Chess Grandmaster takes on 20 Oakham pupils at once
3 December 2015
Mr Graham Lee, Oakham School’s resident chess grandmaster and former national champion, played a simultaneous chess display in the Barraclough, where he challenged 20 students to see if they could beat him.
Mr Lee is a leading chess expert – a FIDE Master, a Grandmaster of Chess Problem Solving and a British Rapidplay Champion. He is also a National Chess Coach.
During his 27 years as Head of Chess at Oakham, there has been a range of chess accolades including the School winning the National Schools Chess event twice, as well as placing as runners-up twice and Plate Champions once. Under his tutelage a student won the World U18 Boys title, and another was selected for the European U18 Boys event.
Some of Oakham School’s youngest pupils, who take part in the School’s chess club, took their turns one by one as Mr Lee progressed around the room playing moves in response. Ranulph Wheway and Will Norris (both Form 1) both managed to earn the offer of a draw, which both accepted, having successfully deflected Mr Lee for an impressive amount of time.
The showstopper came after exactly an hour, when Mr Lee orchestrated his moves in such a way that he was able to checkmate 6 pupils consecutively! It was an unpredictable, exciting and, at times, nerve-racking event, which was certainly memorable for all of the pupils.