Under 11 team match v. Buckinghamshire
Sunday, November 12
Chris Archer-Lock writes:
The Berkshire Under 11 team got off to a flying start in its first fixture of the 2006/07 season. Aided by the inspiring setting of Wellington College, the team showed lasting firepower to overcome a young Buckinghamshire team by an eventual total of 32-8. The twenty board match was played as two rounds of 40 minutes per player, interspersed by a quickfire blitz competition, in which we were joined in the front line by chess-playing pupils from Wellington itself.
The main plan of campaign was to concentrate on using the county time limit to best effect, and it was pleasing that few early queen sorties were spotted and the first round went the full distance, culminating in an exciting drawn encounter between Roy Zhang and Buckinghamshire's strong top board. Although benefiting from some wins by default, and facing effective play by Buckinghamshire's middle ranks, Berkshire took a commanding 15-5 lead at the mid session cessation of hostilities. After the blitz, the match resumed with Berkshire continuing their onward march, only conceding three points in the second round. We won the battle, but not the war, and will look forward to entertaining Buckinghamshire and other rivals in January.
We were pleased to welcome several new recruits following the U11 team trial last month, and they will have benefited from the experience of playing a county match alongside our more seasoned veterans. It seems inappropriate to single out individual performances in this result, but well played to the team as a whole, and all are encouraged not to keep their powder dry in the numerous upcoming Berkshire Junior Chess events until we next meet as a county team.