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In the evening of Friday 27th September, 21 intrepid Chess players stayed after school to take part in a Blitz chess tournament, held here at Camp Hill.  This was the first time that the tournament was to be  held here in some years.  Representing the school were students from all years and abilities, in 5 different teams.  They were Dark Knights of Chess (Yr 11), Lil Jon (Yr 11), Baby Shark (6 th form), Glasses (mixed) and Carrot Crushers (U13).  Our teams faced strong opposition from KES, Wolverhampton and Hallfield.
In Blitz games each player starts with 3 minutes and gets 2 seconds for each move.  You have to think quickly, without making mistakes, outfoxing your opponent.  We began with a round robin competition. The teams were split into two pools, where they had to face the other teams in that pool.  It looked like KES were the team to beat, with their teams the top of both pools.  However, Camp Hill placed second place in both pools, with Dark Knights and Baby Shark progressing to the semi-finals.  Our other teams were left to fight it out for the minor places.
In the semi’s Babyshark lost to their opponent from KES, and ultimately came 4th.  Dark Knights experienced better luck, beating their opposition and progressed to the final. Here they came up against a very strong KES team, and the final was very tight.  Of the 4 games played in this match the Dark Knights won 2 and lost 2.  It was a draw.  The officials conferred at the front of the stage and decreed that because of board count the victory was to be awarded to KES.  It was the narrowest of margins to lose by. However, that takes nothing away from the achievement of our team.
Special mentions go to Carrot Crushers who came in 7 th, and to Muhammad-Ali Zahid who valiantly stepped up and played for a team from Wolverhampton when they were missing a team member.
Congratulations go to Hemal Aggarwal, Devesh Aggarwal, Viswamedha Nalabotu, and Deniz Yoruk-Mikhailov for their second place triumphant.