ACS Chess Tournament 2020

24 August 2020
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The Association of Coeducational Schools (ACS) Chess Tournament is usually held in May where 7 schools play off face to face in a round robin.  However, due to Covid-19, it looked highly unlikely that this event would be possible in 2020.

Fortunately, due to the technology of Zoom and Tornelo, an online tournament was held on August 21st.  Due to all the technology involved that could possibly go horribly wrong, it was with excitement and some trepidation that our team of seven students (Sam Sail, Sarah Prendergast, Matthew Pearson, Cooper Lambert, Terry Prendergast, Taiji Ogawa and Alfie Howat) played in the Swiss format online tournament.

The team started strongly and after 5 rounds were equal 1st.  However, although the students played determinedly, we finished 5th after the final round.  Our best players on the day were Sam Sail who placed 5th after winning 5 games while Alfie Howat and Matthew Pearson placed 15th and 16th, winning 4 ½ of their 7 games.  All players enjoyed the event immensely and commented on how much fun they had.

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