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Bucks Junior Congress Sunday, October 16
Mark Vandersluis writes:

Five Berkshire players, U12s Joshua Ye and Ben Vandersluis, U10s Sam Goodwin and Ryan Chen and U8 Tom Vandersluis travelled to RGS High Wycombe for the Bucks Junior Congress, a London Junior Chess Championships qualifier.

LJCC qualifiers always bring out the strongest opposition from around the region and this well-organised tournament was no different, so it was great to see everyone off to a good start, with only 1.5 points dropped out of a possible 10 in the first 2 rounds. The half point was scored by Joshua Ye - an excellent draw against a player graded 94 to Joshua's 62.

By the halfway point after 3 rounds everyone had scored at least 2 points, but the tougher games were still to come, and it took until the end of round 6 to determine who was going to qualify for London. The final result was a resounding 5 out of 5 Berkshire players winning through to London - an excellent result for all.

Of particular note was Ryan Chen's 4.5, gaining him a place in the London U10 Majors, while still only in his first year of playing chess on the Berkshire Junior Chess circuit. Sam Goodwin was only half a point away from the U10 Majors as well, but was paired against the overall U10 winner in the final round and lost out in a hard fought game. Tom Vandersluis was particularly pleased to win his first ever trophy with a 3rd place in the U8 section.

Well played everyone!

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