Juniors Take on Polish Pupils in Skype Chess Matches
Friday, 27 January 2012
Hesketh House hosted a Skype Chess Match against Polish pupils, which involved Junior School pupils from Bolton School Junior Boys and Junior Girls, as well as junior pupils from Sunninghill and High Lawns School.
A total of 14 pupils played a number of online chess matches against slightly older pupils (aged 9-14) from Rybnik Middle School in Poland, using chess software available on the internet.
The matches at Hesketh House were one set in a series of four, with games being played at the four Bolton junior schools. The first match was discounted as they were getting used to the software, the children from Rybnik won the second game 6.5-7.5 and Bolton won the third match 7.5- 6.5. The final match will take place on the 30th January. The children were very excited and thoroughly enjoyed the experience - they were able to say hello to their opponents and wave to them using Skype.
A junior school chess team is hoping to go out to play games in Paderborn in Germany later in the year and Rybnik and Bolton are now planning a live visit and chess matches or tournaments.