(With apologies to Donald Trump)
Suffolk Under 160s enjoyed two good wins today at Newmarket in the EACU Under 160 County Championships. In the morning Suffolk convincingly beat league leaders Hertfordshire by 11 points to five. There were wins for the top six boards, as well as the bottom four boards. But the middle six boards could only manage two draws between them!
In the afternoon Suffolk beat Cambridgeshire by 9½ points to 6½. Cambridgeshire had a slightly higher average grade, so this was a particularly pleasing result, especially as they had beaten Norfolk in the morning match.
Four Suffolk players won both games: Phil Hutchings (Board 1), Laurie Pott (4), Andrew Shephard (5) and Keith Woodcock (14). On 1½ points were Stephen Lewis (Board 2), Alex Sheerin (3) and David Green (16). Two youngsters played on Board 15: 10-year old Adam John won in the morning and 12-year old Jaden Jermy won in the afternoon. So the three juniors in the team (including Alex Sheerin) scored 3½ out of four.
The final u160 matches are on 12 March. If we can field a strong team again we will stand a good chance of winning the EACU Championship.
Herts lost to Norfolk today, so Suffolk head the League table on 6 match points, with Herts and Cambs on 4, and Norfolk on 2 points.