Whitehead Cup (Under 11 Girls)
Saturday, December 08
Trevor Jones writes:
Six Berkshire U-11 Girls travelled to West Sussex on Saturday 8th December to play a county match for the Whitehead Cup. This is a national event organised by the English Counties Girls Chess Federation for Girls U-11. In 2006 the cup was won by Lancashire. This year the cup was contested by Berkshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
There were 3 rounds of 35 minutes per player, playing for a total possible 18 points. After the first round it was readily apparent that Sussex and Surrey were going to be fighting between themselves for the Cup. Berkshire and Kent were battling for the honour of third place. Going into the final round Kent were ahead of Berkshire by 1 point, but a poor final round meant that third place was handed to Kent.
Meanwhile Sussex stayed ahead of Surrey after each round by 1 point each time, and finished in first place with 14/18. Surrey finished second with 13/18. Kent and Berkshire brought up the rear with 6/18 and 3/18 respectively.
Although we did not fare well, players and parents agreed that it was a good experience for the forthcoming Girls U-11 county match which will be held at Upton House School, Windsor on 19 January 2008. Sussex will also be playing at this match so it will be another good opportunity for our players to compete against some of the best counties for Girls U-11 chess.
The event was held at Cottesmore School and I would like to thank Sharon Watkinson (Sussex Girls U-11 Team Manager), the ECGCF organisers and the headmaster for the wonderful hospitality extended to us.