Under 11 EPSCA Final
Saturday, May 13
Chris Archer-Lock writes:
The Berkshire Under 11 Team finished in a creditable tenth position in the English Primary Schools Chess Association Finals competition at Hampton School. After the team's earlier achievement in progressing to the last seventeen nationally, it was pleasing to finish above South West zone rivals Wiltshire and Somerset, and indeed to fall just one place short of ninth-placed Oxfordshire.
The competition was of the expected very high standard, and all teams were left trailing behind formidable winners Wey Valley, who scored a very impressive 50/60, and ever strong Sussex, who notched up 45 points. Berkshire's 24 points saw us surpass Manchester, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Oldham and Cheshire, in addition to the above South West rivals. The 10th place finish for Berkshire continues a good run in recent years, with the county having finished 8th, 11th and 12th in this competition the three preceding seasons.
The difficulty of the event was emphasised by the challenge in registering scores against seasoned players on the higher boards in particular, but Berkshire nevertheless accumulated points round by round with totals of 9, 7.5 and 7.5 - not flagging under pressure as the event progressed. We were involved in virtually the last game to finish in the competition, and the team showed good spirit throughout.
The battling Berkshire performance of the round contest was won in turn by Edmond Lote of the great sacrificial fightback, Sussex-slaying Joe Bloomfield, and the indefatigable Edward Wise. Edmond Lote also earned the distinction of being the sole 100% performer, whilst it was encouraging to see the good individual scores of other younger players such as Roy Zhang (2½), Ryan Chen and Matthew Wadsworth, who joined Joe Bloomfield and Florence Mitchell on 2 points. James Holland's contribution also deserves honourable mention since he was undefeated against a string of strong opponents on top board.
Well done to the team for their efforts and results this year, and thank you to all who have supported the Under 11 team this season.
Last Season's Results