Primary Schools Jamboree
Thursday, October 09
Brent Smith writes:
Although the same set of six schools entered as last year, some of them entered only a single team this time, resulting in a reduction from 12 teams to 9. The odd number of teams required the creation of an ad-hoc "Reserves" team, who in the end did rather well, and scored 7 points.
It's in the nature of a jamboree that although some mis-matches occur (even in the final round), there are plenty more highly competitive games, since players are always paired against opponents with the same board number. It requires a very strong team to achieve a high score. But going into the final round, "Ridgeway A" had still not dropped a point and led second placed "Dolphin A" by three points. If they seemed unlikely to be caught, would someone be able to at least dent their 100% record? In the final round, the very last game to finish did look difficult for their board 2, but he jumped on a mistake by his opponent and the game was turned on its head.
Ridgeway A had achieved a remarkable 16 / 16 for a well-deserved first place. They will have the honour of being the first names on a new trophy. Dolphin A comfortably held on to second place with a total of 12 points, and a storming last round 4 / 4 for "Caversham A" saw them move past both Earley St. Peter's and "Ridgeway B", to take the bronze medals with 10 points, and to ensure the same 1-2-3 result as last season (although last year, Eagle House shared third place).
With some fine weather, generous hospitality from the host school (Dolphin), and a new trophy, the event was once again great fun for all.
See also local press coverage here.
Last Season's Results