Lancashire's u16 and u12 players were up against some of the top junior counties in the country on Saturday 9th November at Telford. Matters were not helped for the u16 team when the withdrawal of two key players left the team badly weakened and short of one player despite frantic attempts to find replacements.
Lancashire continue to support these NYCA (National Youth Chess Association) events as a means of giving our youth experience of playing against their peers at national level and bringing them to the recognition of national selectors.
Lancashire's u18 team is a little bit of a misnomer, giving the impression of eight players having their last experience of u18 chess; in fact for a good many years the team has been made up of couple of 16 or 17 year olds accompanied by many talented u16's (and younger). This year was no exception, with one nearly 17 year old, many 15 year olds, and even one (very strong!) 10 year old!
Having qualified in superb fashion from the Northern Zonal round in March, Lancashire fielded a squad of twenty-three players at the English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) Under-11 National Final, held at Nottingham High School on Saturday 11th May 2013. Lancashire were one of 18 participating Associations, including 7 from the north, together with qualifiers from the midlands and the south, with the latter expected to be very strong opponents who would be competing with Notts for the higher finishing places.
The 2013 English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) U9 Final took place on Saturday 27th April at Wycombe High School, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.
After the long journey south, Lancashire's youngsters did themselves proud with a fantastic performance in this year's event. The team were not only competitive with our northern counterparts but went one better and scored more than them all!!
Lancashire was one of nine teams that attended the Pennine cup in Bradford on Sunday 15th April, excellent to see so many U16's playing competitive chess. The venue was a bit tight, and the draw arrangements unique, but praise has to be given to the team of Andrew Wainwright and others from Yorkshire who made every effort to make the day a success in trying circumstances.