An U11, U11 Girls Team and U9 team competed at the Midland Team Championships at Notts High School on Saturday 9th February.
The most impressive performance came from the U9 team, who despite being short of three team members who were playing for the U11 Girls Team, scored 14.5 out of 24 from the 3 rounds to come a close 3rd to the winners Warwickshire (16.5pts) and the runner’s up Notts (15.5pts). Kajus Mikalajunas, who recently scored 5/5 to win the Kenilworth Junior Open U11 Section and 5.5/6 to win the Minor U11o section of the Notts Rapidplay, won all 3 games on top board with ease. Alex Shen and Arav Ajayjumar also had a perfect 3/3 record whilst Madhav Eradi recorded 2 wins.
As already mentioned, 3 of the U11 Girls team were U9, but the team battled well to tie for 3rd place with Northants on 5.5 (out of 12). Olivia Chen was unbeaten on top board with 2 wins and a draw, whilst Sophie Mehta scored 2 wins on 2nd board.
The entire Leicestershire U11 team was in fact U10 and found the competition a tough one finishing 4th out of the 5 teams with 7.5 pts. Lindsay Pyun had an excellent competition on top board however scoring 2/3 as did Morris Walker on board 7.
U9: 1st Warks (16), 2nd Notts A (15), 3rd Leics (14), 4th Northants (8.5), 5th Notts B (5)
U11 Girls: 1st Warks (10), 2nd Notts (8.5), 3rd= Leics/ Northants (5.5), 5th Notts B (0.5)
U11: 1st Warks (18.5), 2nd Notts A (15), 3rd Northants (12), 4th Leics (7.5), 5th Notts B (7)