Sussex U11 Girls vs Sussex U9s friendly, 4th March 2018, Hassocks
The annual friendly between our U9 and U11 Girls teams results in victory for the U9s by the narrowest of margins.
U11 Girls’ Inter-County Match, 24th February 2018, Copthorne
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Sophia Blin, Madison Cox, Elena Currah, Thea Godfrey, Lucy Lai, Lauren Manchester, Maya McMahon, Amelie Rees, Sophie Rees, Sammy Sareen, Darcey Walker-Lee, Thamadi Wickramanayake, Madelaine Wilkinson
The U11 girls’ squad began their warm-up for the national final in Oxford next month with a very useful Four Counties friendly at Copthorne Prep School. Berkshire, Kent and Wey Valley brought squads to play a jamboree format with twelve boards per county.
Some cracking chess was played with great levels of concentration and after two rounds Kent had a narrow lead over Sussex in second place. Then came the much-anticipated lunch break with vast quantities of pizza being devoured by the girls, and there were rumours of chocolate cake although this correspondent never saw any, and then back to the chess for the final round. Jonathan Tuck delivered an inspiring team talk and the girls responded in style, turning round a two point deficit into a four point win.
Thanks go to
- Berkshire, Kent and Wey Valley for bringing their teams and playing with such determination and good spirit, and for contributing to such a successful day
- Jonathan and Trevor for coaching,
- Catherine for pairing
- and all the parents for giving up their Saturday to support the girls