How a game could be such a large part
of someone's life is understandable but when it's Chess
some might wonder. It all started when as a pupil at
Ellis Avenue School in Leicester I came under the influence
of an Austrian English teacher. I might add along with
about 100 others.
The school catered for 11 to 16 year
olds and in 1954 was classed as an Intermediate School.
This was for those not up to grammar school status but
above the secondary schools. There was a 5th year for
those wanting to stay on for GCE's but most left at
15. Each school year had a chess team and there was
a chess club every lunch time.
|In the 1950's it was
the most successful school for chess in Leicester
and was awarded the British Chess Federation Shield
for chess excellence during this period. All due
to Mr Illesley. As important as the children were
the mums who provided sandwiches for the many matches
against other Leicester Schools.
In four years our team hardly lost
a match and we were invited into the Grammar School
League (under 18's) when in our 5th year. This was a
lot harder but we at least gave our older opponents
a run for their money.
Whilst studying for my GCE's I was
playing in the evening league with several friends for
an Old Boys team and also entered a Leicestershire Schools
Chess Congress at Alderman Newton's School during the
Easter holiday. This was split into groups of 6 players
and at the end of a week all the group winners received
a medal and played in a simultaneous game against a