Chess develops a number of important skills in its students, such as pattern recognition and memory, decision making, analytical ability, imagination and self-discipline, all of which can naturally help children in the academic arena. As the boys move up the school , they have the opportunity to master their play, learning new tactics and positional ideas as well as having a lot of fun in the process.
In the Junior House, lunchtime Chess hobbies are led by John Fleetwood, who has been teaching chess for 30 years, 20 years in London, having been the Barnet County manager for 8 years. He has taught at several schools in the North London area and encourages the children to take part in individual tournaments. Two of our boys recently qualified for the London Junior Final, the most prestigious event in the calendar.
Led by coach Tony Niccoli, the children in the Senior House have been busy developing their chess skills this term. We have run in house chess competitions and have taken part in the National Primary Schools’ Chess Championships for the first time. As one of the biggest schools’ event in the country, this was a great chance for St. Anthony’s boys to try out their new moves! A special well done to this year’s team!