Rising star Anita Somton celebrated her 9th birthday yesterday by scoring 2½/3 on the first day of the National Junior Squad Under 10 Championship (in Daventry). She is still, of course, an ‘Under 9’ for this season.
Then today she played two of the higher-graded opponents in her section. She lost against the top seed (104) in Round 4 and drew against a 99 in the final round. Her grading performance over the five games was 102. She was the best girl in the 26-player section.
The games were 30 moves in 1¼ hours, plus 30 minutes QP finish (longer than a standard league game!)