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Under 11 v Bucks Sunday, December 04
Mark Grayson writes:

On Sunday 4th December, the U-11 team made the short trip to High Wycombe to kick off the 2011/12 season with a friendly against Buckinghamshire. The twenty-two board match was played over 3 rounds of 30 minutes per player. After round 1, Berkshire were narrowly in front, 11½ to 10½, with Sean Miles coming away with a well earned draw after his first attempt at recording. The boards rotated and round 2 saw honours even with the 22 points on offer shared equally. The last round saw some very exciting chess, with Ethan Bains-Gillespie gaining a convincing victory over Buckinghamshire Board 1 and Nikolai Hinterreither demonstrating ruthless end game execution. Victor Suarez ended up in a difficult Queen + Pawn endgame and narrowly missed an opportunity to cement a win. With one game still remaining, Berkshire had 10½ points, guaranteeing a draw, but it was left to Jamie Sarson to determine whether Berkshire would come away with the victory. With both players experiencing time pressure, it was Jamie who exhibited a cool head, controlling the board and eventually winning on time, and meaning Berkshire came away with a narrow victory of 34 points to 32.

As we move into the new year, it is evident that we all need to be devoting time to improving our chess. The U-11s will be having a dedicated training session on January 21st, hosted by the Maidenhead Junior Chess Club at Ridgeway School. In the mean time, I would recommend using the plentiful on-line resources for improving aspects of your games, www.ideachess.com, www.shredderchess.com, www.chesscube.com are all good ways of improving your technique!

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