We had lots of wonderful volunteers at the Riviera, which left me free
to be a roving coach. Come and see the Chess Doctor, I said, and he
will find our what's wrong with your chess, and suggest some treatments.
Congratulations to all prize-winners and participants at one of the largest and strongest events I have attended. The Under-15s in particular was a real shark-tank, with last year's prize-winners struggling to make an impression on the field of 30.
Having won our other two matches, we went into our last game with league
victory assured, and so we ventured a younger team against Broadclyst
Primary School, who for so long have been the core of Devon's junior
When Ethan missed the start and Henry out-tricked himself, it looked as
though we were going to struggle for any sort of result. Oliver set up
a solid fortress while Redmond went fishing for chances against his
opponent's King. After Redmond hooked a mate and Oliver's castle was
breached, we went home with just one point.
Well done! We won the Eustis U14 cup for the first time since 2006, and
did so with a thumping score.
The Welsh were very sporting to spread their considerable strength over
two teams (Glamorgan and Gwent) so we stood a much better chance this
year, but I was enormously pleased with the eventual score (23½/30) and
the style of our victory. I think our boards 2,3 and 4 were outgraded
in every game, and yet over 9 games the dropped just one point between
them - fantastic results!