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Under 9 event: Berkshire, Bucks, Hants and Sussex Sunday, January 08
David Herring writes:

Berkshire U9's scored an impressive set of three straight victories against Buckinghamshire( 8½ - 3½), Sussex (6½ - 5½) and Hampshire (8 - 4). Our top six boards scored a remarkable 15½/18. Congratulations to Ryan Chen, Edmond Lote, and Isaac Herring for all achieving perfect 3/3 scores. Nabeel Hussain was rewarded for his slow thoughtful play with a near perfect scored of 2½/3.

Playing on board one Roy Zhang scored 2/3 and should have been 3/3 but for a missing a clear win against the London U8 Junior champion (Sussex) in a king and pawn endgame. We'll look more into endgame in our training on Sat 21st. Our three girls once again proved their ability with Frances Wise, Chloe Rogers and Louise Head all scoring points in their county matches, well done to all of you. Frances Wise with 2/3 on board 5 was another noteworthy result.

Adam Pearson scored an important half point against Sussex to give us overall victory in that match, as well as winning against Bucks. Joss Lazenby maintained his concentration to win his final round match, great effort Joss. There are no easy matches at county level and Andrew Poile had three tough games which he will have learnt from despite losing all three.

Chess is a game which rewards thoughtful meticulous play. Mathew Wadsworth, our youngest player at 5 years old, managed to record all his moves, pausing for thought before every move he made. This exact play embarrassed several more experience opponents. Mathew's score was 2/3 and could easily have been 3/3 had he not sped up during the endgame finish to his last match. Well done Mathew, we look forward to your county performances in the U9's for many years to come !

Our initial reserves Reece Chen and Tom Vandersluis both were given opportunities to play on county boards. Reece was given board 8 and gave a good account of himself on this higher board. Tom played two matches on board 12 and scored 1 point, an impressive start for the county for another two young players.

Thank you to all the parents for their support of Berks U9 Chess, your team is performing well.

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