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ECF U13 Championships Sunday, June 27
Jim Wadsworth writes:

The Berkshire under 13 team did not quite match the excellent victory of their under 18 colleagues, but nonetheless finishing second in this national county event was a result of which the players should be very proud.

The tournament format for the under 13s was 4 rounds with each player having 30 minutes on the clock - rather a short time control for many of our players. The start time of the rounds was adjusted by the organisers so that as many people as possible could watch England's game vs Germany in the World Cup. Although given the result and performance, the least said about England and football the better. Happily, the chess was much more successful!

An analysis of our opponents' ECF rapidplay grades (as shown on the team lists submitted before the event) suggested that the event would be contested between Surrey's A team, Kent and Berkshire. (Impressively, Surrey fielded two full teams in the U13 Open event and two full teams in the U13 Minor as well).

And so it proved. Surrey A led from start to finish of the event, with Kent and Berkshire contesting 2nd place. A slightly disappointing round 2 from Berkshire meant that at half time we were in 3rd place on 7 points from a possible 12, a point behind Kent and 2 points behind Surrey A. However, unlike the overpaid primadonnas representing the country in South Africa, the Berkshire U13 players rallied magnificently in the second half scoring a further 9 points from a possible 12. Perhaps the highlight was William Foo's very quick and totally dominant win over his Kent opponent in the final round - arguably it was that result which secured second place overall for the team.

It was great to see that every player scored 50% or better. Particular congratulations to William Foo who won all four of his games, and to Matthew Wadsworth who also remained unbeaten.

PS At the end of the day the manager thought the lads had done great. And you thought I was going to avoid sticking loads of football cliches in this report...sorry....hope it doesn't make you as sick as a parrot....have a great summer and see you at the start of next season!

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