Under 15 event: Berkshire, Barnet, Sussex and Wiltshire
Sunday, October 16
Peter Davey writes:
Berkshire under 15 team were host to Sussex, Wiltshire and Barnet at the Dolphin school. Richmond were supposed to play but were unable to put a team together. Luckily, Barnet were able to field 11 plays in short notice. It was probably not their best team, due to the limited time to arrange. The Berkshire team were also missing their top 3 players. Comparing the grading of the teams we were destined to come last, but who looks at the grades?
The first round was against Wiltshire. Board 1, Thomas McFaul (90) lost to Lewis Martin (132). An excellent game, I think any of our top players would have had the same result. Adrian Archer-Lock, who has been playing high quality chess all over the summer, had no problems winning on board 2 against a player with a grading 24 points higher than his. In the end we lost the first round 5½ to 6.½. Very close. In the other section Sussex beat Barnet 8.5 to 3.5.We therefore played Barnet in the second round.
Again on paper Barnet were stronger than Wiltshire. So I was very surprised when the wins came rolling in. We won the second round 7-5 ( including one win by default). Zach Salvini and James Adair 2 out of 2 ( No surprise ); Aaron George won his first game then won the second by default. Also unbeaten were Adrian and James Holland. An excellent team performance. In the other half Sussex beat Wiltshire 7½ - 4½.