An unsatisfying victory for Oxfordshire in the U125 Chiltern Chess League
Oxfordshire’s Under 125 team has won this year’s Chiltern League, but it was something of a hollow victory.
Oxfordshire won by default, as Buckinghamshire did not turn up for the contest – a disappointment for the 12 Oxfordshire players who turned up ready for a fight at Wellington College in Crowthorne on April 28th.
Oxon U125 captain Steve Bennett described the no-show by Bucks as “quite concerning” and confirmed that the issue would be discussed at the forthcoming Chiltern League AGM this coming Sunday 12th May.
Although disappointing not to have had a proper final, Oxfordshire shouldn’t feel too guilty at the win – having already beaten Bucks (8-4), Hants (9.5-2.5) and Berks (8.5-3.5) in the run-up to what was supposed to have been the grand final.
Fortunately the team who travelled from Oxfordshire to Crowthorne, including a number of Cumnor players, didn’t completely waste their time as it was decided to pit juniors vs adults in the lack of other opponents.
Needless to say, Oxfordshire’s strong juniors won convincingly!