Excellent Season for DHS Chess!

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The Durban High School chess team has an excellent season this year, performing extremely well and winning every match in the D&D League.
The D&D League comprises of 10 schools: Durban High School, Glenwood High School, Northwood School, Westville Boys’ High, Clifton College, St Henry’s Marist Brothers, Durban Girls’ High, New Forest High, Ridge Park College and George Campbell.
The season runs from April to August, with schools playing every Friday afternoon. School’s League results were as follows:
DHS    8      George Campbell   2
DHS    9      Clifton                       1
DHS    9      WBHS                       1
DHS    5.5   Northwood           4.5
DHS    8      Ridge Park               2
DHS    6      Glenwood                 4
DHS    7      St Henry’s                 7
DHS    9      New Forest               1
DHS    10    Durban Girls’           0
On Friday 4 August the D&D Finals were held at Glenwood High School, with the top 6 schools doing battle for the D&D Trophy.
This clash started in School’s  favour when we played against Westville Boys in the first round beating them 6-4.
The following matches were also wins for the DHS team:
Round 2:   Clifton:           9-1
Round 3:   Glenwood:     6-4
Round 4:   Northwood:   6-4
Round 5:   St Henry’s:     6-4
Despite our boys putting up a good fight and winning all their matches, we lost on game points to Northwood by just half a point! Their only loss of the season!!
The final result:
1st:   Northwood                33½
2nd:  DHS                           33
3rd:   Glenwood                 28
4th:   St Henry’s Marist    26
5th:   Westville                   15½
6th:   Clifton                        14
The SA Open Chess Championship 2017 was held at Glenwood High School in the July holidays and Durban High School entered five learners.
Cayden Pather and Shivaan Devpruth in Grade 11, Thirushan Pather in Grade 10, Sashen Pather in Grade 9 and Sharik Ramjee in Grade 8 all played extremely well, showing strategy, problem solving skills and concentration.
At the end of the tournament the results were as follows:
Cayden Pather was awarded the category prize for Best 1500 rating in the Championship Section;
Shivaan Devpruth was tied for the best U18 player in the B Section; and
Sashen Pather won a bronze medal for placing 23rd in the Championship Section.
“Our Chess boys continue to perform admirably. Chess is both a wonderful extramural activity as well as skill that will hold the boys in good stead in other spheres of their life. Well done to all participants but most notably to our boys for their outstanding performances,” commented Mr A D Pinheiro, DHS Head Master.
Well done, Gentlemen, on an exceptional season of Chess!

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