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December 13th 2023

Rose from Year 4 perfects her chess moves in She Plays to Win simul

Blackheath High School Pupil in SPTW Chess Simul with French Womens ChampionWe’re very proud of Rose in Year 4, who was one of 30 girls aged 6-16 from across the UK invited to an exciting chess simultaneous exhibition (an event where a professional chess player plays simultaneous games against multiple opponents) in London on December 3.

Organised by the Junior School’s new Chess Club, She Plays to Win, a non-profit which aims to increase female participation in chess, the ‘simul’ saw 30 girls compete against six-time French women's chess champion Sophie Milliet.

Rose says, “Playing chess against Sophie was really exciting – I don’t know how she managed to play against 30 people at the same time, concentrating on all those games and making the right move each time. I hope I can play as well as her one day.”  

Blackheath High School is proud to champion chess education, recognising its role in cultivating well-rounded individuals prepared for success in all aspects of life. As well as the She Plays to Win Chess Club at the Junior School, Head, Natalie Argile has introduced a weekly Head’s Chess Club at Senior School – where sometimes the girls even teach her complex new moves and strategies.

Read Rose's press coverage.

Credits: Professional event images courtesy of Melinda Wilde photography.

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