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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

House Chess Competition

The inter-House chess competition is now under way.

Thank you to all the students who have taken part in the inter-House chess competition, pitting their moves against each other and earning House Achievement Points into the bargain.

Andzelika from Year 9 has written a short piece about why she enjoys playing chess.

When I blew out my birthday candles for the first time in double digits, I had played a total of zero chess matches, board games or tournaments and I could not give a care in the world about chess since it didn't interest me. Yet, I realised something one day that changed me. I thought, why is chess so respected when it could be considered “just a game”? By this point, my big sister had come back from university. She had brought an old chess board to play with in her spare time. Every day, for at least a month, my brother would celebrate winning. After a while, my sister acquired such mental concentration and sharpness that she started to win a couple of games. She played with many people, including me in the mix. It is a game of perfect knowledge. There are no cards being drawn at random, and both players know exactly which cards the other is holding. Thomas Huxley explained, "The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, and patient. But also, we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.” 

Here I am - almost three years later - playing in one of my high school chess tournaments! It's so exciting challenging new competitors that I haven't met before! Luckily, the internet has broken any limitations of communication, so I have started to play every day online with a mate of mine. We both love it. I can't think of any better way to spend a hot summer day in the warm breeze - it's beautiful!

 If you have never played why not give it a go? #teamchsg