Monday, 16 March 2015

Middlesex U14/130 win in Kent puts them in zonal decider

Middlesex U14/130 chess team earned their first win of the season against Kent in Sevenoaks yesterday

The win following draws against Essex and Surrey puts the team in a title decider against Sussex in mid April.

With one game outstanding Middlesex lead the match 12.5-10.5. The final unresolved game will either be a win for Middlesex or a draw.

This is a great win for Middlesex juniors and a great team effort.

It was another close match. After Round 1, Middlesex were leading 6.5-5.5. Kent were White in Round 2 and at one point the scores were 10.5-10.5 but we held our nerve in the three remaining matches - winning two with the third awaiting a ruling from the Southern Counties Chess Union.

Again, there were some very good individual performances. Jacob Goldberg (Board 4) and Emmanuelle Gelain-Sohn (Board 11) won both their matches. Reuben Balouka-Myers (Board 2), Harrison Willmoth (Board 3) and Liam Reed (Board 5) were also undefeated with a win and a draw.

This result means a win against Sussex in our final fixture would make Middlesex the zonal winners which would be a fantastic feat.

Kamlesh Karia
Middlesex U14/130 Team Manager

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