Inter-House Chess Tournament Tests for Speed

News  /  by Eric Zhu '20  /  November 11, 2017

On Monday, October 31, the Chess Club hosted the first two rounds of the Inter-House chess tournament.

During school meeting this past Thursday, the two winners of the semifinals, Ben Fiske ’19 of the Cleve House, and Kevin Xiao ’19 of the Kennedy House, competed in the final round for the title. Xiao won this year’s tournament.

Monday evening’s event took place in the Kirby Math Science Center lecture room. Jeffrey Cheng ’19 and Kevin Xiao ’19, presidents of the club, organized the event.

Cheng said, “I participated in an all-school tournament two years back, and it wasn't extremely well organized.” However, he said the event “had a lot of potential,” which is where he got the idea to host this tournament.

He continued, “So this year, the Chess Club Leadership collaborated to determine a format and submit it to StuCo. We were able to make the tournament be played for House points, which I feel is a major incentive for players, to represent their respective Houses.”

The tournament consisted of four rounds leading up to the final match. One player represented each House in the tournament after being nominated by his or her respective House president. All Houses except Stanley, McPherson, and Reynolds nominated a player.

The tournament was organized in a single elimination format up until the semifinals, with representatives playing ten-minute time-controlled games. Each player could use as much of the allotted time he or she felt was needed. If a player ran out of time, he or she immediately lost the game. Three matches decided which player moved onto the next round.

Cheng said, “I felt the tournament was extremely successful. We had a representative from most of the Houses, and the brackets were prepared in advance so there wasn't any confusion during the event. We are looking forwards to perhaps hosting other all school events in the future.”

About the event, Jonny Yue ’19 said, “I thought that the [position of the camera] had real issues because you couldn’t seen the pieces very clearly.”

Sahil Malhotra ’19 said, “It was incredible to see the lightning-fast moves that the two players pulled off under immense pressure.”