Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Middlesex Under 14 / Under 130 Chess Team Needs You!

To: Parents of children who were in the Middlesex U14/130 chess squad last season and also new players

Dear All

I am the Middlesex Team Manager role again this season and am looking to putting together the U14/130 squad. The squad is made up of children in Years 7-9 whose ECF Rapidplay Grade is 129 or less. 

For parents new to the U14 County chess (or a recap):
- Middlesex plays in a tournament run by Southern Counties Chess Union.
- We are in the East Group with Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
- We play two matches at home (Surrey and Sussex) and two matches away (Essex and Kent).
- Teams are made up of 12 players and we can have 2-3 reserve players.
- Children play two games with 59 minutes each on the clock.
- Matches take place on a Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
- The winners of the group play in the final with the winner of the West Group made up of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

More details about the championships can be found at http://www.sccu.ndo.co.uk/jun.htm

Our first match is away to Essex on Saturday 8 November in Wanstead at 1pm.

Would you please let me know by return (and no later than Monday 3 November) whether or not your child will be available to play.

I hope we will be able to field a strong team to get our season off to a winning start.

Surrey and Sussex are normally favourites to win the group. Last season we beat Essex (14-10) and Sussex narrowly (12.5-11.5) but lost to Surrey (13-11).

Last year's results show how close these matches are. I'm mindful that we are lucky in North London with lots of opportunities for children to play in weekend tournaments. I'm involved in county chess as I think it is another important platform for the development of junior chess. And I know as parents, it's yet another weekend day to chess, if your child is able to play, they do have a fantastic time especially I think from being part of a team (and all that follows from team events - new friendships, the camaraderie etc) and with children who are sometimes their opponents in individual tournaments!

Transport for away matches
As the children are now older, we don't need 12 sets of parents driving to Wanstead for the match. There will be parents who offer lifts and set up a rota. So if your child is available to play on Saturday 8 November but transport is an issue, please let me know. I'm sure we will be able to work something out.

I hope all this helps for now but if you have any queries, please do get back to me. 

Best wishes,

Kamlesh - kamleshkaria@sky.com

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