EPSCA Championship

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ENGLISH PRIMARY SCHOOL CHESS ASSOCIATION

SOUTH EAST ZONE CHAMPIONSHIP

The EPSCA Under 9 South East Zone Championship was held on Saturday 12 March 2005 at Edgware Junior School, Heming Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AB.

Picture: See Photo. The first seven teams have qualified for the EPSCA finals.

Result:

Letter Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total Position
A Richmond 5.5 8 9 22.5 4th
B Sussex 9.5 9 7.5 26 3th
C Suffolk 4.5 2 5 11.5 7th
D Barnet 8 5 4.5 17.5 6th
E Wey Valley 10 8 8 26 2nd
F Croydon 1.5 5 3 9.5 8th
G Kent 3.5 6 8.5 18 5th
H Hertfordshire 11.5 10 6.5 28 1st
I West London ChessNuts 0 1 2 3 9th

The West London ChessNuts U9 team:

Board # Name Age-group
1 Stephen Ao U9
2 Nicholas Dean U8
3 Theo Tanner U8
4 Shimmy Hrapciuk U9
5 Adam Sutherland U9
6 Jordan Elroy U9
7 James Sutherland U7
8 Thomas Saint-Leger U8
9 Louis Elton U8
10 Nathan Elroy U7
11 Stephen Ndoca U7
12 Paul Sanglé-Fernieré U7

Here is the short report :

The first round went downhill quickly; all the boys played so fast, which resulted 12 zeros in first 15 minutes. Only Nicholas Dean played all his three games slowly.

Second round:

The boys kept my advice, played slowly and achieved quite good positions. Nicholas was winning, he had a Queen & 3 pawns vs Rook & 2 pawns but had no time to finish his opponent, and missed a half point by forgetting to claim a draw while having 2 minutes left on his clock (I blame myself for not reminding him of that rule again). Shimmy & Stephen Ao's had chances to win in their second games as well, Theo and James had a draw... Paul scored a point when his opponent didn't turn up.

Third round:

Top boards had tough time with the strongest teams. Louis won on board 9, he Scholar's mated his opponent in 7 moves, and Nathan as White was a Rook and 3 pawns down, when I saw him exclaiming checkmate three moves ahead of his actual checkmate move! Black was so busy capturing White's pawns, that he didn't see and even hear his opponents warning of the checkmate, so Nathan checkmated with his Rook from the back rank - "Rd8# "- I couldn't stop smiling!

All in all the teams were strong and the two newly entered teams, Croydon & ourselves, did not qualify. I knew that we wouldn't be able to qualify for the next stage this year, because our team was the youngest out of the nine teams and not experienced at all. However, I was proud that I could encourage my pupils and put up a team this year. All the boys were so enthusiastic and excited, they did a good job! Well done boys! I know, if we work hard we will qualify in the following years and even fight for the top 3 prizes!

Special 'Thank you' to the organiser Laurie Winston and the parents who were supportive during the event.

Sincerely,
Meri Grigoryan