a brilliant day yesterday. We had some close games but took the match
in the end, courtesy of a stunning comeback from two pawns down, by Kai.
Dan and Steve have continued their 100% win record for the u1450s,
with Sebastian and Alex joining them. Jacob scored his first win for
the county with Stuart having the only draw. Apologies that I could
not be there for long but the u2050 were down a player, so I had to step
you for playing and representing Yorkshire. It was a smashing venue
and historical moment in Chess as we finally welcomed Greater Manchester
into the NCCU after a 40-year dispute with Lancashire (for anyone
interested in what happened, this is a useful thread: NCCU and the MCF - English Chess Forum (ecforum.org.uk) -
it also explains why some of us were getting smiles, hugs and friendly
welcomes from the opposition!.
u1450s have now qualified for the National Stages in April and finished 1st
place in the Northern Counties stages.
Unfortunately, the Northumberland Captain was too overloaded to also
run a u1450s team, Merseyside could not get a Captain and Lancashire also
cannot field teams having administrative issues after Bill stepped
will be back in April to face Essex, Middlesex, Norwich and the usual
crowd. I will re-state that we have the strength to win the England
finals and this is the core squad to do it. Especially with Amelia
and Awen to come back in.
all go back to your clubs and continue to play standard play games ahead of
April. Coaches - please can you ensure your juniors get lots of games in
you for making the trip yesterday and all your efforts. It was a fantastic
and successful day.