Oxfordshire Under 11 Girls team recently competed in the EPSCA final. This took place on the same weekend, and at the same venue, that Oxfordshire were winning the Under 14 Minor section of the SCCU Junior Jamboree.
Unfortunately the team was missing a fair number of the stronger players, but this gave a chance for others to compete at the top level on higher boards, and others who would otherwise have been in the reserves tournament to play for the main team.
The team did not come last! The results do not do justice to how close some of the games were, and all of the girls are to be congratulated for their positive team spirit. Over half the team's points came from strong performances from Sana Kassey on board 3 and Asha Seymour on board 12. Full results can be found at the link below.
Next year Oxfordshire will be hosting the EPSCA U11 girls final, and I am hoping that we will be able to put a bigger focus on Oxfordshire girls' chess in the year leading up to that.