– from Jay Atara
With two rounds to go, we saw the heavens open over Greece this morning, much to the disappointment of the England team, who had wanted to relax at the pool before Round 8. Instead, some boys relaxed with a game of cards and exchange chess. England players have definitely made their presence felt at the World Schools Championships with their unity, their attitude towards training and analysis, and their fighting spirit – in true English style.
Round 8 has thrown up five all-English matches, with some fascinating games for both boys and girls.
Hats off to all players who scored points this week, as the standard of play has been very high, with some very strong Russian and Turkish players. The training has been intense at times, and the coaches have done a tremendous job as there has been no rest day in this tournament.
The team ended the day with 24/48, with notable victories for Aditya Verma (6/8), Haolin Zhao (6/8), Josh Higgs (5.5/8) and Joshua Altman (5/8).
Tomorrow we have the final round at 10am followed by the closing ceremony at 4pm.
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