Last Saturday 9-year old Anita Somton played in the English Girls Championships, held in Nottingham. In the Under 10 section she faced 17 other hopefuls.
After winning her first two (rapidplay) games, she drew the third after running short of time. She then won her least two games to finish on 4½/5. In any normal five round event, such a score would be almost certain to win, or at least share first place, especially with such a small number of entrants. But somehow, Susie Wang managed to sneak past her to score an unbeaten 5/5 to take the title of English Girls Champion. It was especially annoying for Anita as she had beaten Susie in an Under 11 event in October. In the last round Anita had managed to beat the current British Under 10 champion, Arushi Ramaiya.
This evening at the Bury St Edmunds Club, Anita faced former Suffolk Ladies Champion Vicky Allen in the Suffolk Ladies Championship. This year there are only four entrants: Vicky, Anita, Emilia Jewell and Bethany Young. Only two matches have been completed to date, with Emilia beating Bethany and, this evening, Anita and Vicky drew their match after a long struggle.