Under 9 Primary Schools Jamboree
Thursday, May 10
Brent Smith writes:
Last season, we held a successful jamboree event for school teams made up from under 9 players only. It proved very popular and was enjoyed by all who took part, so naturally we wanted to repeat it this year.
We finally set a date and venue, but with only two weeks to enter, and being in the sumer term, entries were down to just four teams (last year there were 9 teams). Instead of a four round jamboree, a three round all-play-all was to be the order of the day, which would at least leave sufficient time to struggle back through the rush hour traffic through Sonning.
But due to the ambiguous nature of the email announcement, a fifth team turned up on the day. This required a quick change of plan to a 5 round all-play-all with each team taking it in turn to sit out a round. It also meant the clock time had to be reduced to just 12 minutes each, if all 5 rounds were to be fitted. To add to the sense of doom, it rained constantly throughout the afternoon, which meant both that the children could not burn off energy outside, but also that games was moved indoors, next to the chess playing area.
The players of course were oblivious to all this and just got on with the chess. The competition was a bit of a two horse race between Ridgeway and Caversham. Their head-to-head match finished honours even, with the board count advantage to Caversham if the final total score came down to a draw. In the end however, Ridgeway dropped only a single half point in all their other games, whereas Caversham lost one game (the very first game of the day to finish, as it happens) and thus finished second, half a point behind. In third place, and the only other team to take points off the top two was Aldryngton.
Finally, at the prize-giving, the organiser had to admit that there were no silver medals! (and only 3 gold). The proper medals have now been sent to the winners, and the top teams all posed proudly for their photos, even with inaccurately-coloured medallions. The day was saved by the enthusiasm and willingness of the players to ignore any minor problems. Let's do it all again next year!
Last Season's Results