do?”
“No, we want to play the game today!”
Such was the resolve of formidable chess grand finalists T. Prendergast and L. Carney, who had already battled through seven intense battles on the chequered boards to reach this final stage of the competition, that the 2019 Bosbury School Chess Championship grand final went full steam ahead on Monday lunchtime, and after a full thirty minutes failed to produce a decisive checkmate during an intense and well-fought final match-up, T. Prendergast was eventually declared the winner on account of managing to capture every one of L. Carney’s pieces bar the king for a 15-7 technical win.
Many congratulations to this new Bosbury Chess Grand Master, who gets to keep the coveted golden chess championship trophy for the first time since it was won by former title holder E. Ruddick following his memorable victory over J. Walker in the previous grand final played out two years ago.
Not forgetting the third place play-off, defeated semi-finalists C. Walker and T. Bailey were involved in an epic 45-minute struggle over on the other board that afternoon in a match which featured many twists and turns as both players desperately sought the bronze medal, but in the end, the turning point came from C. Walker’s tactical promotion of a pawn to a queen.
With two of these female monarchs on the board, it was only a matter of time before T. Bailey’s sole king left on the board eventually succumbed and became cornered in a pincer movement, leaving his opponent to claim both the 15-12 checkmate and the third place finish.
Congratulations again to T. Prendergast, who will now aim to defend his title in 2020 against a group of new challengers from Class 4 who have already expressed a keen interest in doing battle on the chequered boards. Well done and thank you also to all of the other participants who have been such great sports and showed such brilliant enthusiasm throughout this year’s contest.
Until next time – keeeeep checkmating!
Chess Master Ponter