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Under 9 and Under 11 Trials Sunday, September 30
Jim Wadsworth (Under 9 joint team manager) writes:

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A field of 24 enthusiastic players competed in this year's under 9 trial tournament, held on this occasion in Ridgeway School's excellent sports hall.

There were some very good performances, with plenty of games lasting longer than those in the under 11 tournament being held in parallel. It was great to see lots of relative newcomers (particularly prominent amongst whom were Lucas Bamber, Henry Leakey, Alexis Gritsanshouk and Clare Pearson) mixing it with more established players.

As ever, it was a closely fought event with thirteen players finishing on 3, 3.5 or 4 points out of a possible six. In the end, Matthew Wadsworth retained the title with a 100% score, beating Tom Vandersluis (5 points) into second place. Lucas was one of five players in third equal on 4 points - the others being Henry, Hugh Bannister, William Pearson and Kieran Grey - but won the 3rd place trophy on the basis of his superior "Sum of Progressive Scores".

Last year's under 9 team was the most successful Berkshire has had; on the evidence of the trial event, 2007/8 is off to a great start!

David Herring (Under 11 team manager) adds:
15 Players took part in the Berkshire Junior Chess trial for the U11's. The event was played at Ridgeway School, Maidenhead. Their facilities are excellent for the both the players and for the Mums, Dads and guardians in attendance.

This early season tournament proved a good wake up call to many Berkshire Juniors. Most players struggled to make good use of their full 40 minutes in the early rounds. The noticeable exception being Roy Zhang who managed to to be last to complete his game in all but one round.

Some new players made good progress, William Foo played well in all rounds and thoroughly deserved his 4 out of 6 to claim third place. The battle for first place was decided in an epic encounter between Ryan Chen and Roy Zhang. This was eventually won by Ryan, who managed to find the winning line in a complex queen and pawn endgame.

Well done to all 15 players for taking part. The U11 squad consists of 20 boards with 4 reserves. All players who took part in the trial will be eligible for places in the squad for future county events.

Related links

Under 9s:
Last Season's Results

Under 11s:
Last Season's Results