Under 11's Final 2013

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The Essex Under 11s played in the EPSCA U11 Final at Nottingham High School in Nottingham on 11th May 2013.

Under 11's Final 2013 Eastern Zone
Everyone say “Chess!”
Photo: courtesy of Mrudang Patel

Teams involved were from Barnet, Berkshire, Cheshire and North Wales, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Manchester, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oldham, Oxfordshire, Richmond, Staffordshire, Sussex, Wey Valley and Yorkshire.

Having lost four of our top nine boards from the zonal (Aditya, along with one or two from other teams and five(!) from Wey Valley, was in Greece representing England in the World Schools Chess Championship) I felt we were going to really struggle - most of the team were going to have to play on much higher boards. 

In fact a first round score of 7.5 points was not too bad - Alex A’s draw against Notts being the best performance. As with last year there were a number of draws in the first round – I am not sure why this happens.  We also had our only slightly sour note of the day with a rule claim which was somewhat unsporting and should have been challenged as it was also wrong.

The second round was a slight improvement with 8 points scored due to a good showing from the lower boards.  New member of the team Lakdinu scored an excellent win against a much higher rated Barnet player.

For the final round I swapped in our three reserves as they had been scoring well in the reserve competition and they returned the favour by all winning. The top boards also did well too again improve our round score to 11 points. 

At the end the team had scored 26.5 points and finished a commendable tenth (equal).

Special mention for Mernan Jeevarsan, James Bishop and Sri Navasan Loganathan for winning all their games and for Lizzie Robson who won both her games for the main team.

As ever the team was a pleasure to manage and everyone made a tremendous effort to do well for the team.

I would like to thank Mrudang and Steve for sharing the board stewarding. Also thanks to all the parents for their support and for making the long journey.

Mark McCallum

U11 Team Manager