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4NCL Northern League 24-25 November 2012, Wychwood Park by Lawrence Cooper





The first weekend of the 2012-13 season took place at the DeVere Wychwood Park Hotel near Crewe. The division comprises of eight teams and matches are played over six boards. Two teams ended the weekend with maximum match points; Cheddleton 2 and Bradford DCA Knights 1 with the former leading on game points.



De Vere Wychwood Park, Crewe

Whilst Cheddleton’s first team consists mainly of hired professional players, many of whom are titled; their second team consists mainly of strong club players from the local area including a large number from the Cheddleton & Leek club and two from Stafford. In round one they played their local North Staffs League rivals Holmes Chapel and wins by Alex Richardson, Simon Edwards (son of ECF president Roger) and William Armstrong led them to a 4½-1½ victory. They followed this up with a 5½-½ victory against Bradford DCA Knights B with wins for Craig Whitfield, Alex Richardson, Gerald Acey & Malcolm Armstrong (both Stafford) and William Armstrong.


Bradford DCA Knights A fielded Oskar Hackner on top board who recently returned from an impressive World Youth debut in Slovenia and won both their matches; 4½-1½ against Jorvik and 4-2 against Manchester Manticores. Tony Slinger scored 2/2 whilst Roger Jennings, Eric Gardiner and Andrew Bak all scored 1½.


Atticus had a reasonably successful weekend starting with a 3-3 draw against Manchester Manticores followed by a 3½-2½ win against Jorvik to end the weekend on three match points.


Holmes Chapel recovered well from their loss to Cheddleton with a 3½-2½ victory against Aigburth to join them on two match points. The latter had a comfortable 5½-½ victory against Bradford DCA Knights B on Saturday. Manchester Manticores have one match point and Jorvik and Bradford DCA Knights B have yet to open their account.


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Results | Rd1 | Rd2 | Table after Rd2 |


My thanks to the hotel for providing excellent accommodation and playing conditions and also to the control team of Matthew Carr and the ECF President Roger Edwards.


The second weekend takes place on the 12th and 13th January 2013 at Redworth Hall Hotel in County Durham.



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