Adam Hunt, Head of Chess
Mr Hunt teaches chess full-time at Woodbridge, as well as being a tutor. Having played chess since the age of four, he became the British Under 14 champion by the age of ten and British Under 18 champion at the age of fourteen.
Mr Hunt became an International Chess Master in 2000 and started teaching at Woodbridge in 2003, having completed his degree in Biology and Management at Sussex University.
Author of ‘Chess Strategy, Move By Move’, Mr Hunt has also coached the English Junior team at a number of events including the World Junior and European Junior championships.
Appointed as Co-Head Mentor of the English Chess Trust ‘Accelerator Programme’ in 2020 he worked with the top English chess talents to assist them with progression to full senior international level.
And it doesn’t stop there – Mr Hunt has two GM norms to his name and ambitions of becoming a Grandmaster.
Dr John Wharam
Dr Wharam set up chess at Woodbridge in 2000 and supports Mr Hunt with all chess activities in School, including management of the ever-popular Seckford Scheme chess option. Responsible for the establishment of the chess club, its success led to the introduction of individual chess tuition and working with professional coaches.
His career includes 12 years as a School Inspector, various roles as Housemaster, Head of Department and most significantly 10 years as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Woodbridge School.
Having gained the International Master title in 2012 and the Senior International Master title in 2014, Dr Wharam has also played on Board One for England and won the semi final at the World Championship.
He enjoys playing blitz chess online, as well as relishing the greater depth of thought and creativity demanded in correspondence chess.