So children from the Hastings and St Leonards Junior Chess Club, this week re-enacted the Battle of Hastings to commemorate that fateful day for the last Saxon king.
Chess arrived in England with the Normans, so what better way to visualise the Battle with the greatest wargame ever made.
“Standing behind his shield wall, Harold stands atop Senlac Hill looking out over the amassed armies of the Norman invaders. Archers (bishops) stand ready on both sides to launch a barrage arrows at each other but can the shield wall stand firm and hold for reinforcements (which appear on the board on move 30).”
It’s black to move and conquer England, can you do it? or will history change and Harold reign supreme?
On the whole children preserved history with William victorious the odd one or two managing to upset the odds and keep England in Saxon hands, one even getting checkmate in two moves!
The strategies employed during the real battle were described to the children and some employed the same ideas by attacking the flanks others tried striking down the central pawn duo/quad both either way a lot of fun was had.
Did the real Duke of Normandy use chess to plan his battle strategy? One for historians we think.
Junior Organiser & ECF Accredited chess coach
To celebrate Hastings Week there will be a chess tournament at the White Rock Hotel on Monday 8th 2018, 7:00PM
Aimed at casual players (those without an official chess grade or low grade).
Now in its 9th year, a popular tournament with trophies and cash prizes for juniors (below the age 14) and for seniors.
Each participant will play five games against different opponent with time controls roughly 12 mins each.
Entry fee payable on the night TBD but usually a very modest amount of a few pounds.
Contact 01424 728300 to pre-book or for more information.
Wednesday 12th September 2018 sees the start of junior club for the new season.
For full details and how to join please see our dedicated page.
*** New this year ***
In addition to our regular fun competitions, variants, prizes and entry into the Delancy chess challenge (the biggest chess tournament in the world), we will be entering a team in the Kent league (Intro Cup) where we will be inviting our more accomplished juniors to play for the club and town. Joining the English Chess Federation, in turn, and embarking on their journey to titles and greatness!
We are running two classes this term and next so we have plenty of space for new members.
Due to unforeseen circumstances (England reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup), Junior chess club will be cancelled this week 11th July 2018. The club will return and resume as normal the following week 18th July. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Good luck to England on Wednesday and we hope that the tactics and strategies they employ in their game as we do in ours work perfectly for them.
Come on England!