On Saturday 15 December, eleven MCS pupils travelled down to Aldro School in Surrey for this year's National Preparatory Schools Rapid Play Championship of Chess. 

In recent years, the school has shown good form in this tournament, winning in 1996 (the competition's inaugural year), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. 

 The MCS team arrived at the tournament without some key players, but the group remained exceptionally strong. 

The MCS Team celebrate a successful tournament.

The event was to prove a triumph. MCS finished first in the team tournament (a school's top four players counting towards the 'team total') with 18 points, two points clear of Twickenham Preparatory School (16 points) and KCS Wimbledon (13½ points). The school's top four players (Edisun Xu, Samir Khan, Jamie Masacorale and Jamie Turner) did not lose a single game!

In addition, MCS had three age group champions and several high positions: 

U132ndSamir Khan4/5

3rdPip Lucas3½/5
U121stEdison Xu5/5

2ndDavid Balbus3½/5
U11=1stJamie Masacorale4½/5

=1stJamie Turner4½/5
U10=2ndEvan Li3½/5

=2ndDanny Robinson3½/5
U95thReya Li3/5

Jamie Masacorale won the MCS award for the player who had 'most exceeded expectation'. 

MCS can now boast three National Team Champions:

Edison XuU12 National Preparatory Schools Champion
Jamie MasacoraleU11 National Preparatory Schools Champion
Jamie TurnerU11 National Preparatory Schools Champion

Congratulations to all of the boys involved in this remarkable achievement!