Perhaps just once in a generation the stars align and everything falls into place. On this occasion nearly all of the team were available and the motorways to the venue at Northamptonshire were moving. And as a result a magnificent result was achieved by the team after a very long and tense struggle.
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!