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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.


Round 1: 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


Round 2: 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. 


Round 3: 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.


Round 4: 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.


Round 5: 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.


Round 6: 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.


Andrew Camp

16th Nov 2010


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