The semi-final rounds of both the Under 9s and Under 11s EPSCA County Team championships take place in March 2019.
The U11s enjoyed a tense battle with other counties, and played extremely well to qualify for the final. The U9s played well, but unfortunately did not qualify for the final this year.
As expected at county level, there was a very high standard of chess played in this seven team South Zone section held in Leatherhead.
The top two counties, Sussex and Oxfordshire were clear and battling for the title. Somerset, Wey Valley and Berkshire were competing for 3rd place and bronze medals; and with only 1 point separating the three teams going into the final round, it could not have been much closer! After a long drive and day of chess, round 3 did not go so well for Somerset and the team finished in 5th position on 26.5 points. With the top 5 teams qualifying for the final, this still secured Somerset U11s a place in Solihull on 30th March.
The team should be very proud of their achievement, as this is a significant improvement on the 14 points scored in the same round in 2018; and it will be a rare appearance for Somerset in the final of the Under 11s. Good luck to all players at the end of March!
- Sussex 46.5
- Oxfordshire 43.5
- Wey Valley 32
- Berkshire 30
- Somerset 26.5
- Buckinghamshire 18
- Hampshire 14
Somerset took part in a five team semi-final in Peasedown St John, near Bath. In this section, the top 3 teams were clear of of counties, leaving the final qualifying place to be decided.
Despite best efforts, it wasn’t to be this year, and Somerset finished just outside the qualifying places in 5th place.
Many of our U9s will have the opportunity to compete for the county again next season in the U9s and U11s teams, and this is great experience playing different opponents in a longer time control than our usual Grand Prix events.
- Oxfordshire 26.5
- Sussex 22.5
- Wey Valley 22
- Hampshire 15.5
- Somerset 12.5
- Berkshire 9