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Under 11 EPSCA Final Saturday, May 11
Johnny Gillespie and Reinhard Hinterreither writes:

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On Saturday 11th of May the U11 team travelled to the EPSCA National Finals in Nottingham facing off against 17 other counties. Playing against the strongest teams from across England and Wales, the Berkshire team demonstrated how they have developed and matured during this season, coming 6th equal with record equaling 36½ points.

Round 1 was one of the best performances we have ever seen from a Berkshire team. Everyone took their time and followed the coaches’ advice to look for three good moves before making the decision. The team scored 14½ of 20 points which put us into 4th equal place just behind Sussex, Way Valley and Barnet. The team did not lose a game against the four top teams.

During Round 2 the concentration level was not as high anymore and we faced some quick losses, but the team consolidated its position with a very good 11½ of 20 points with Luke Vallis, Peter Isaksen and Nikolai Hinterreither’s matches going to the wire.

In Round 3 we were not able to keep the pace with Kent, but we still scored a very respectable 10½ of 20 points.

The total team score of 36½ points equals Berkshire’s best result ever. Every member of the team worked very hard in this event which shows the broad strength and commitment to Berkshire junior chess. Seven players remained unbeaten with Anthony Zhang, Ethan Bains-Gillespie, Harvey Zhang, Nicholas Vallis, James Beckinsale, and James Rennie scoring a perfect 3 out of 3.

With this record matching result the team overall achieved a fantastic 6th place just behind the top five chess playing counties in the country.

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