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Under 14 event: Berks, Bucks, Hants & Surrey Sunday, March 04
Keith Tunstall writes:

On a damp and dismal day in Berkshire, four under 14 chess teams battled it out over the boards in a two match head to head competition.

The first round draw pitted Hants against Surrey and Berks against Bucks. Surrey had an emphatic win against a young Hants team - 11 to 1. With 2 hours and 10 minutes available (in total) for each game, the first result in the Berks vs. Bucks head to head didn't materialize until just into the second hour - a win for Bucks. After six matches, Bucks lead 4 games to 2, but Berkshire fought back to level the round 4 all. From this point on there was never more than a point between the teams. Bucks pulled ahead and Berks drew level at 5½-5½:

BerksBucksGame time
451h 42m
1h 50m
1h 55m

The patience of both teams showing through in length of the games.

The remaining game was on board 12 and this would decide the tie. It couldn't have been closer. Zoe Goodwin triumphed in the dying minutes of the game to see Berks winners by 6½ to 5½ over Bucks. So much excitement and we were only half way through!

So on to the final head to head matches. For first and second place: Berks vs. Surrey and for third and fourth place: Bucks vs. Hants.

The young Hampshire team fought valiantly, taking 2½ points from Bucks who amassed 9½ points to come third on the day.

Berkshire started the head to head against Surrey in tremendous fashion, 2-0 up within 10 minutes... Was this a flash in the pan? Could the rest of the team keep up the momentum? It certainly seemed that way because the score was 5½-½ to Berkshire with half of the games completed. Then the tension began to rise as Surrey started to claw points back, with a draw and a win.

However, the ninth game to finish saw Berks take an unassailable lead 7-2 (after 1¼ hours of playing time). Within 20 minutes the remaining three games concluded. The final result was a win for Berkshire 9-3 over Surrey to win overall match on the day.

This was a thoroughly deserved result for a Berkshire team that gave their all throughout. By the way, the team talk before the last match never even mentioned the possibility of anyone walking home - honest!

The top two boards for Berkshire, James Adair and George Tunstall, were unbeaten on the day and as usual a special mention to the 100% players: James Holland, Zach Salvini, Roy Zhang and Zoe Goodwin.

The final team scores were:

R1R2Total
1stBerks915½
2ndSurrey11314
3rdBucks15
4thHants1

Well done to everyone and congratulations to the Berkshire team in winning this team event.

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