A 6 man team, consisting of 5 girls and 1 boy, went down to Gravesend on Sunday 13th March to compete in the U14 Minor section. Essex was the 2015 defending champions and 3 of the team were back again.
Each player would play 3 games, with 60 mins per player on the clock.
Round 1 placed Essex in front. After Round 2, Essex found themselves tied for 1st with a 3rd team a whisker behind.
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