2018 Inter-school final

2018 Inter-school final

Highcliffe School Chess team - Dorset Inter Schools Champions

The successful Highcliffe School team, with Councillor Nigel Hedges presenting the cup to Adam Ursell

Highcliffe School’s great achievement in winning the 2018 Inter Schools competition and become Champions of local schools’ chess for the first time.

Bournemouth Grammar School (BGS) put up a brave fight, but were ultimately beaten by a very strong Highcliffe Schools Team who have worked so hard to achieve this award. The key Players from Highcliffe – James Forster (169), Adam Ursell (125) and Thomas Trach (est 120) all won their crucial games to set the foundation to beating BGS. The level of play was as expected extremely high and Highcliffe ended up worthy winners. Highcliffe brought 10 players in all, and mixed and matched the remaining 3 boards in all 3 rounds to maximise their strength and versatility.




Dorset Inter-Schools runners-up Bournemouth Grammar School

Bournemouth Grammar Schools who finished runners-up

Conversely BGS suffered with a limited team and unfortunately defaulted Board 2 in the 1st round which Highcliffe won 5-1 and this was a blow they could not recover from. However, team spirit returned in the 2nd round when they recovered to draw 3-3. They needed a reverse of the 1-5 score to force a play-off however, this was just a step to far and went on to draw the 3rd round 3-3, a valiant effort given all circumstances.

Congratulations to all players that took part in the Final and Lytchett Minster and Poole Grammar schools both of which will be back next year.




Dorset Inter Schools Final 1 May '18

Councillor & Guest Speaker Nigel Hedges commends Eric Sachs and his organising team

Inter Schools Chess Competition Organising Team

Inter Schools Chess Organising Team led by Eric Sachs

Special congratulations to Bryan Lose the teacher from Highcliffe who has put so much effort in promoting chess at the school and finally, sincere thanks to our Guest Speaker Councillor Nigel Hedges who came and helped with the Prizegiving.

With thanks to Eric Sachs who wrote this report





Result detail below:-

Round 1Bournemouth GSHighcliffe Comprehensive
1Sunny Yang01James Forster
2default01Adam Ursell
3J.J. Weeks01Thomas Trach
4Ryam Clarke10Annelie Davis
5Olli Hiocco01Killian Lucas
6Scott Lambert01Theo Fry
Round 2Highcliffe ComprehensiveBournemouth GS
1James Forster10J.J. Weeks
2Adam Ursell10Ciaran Southey
3Thomas Trach01Sunny Yang
4Annelie Davis01Ryan Clarke
5Mickey Pritchard01Ollie Hiocco
6Barnaby Codd10Scott Lambert
Bournemouth GSHighcliffe Comprensive
1Ciaran Southey01James Forster
2Sunny Yang01Adam Ursell
3Ryan Clarke01Thomas Trach
4J.J. Weeks10Killian Lucas
5Scott Lambert10Annelie Davis
6Olli Hiocco10Theo Fry
Overall Score
Highcliffe winners with a board count of 11/7