Chiltern League U125 Division Final
Saturday, March 26
Ivor Kelly writes:
I am very pleased and extremely proud to report that Berkshire won the Chris Stothert Trophy today at Wellington College.
The final score was 8-4 in Berkshire’s favour against Hampshire.
Today, the majority of the highlights belonged to the Juniors on both sides.
Hampshire put out a strong team overall, and their Junior contingent delivered 3½ points out of a possible six. In particular, Witek Korteywo, Gareth Ward and David Hemmings were up against three of Hants’ best. All three of these games were exciting to watch and could have gone either way.
But it is Berkshire’s Juniors who must take the plaudits, producing 5½ points out of a possible six. A magnificent set of results indeed.
Every single Berks Junior played deserved his/her result. Louise Head beat Hants’ top Adult player in a match she never looked like losing, and brought her opponent to his knees with fine Bishop-and-Rook play. Charlie Bucknell went a pawn up in his game early on and easily deserved his draw. Alfred Wong, despite starting his game almost 20 minutes down on the clock, produced a nail-biting finish to overcome Jon Hunt in a match that lasted just a few minutes short of three hours. Well done indeed, Alfred. Another player of the tournament, Ragul Sudhakar, playing higher in today’s team than he has done previously, never gave his opponent a chance. Richard Zhu won with over half an hour to spare on his clock. And David Starley brought his game to a clinical conclusion by using his two Rooks to polish off his adversary.
Of interest too to those mathematicians amongst you,Richard found time during his match to correct a mathematical (fraction) calculation posted on the wall of the Mathematics Department, presumably by a Wellington student several years his senior. Nice one, Richard!
WELL DONE EVERYBODY, A WONDERFUL TEAM EFFORT.
That now brings the U125 County match-play to a close for the 2011-12 chess year. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have worked with so many talented Chess Players, both Junior and Adult, since last September and I hope we get to continue this camaraderie next year.