On 15 September 2019 the Latymer chess team participated in the annual English Chess Federation Secondary Schools Rapidly tournament, hosted by Eton College. This competition has been running for eight years, attracting 53 school teams this year. It was the second year in a row that a Latymer team has entered. Six players took part - in board order they were: Savas Stoica (Yr 10), Gregor Sanfey (Yr 8), Eric Eedle (Yr 12), Rebecca Carter (Yr 10), Keefe Theeng (Yr 10) and Galen Theeng (Yr 7). All teams played five rounds. Overall the Latymer team put in a very commendable performance, recovering from a slow start to end the day in the top 30. After a heavy first-round defeat (5.5 - 0.5) to a strong team from the Judd school, Latymer were unlucky to be edged out in the second round (by 3.5 to 2.5) by Wetherby. The third round was a tie (3-3) with Harrow, and Latymer finished the tournament strongly with a 5-1 win against the Abbey school and a narrow 3.5 to 2.5 victory against Tiffin School B team. The final total of 14.5 points fell just short of automatic qualification for the regional stage of the national schools championship, but the team are very keen to test their mettle against other schools and will be looking to enter further tournaments. They are also keen to attract new recruits, so if you're interested in chess and want to develop your game, make sure you come along to the chess club, which meets every Tuesday at lunchtime.