College on board for national title chase

23 Jun 2023

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.