Junior Congress Calendar

  • 25-Jun (Aughton)

Note: Dates are provisional at this stage.

After the success of Lancashire's U9 team, our U11 team followed up with an excellent performance in the U11 EPSCA Northern Zone, held on 19th March at Oldershaw Academy, Wallasey. The top 5 teams would qualify for the final...

So Lancashire U11s ventured underneath the Mersey (courtesy of the Kingsway Tunnel) into the wild lands of the Wirral. Things were a little slow to get started but eventually the team were in place and a very pleasing first round score of 13.5 points out of 20 resulted. Debutants Niamh Bridgeman, Sid Metcalfe, Ridge Holder, Ellis Abrams and Harry Jennings all performed well and Joe Birks finished the longest game of the round exhausted, with an excellent victory in a closely-fought rook-and-pawn endgame. Emerging from the darkened hall into the light, the Lancashire players regaled each other with tales of their heroism...and Niamh gave coach Steve Lamb a chess lesson!

Round two saw Naomi Bearon grind out a victory whilst a host of rather intimidating chess managers looked on - a real test of character if ever there was one; Harry Coupe pulled off a miraculous draw having seemed in a dead-lost position and Alice Fleming played one of the longest games of the round to achieve a draw. Ivan Jones and brother Alexander secured coolly considered wins along with Ben McGrath and Dev Ranka whilst Jamie White was quietly picking up a second point. 14.5 was the total for the second round but would it be enough to get near the medal podium?

The pressure was on and the tension was steadily mounting in the team room. Mrs Ranka took a break by writing out twenty-four certificates of merit - an achievement in itself worthy of a certificate.

In the final round Evie Maher fought back from three pieces down to secure a victory that left the Lancashire Management Team reaching for their Pacemakers; Rosa Birks and Cameron Hill clocked up the final segment of their respective hat-trick of wins and Sid Mecalfe secured his first point - a fantastic effort on Board 3 after taking up chess only six months previously. Where will he be in a year's time?!

The final points tally was totted up and the team had to test the limits of Lasker's Law whilst they waited to see whether Wirral would catch them but Lancashire finally emerged in second place out of nine teams. So it was time for more trophies and a trip to High Wycombe awaits for the final. Does anyone know if there's a big tunnel that will get us there?

Malcolm Birks (Team Manager)

Position Team Points Wins
1 Nottingham 53 51
2 Lancashire 39 36
3 Wirral 35 32
4 Yorkshire 28 22
5 Tameside 25½ 23
6 Manchester 24½ 21
7 Cheshire & North Wales 24 22
8 Merseyside 21½ 20
9 Staffordshire 19½ 17

 

Board Name (for Rd 1) Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1 Joe Birks 1 1 0 2
2 Niamh Bridgeman 0.5 1 1 2.5
3 Sid Metcalf 0 0 1 1
4 Siena Choi 0.5 0 1 1.5
5 Ridge Holder 1 1 0.5 2.5
6 Naomi Bearon 0 1 0 1
7 Ben McGrath 1 1 0 2
8 Alexander Jones 1 1 0.5 2.5
9 Dev Ranka 1 1 0 2
10 Muhammed Bargit 0 1 0 1
11 Ivan Jones 1 1 0.5 2.5
12 Joshua King 1 1 0 2
13 Harry Coupe 1 0.5 1 2.5
14 Rebecca Duffey 1 0 0 1
15 Cameron Hill 1 1 1 3
16 Ellis Abrams 0 1 1 2
17 Harry Jennings 0 0 1 1
18 Rosa Birks 1 1 1 3
19 Jamie White 1 1 1 3
20 Kiran Naidoo 0 0 1 1
  Total 13 14.5 11.5 39