County U14s Championship

Report by David Levens

On Sunday 25th September Notts entered an Under 14 team in the annual county U14 team championship, held in Northampton, and finished second overall just behind Sussex, but ahead of Kent by three points!

1 Sussex
2 Nottinghamshire
3 Kent

Our team, in board order, was:

1 Jonah Willow WNCC 3/3
2 Adi Munshi WNCC
3 Anita Somton WNCC 2/3
4 Armaan Gogia WNCC 3/3
5 Ritika Maladkar WNCC 2.5/3
6 Ben Gilpin West Bridgford 1/3
7 Lavanya Maladkar WNCC 3/3
8 Vidura Mendis WNCC 3/3
9 Kiera Bentley WNCC 0/3
10 Alana Leung WNCC
11 Thomas Bowden WNCC 2/3
12 Asta Knight WNCC 2/3

This was a great results by our youngsters, but it's a great shame to realise that without WNCC children we would not have been even able to enter! What a great day it could be if I had to select a junior side from most of the NCA club sides.

Please, all clubs, try and imagine how much chess will be played in Nottingham in 50 or even 20 years time without encouraging juniors to join your clubs now!? At the moment, without the juniors that have been developed by the NPSCA, Notts would struggle to field a decent U100 or even a decent U120 team.