The Essex Under 11s played in the EPSCA Under 11 East Zone at Orleans Park School in Twickenham on 19th March. The other teams involved were Barnet, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Newham, Northamptonshire, Richmond, and Suffolk.
Highly rated Essex junior Daniel Gallagher recently played in Austria at the Graz Open. Although Daniel was ranked only 115 out of a field of 136 players, he ended up with a score of 5/9 and a finishing place of 57th. This was a very good score for Daniel and it's great to see an Essex junior playing in an Open event on the continent. Full details at chess-results http://www.chess-results.com/tnr181947.aspx
The Essex u14 team has played two matches on consecutive weekends most recently against Surrey at home on 6 February. This proved to be an excellent fixture with many very competitive games and Essex just edged the first round by 7 to 5. In the first round our top boards made little impression on the strong Surrey players but the second round was a different story and the whole team steadily accumulated enough points to win the match by the healthy margin of 15½ to 8½. Wins against Surrey can be quite rare but it was a well deserved performance with every member of the team contributing
After a delay in the start of the Annual Southern Counties Chess Union (SCCU) county event for 2015/16 the Essex under 14 team finds itself in the Eastern Zone again with several strong county teams plus Richmond Junior Chess Club who are also affiliated to the SCCU.
Our first match was away to Kent in Sevenoaks. We faced a good team that led 8-4 after the first round. The second round was a much closer affair with our team winning by the narrowest of margin. The overall score was a 14.5 to 9.5 win to Kent though Essex did win the reserve boards by a 8-2 score!