College on board for national title chase
Christ's College chess players have made all the right moves at the Canterbury Regional Schools Championships, with the top teams winning the A and B grades.
Following an impressive display, the College A team has qualified for the National Championships in Auckland in September. All four players have played their parts in securing the national competition spot.
College No. 1 Bill Li faced the toughest competition, but scored crucial wins. His biggest challenge came from a St Andrew’s College player. However, Bill, a Year 10 student, held his nerve to clinch a draw against a national title holder with seconds on the clock – delivering a slim 2.5–1.5 lead to College over the runner-up team.
Arthur Woolhouse bounced back from a difficult first game to win his next four games with ease while Henry Acton-Adams delivered an equally solid performance, only dropping one game. Angus Whitteker played with unwavering determination, picking up wins and draws in tough games. Meanwhile, College B also stood out, with Alex Fulton, Isaac Field, Jake Hayes, and James Burt stepping up strongly to claim the B grade division title.