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U9 team 2014-2015 season Saturday, March 14
Alexey Dobrynin writes:

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The U9 team season started with a four teams friendly event which took place on the 10th of January in Polehampton School, Twyford. Our opponents were Sussex, Hampshire, and Buckinghamshire. All boys and girls have shown very good performance, and nobody left without scoring points, with 9 boards out of 12 scoring 1.5 points or more. At the end we came second, behind the very strong Sussex team.

The second U9 event was on the 8th February in St. Gabriel's school, Newbury. It was a 9 team event between 2 Barnet, 2 Sussex, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hampshire teams. We have got 8 points after the first rounds, including 4 wins against Sussex and Barnet, which was a great result. After 6.5 points in the second round we were second out of the 9 teams. Something happened in the third round, and with only 3 points taken in it, we finished in the 6th place.

EPSCA South Zone Qualifier took place on Saturday, the 14th of March in Chepstow, Wales.

Several regular team players were not available, and I'm very grateful to all those who joined the team in the last minute. Our opponents were traditionally very strong Wey Valley and Sussex, strong Oxfordshire team, Wiltshire, and the mysterious Gwent and Glamorgan. Probably the long trip to Wales wasn't the best preparation for tough games, and our results in all rounds were catastrophic. In many cases our players have had positional and pieces advantage, but lost due to playing too fast and making blunders. This should be a good experience for all players, and hopefully next year the U9 team will be able qualify for the EPSCA final.

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EPSCA Zonal:
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Last Season's Results

5 team practice event:
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Polehampton
Last Season's Results

9 team practice event:
Results
Last Season's Results