Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School at the Junior
4NCL - 13th & 14th Nov 2010.
We are always
looking for new opportunities so we entered this
year’s Junior 4NCL for the first time. Five
pupils with their families travelled to Oxford
on Saturday 13th.
We played G Kensington and Croydon and within
about forty minutes, had secured our first win.
Further wins for Imogen, Ethan, Solomon and
Kaleem gave us a 4-0 victory. Rafeez sat out of
the first game using the spare time to receive
some extra coaching.
Rydal Penrhos team ready for the
start of play
We were paired against Basingstoke Under 11 ‘A’.
The games were tough and wins for Rafeez and
Solomon and a defeat for Ethan left us 2-1 up
with just Imogen to finish. Soon after she
agreed a draw and the match was won 2½ - 1½.
We played ‘Chess Kings’. They are a strong team
and the match was hard fought and long.
Wins for Imogen, Ethan and Kaleem resulted in a
3-1 win and suddenly we were one of two unbeaten
teams at the top of the table; the other, Andrew
Martin’s Yateley Manor ‘A’ side.
And so inevitably, we were paired with Yateley
and it proved to be a very challenging match.
Boards 2, 3 and 4 all went to Yateley and it was
left to Imogen on Board 1 to dig deep and find
our only win of the match. This left us in
second place at the end of Day One.
In this round we played ‘The Individuals’ -
another strong team. This proved to be a
very competitive fixture and could have gone
either way. With wins by Solomon and Rafeez the
match finished 2-2 placing us third place with
one match to go in a re-structured tournament.
Our tired team played Surrey Sharks who beat us
4-0. Another group of talented players.
Thanks go to Claire
Summerscale and the helpers who, with great
energy, put on this excellent event. If
you are a coach or a teacher, you could do a lot
worse than to play in the next Junior 4NCL
weekend in February.
16th Nov 2010