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Berkshire Junior Congress
Sunday, November 26
Jim Wadsworth (Under 8 section controller) writes:
13 players contested the under 8 section, and produced a number of closely-fought games. The critical matches turned out to be in round two, where eventual section winner Alexander Anderton saw off the highly rated Anna Wang, and in the final round where Anna beat Irene Mathias to secure second place. Even though the section was dominated by players from across the border in Oxfordshire, Berkshire players showed up well too. In particular Tom Vandersluis and Olivia Lockyear, who both scored 3 / 6 and shared the cup for the highest placed Berkshire competitor.
Peter Davey (Under 10 section controller) writes:
There were 18 players in the under 10 section, 10 from Berkshire. An excellent group of children, a pleasure to look after. Although there were strong players from outside the county, the Berkshire players were in contention to win this section. Megan Cleeves was on paper the strongest player from outside the county. Berkshire's chance of winning the section started to shake a little when in the second round Matthew Wadsworth, draw with Roy Zhang (our top rated player). The third round had Matthew Wadsworth beating Ryan Chen (our second rated player). This left Megan Cleeves the only player on three points. The fourth round game between Megan Cleeves and Roy Zhang look to be the deciding game. Another excellent game finally won by Roy Zhang. Matthew Wadsworth, also winning his game. Putting them both tie first. The next round had Matthew Wadsworth against Megan Cleeves. Megan forced a draw to avoid a mate. Megan Cleeves only managed a draw against Ryan Chen in the final round.
1st Roy Zhang, Berkshire, winner of the under 10 trophy,
2nd Matthew Wadsworth, Berkshire, winner of the under 9 trophy (aged 6)
=3rd Megan Cleves, Wiltshire.
=3rd William Foo, Berkshire.
Keith Tunstall (Under 12 section controller) writes:
Andrew Adair and I looked after the Under 12 section. They were an absolute delight to control. Stiff competition throughout with a clear 1-2-3 at the finish. Marcus Harvey finished unbeaten on 5½ out of 6, with Maria Wang half a point behind on 5 and third place was James Holland on 4½. The Berkshire cup winners were James Holland who won the Under 12 cup and Sam Goodwin who won the Under 11 cup.
Chris Archer-Lock (Under 14/18 section controller) writes:
The merged U14 and U18 competition provided high quality chess and a close contest up to the end. Unbeaten Andrew Winchcombe was the constant leader, although his draws in rounds 4 and 5 allowed Matthew Daggitt to catch him and share the top score with 4 points out of 5 after a see-sawing last round game. Since Matthew is Under 14, he and Andrew emerged outright winners of the Under 14 and Under 18 competitions respectively. James Adair and Alex Galliano were hot on their heels with 3½ points, Alex securing a draw in his final game against George Tunstall by finding a combination in time trouble when George's skilled resistance to Alex's gambit and exchange sacrifice appeared to be prevailing. There were four Berkshire trophies at stake in the merged event, and congratulations to Edmund Palka (U18), Andrew Winchombe (U15), James Adair (U14), George Tunstall and Adrian Archer-Lock (Joint U13) who hold the Berkshire titles for the next year.
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