Last weekend Nathanael attended the South Wales and West of England Jamboree as part of the U11 Somerset County team. Somerset had 3 teams entered (U9, U11 & U14). He was a little happier with this tournament as he had more time on the board with 40 mins and 10 sec increments. Nathanael was on board 14 and the team consisted of 16 team members plusd 2 reserves, so to make it fair, board no.s 13-18 took a turn at being reserve so all could have 2 games that counted towards the teams score.
1st game against Devon: Nathanael secured a win, only taking two of his opponent’s major pieces and loosing none of his own resulting in a check mate.
2nd game against Gwent: this time Nathanael was a reserve, unfortunately the opposing team didn’t have enough players so Nathanael got paired against an U14 reserve. This game was a bit trickier but he was able to secure another comfortable win.
By this time we were starting to see that Glamorgan were the obvious stronger team with a score of 25½ , Somerset-16, Devon-12 & Gwent-10 and we were up against them in the last round. We knew we had to win a lot of matches to secure first place.
3rd game against Glamorgan: Nathanael came away with a loss and it didn’t stop there. Many came out with losses against the strong side but it came down to the last few games on whether we would secure at least a 2nd place.
Final results for U11:
Glamorgan – 37½
Devon – 21½
Somerset – 20
Gwent – 17
For the other teams the U14’s came away with a comfortable win of 26½ out of a possible 30. Gwent-17, Glamorgan-9½ & Devon-7.
The U9’s team missed out on a win by ½ point with 29 points and Glamorgan taking first place with 29½, Gwent finished 3rd with 13½.