Yesterday’s posting reported the narrow loss for the Suffolk Under 160 team in the National Quarter-Finals to Nottinghamshire. This followed three pairs of matches in the EACU competition, against Norfolk (win, win), Hertfordshire (loss, win) and Cambridgeshire (win, loss). Suffolk were runners-up to Cambridgeshire, with Herts third and Norfolk last.
A total of 28 players were used over the seven matches. Several performed well above expectation, as the following chart demonstrates:
* = also received a default win
Gp = grading performance
The Player of the Season is Ed Kirkham, who scored 4½/6 over the board but also received a default win when his opponent failed to appear. Five people played in all seven matches.
Cambridgeshire also lost their quarter-final, 7½-8½, to Warwickshire.
It’s often amusing to see how journalists, usually with little understanding of the game, use chess as a metaphor. Here’s one from the Evening Standard (16 May). The journalist was Dan Jones.
The headline read: “Wayne Rooney’s been playing chess with Manchester United and it’s nearly checkmate”. The article included this reference: “In his chess game with United, this is check, with a view, in not so many moves, to checkmate.” Stick to football Dan.