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 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:
Jamie Masacorale won the MCS award for the player who had 'most exceeded expectation'.
MCS can now boast three National Team Champions:
|Edison Xu||U12 National Preparatory Schools Champion|
|Jamie Masacorale||U11 National Preparatory Schools Champion|
|Jamie Turner||U11 National Preparatory Schools Champion|
Congratulations to all of the boys involved in this remarkable achievement!