I'm pleased to report that Suffolk has a new Manager for the Under 11 Team. He is Boby Sebastian, father of 10-year old Alan John, who attends the Bury Knights Junior Club. Boby replaces Laura Cortabarria, who did such an excellent job last year when the Under 11s travelled to Northampton for the first time in several years, to participate in the National inter-County competition, as reported here.
The Under 11 Zonals take place in 2014 on 15 March, in Essex. That will be a much easier venue for our team to get to.
It's hoped that as many Suffolk Under 11s as possible will play in the Bury St Edmunds Junior Congress taking place three weeks beforehand, on 23 February. That will give Boby an opportunity to spot any latecomers and to decide on board order for the 20-board team. It's likely that at least half the team will be found from the Bury Knights, with The Abbey, Woodbridge, providing several others. Other possible sources include primary and middle schools in Needham Market, Creeting St Mary, Debenham and East Bergholt, as well as several in Ipswich. Teachers and/or chess organisers in these schools should contact Boby with suggestions for the squad. We are allowed to take up to four reserves, who are able to play in a separate tournament.
Anyone wishing to contact Boby directly should email him.