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U/9 Wiltshire v. Berkshire Sunday, January 22
David Herring writes:

After some late arrivals (especially me !) then a last minute team room change, the chess finally commenced at 2pm. It was worth the wait. The quality of chess played in the opening round was phenomenal. After the customary handshake and starting of whites clock there was silence .. and then more silence .. with the occasional clicking of a clock press. The whole team appreciated the need for meticulous logical thought and nobody was rushing their moves. The first round was a draw 6 - 6. This was a slight surprise to the Wiltshire coach, they have a very strong team with a UK champion playing on board 1. He had expected to play some reserves in the subsequent rounds, but this notion was immediately abandoned after the round 1 result.

Round 2 was started in much the same manner, only this time the Berkshire team were warmed up, and having drawn with the Wiltshire team in round 1, went one better in round two, running out round winners by 8 to 4.

The match was being played in a great spirit, and both coaches agreed that in the final round we should encourage all players to record their moves. Again, what a fantastic effort from the whole team when everyone recorded their first 10 moves, some even recording for the first time.

The final round just needed Berkshire to score more than 4 points for overall victory.

It was a achieved - well done to all the Berkshire U9's.

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