4NCL Weekend, 4
May 2013, Rd9
A total of sixty-seven teams
descended on the Hinckley Island Hotel to do
battle in rounds nine, ten and eleven. By the
end of the weekend eight promotion and
relegation places would be decided as well as
three league titles and three European Club
There is always a lot of
interest about what players have been registered
and will turn up as wildcards for the final
weekend. Wood Green were somewhat over
enthusiastic with their registrations with
virtually every player in the world’s top ten
with the exception of Magnus Carlsen appeared on
their updated list. This turned out to be either
a hoax or a publicity stunt and most of the
names subsequently disappeared.
Yang-Fan Zhou (Guildford 2) v Danny
Gormally (Blackthourne R)
Guildford 1 led the table by a
point from Wood Green 1 but faced a tough
weekend facing teams in second, third and
fourth. They overcame stubborn resistance from
Barbican 1 despite John Cox beating Mark Hebden
with black on board seven and Mark Ferguson and
Ingrid Lauterbach holding Robin Van Kampen &
Stuart Conquest. They scored 3½ out of four at
the top with wins for Gawain Jones and Nigel
Short with white against Sam Collins & Lorin
D’Costa and a win with black on his Guildford
debut for Matthew Sadler against Ryan-Rhys
Griffiths. Congratulations to both Ryan-Rhys and
Sam Franklin who secured IM norm results.
Wood Green 1 unleashed Alexey
Shirov on board two against White Rose. A lively
Sicilian encounter ensued against Richard
Palliser that was played out to a drawn ending.
James Adair had an excellent win against
Alexander Baburin but otherwise it was one-way
traffic although Peter Wells made Mickey Adams
work very hard for his point on top board.
Cheddleton’s frustrating season
continued with a 4-4 draw against Jutes of Kent.
They had David Eggleston to thank for saving the
match as he ground down Arlette van Weersel in
the final game. Ezra Kirk secured his first IM
norm with a quick win against Keith Arkell
whilst Alexei Harakis won a crazy game against
Robert Bellin. Jonathan Hawkins was amongst the
Cheddleton winners by winning with black against
Bragi Thorfinnsson who needed a draw for a GM
Although Cambridge University
were defeated 5½-2½ by Barbican 2 they at least
had the consolation of two norms. England
international Sabrina Chevannes made her first
WIM norm whilst Daniel Bisby secured an IM norm.
Chris Dorrington was amongst the winners for
Barbican, defeating IM Eddie Dearing on top
Match points: Guildford 10, Wood
Green 9, Barbican 1 6, Cheddleton 5, Barbican 2
4, White Rose & Jutes of Kent 3, Cambridge 0.
(White Rose 1)
A tense weekend of relegation
tussles started with three 4½-3½ and one 5-3
results. Guildford 2’s team of three
grandmasters and five international masters were
narrowly defeated by Blackthorne Russia’s team
of one grandmaster, 4 IMs and 3 FMs. Wins for
Danny Gormally, Harriet Hunt and Chris Duncan
against Yang-Fan Zhou, Alexander Cherniaev and
Dagne Ciuksyte give Blackthorne real hope of
avoiding relegation and may leave Guildford 2
needing a result against Wood Green 2 in round
eleven to survive.
BCM Dragons scored their first
win of the season against South Wales Dragons to
keep their slim hopes of survival alive. Two
names familiar to followers of the ECF forum;
Paul Cooksey and Ian Thompson were victorious
for BCM as was Hans-Peter Hansen.
e2e4.org.uk 2 gained a vital
victory against Warwickshire Select to leapfrog
them in the table and leave themselves probably
one more win from safety. Mark Josse and James
Mansson defeated higher rated opposition with
white with Paul Lam securing Warwickshire’s only
win against Alan Byron.
Sambuca Sharks came very close
to a result against an impressive looking Wood
Green 2 side containing 4 GMs, 3 IMs and England
international Sarah Hegarty. Despite Tom Rendle
beating Lawrence Trent and wildcard Klaudia
Kulon of Poland defeating Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
wins for Jon Speelman, Benjamin Arvola and Sarah
Hegarty saw Wood Green 2 home and ensured their
survival although this was never a concern with
their players at their disposal this weekend.
Team scores: Wood Green 2 8pts,
Sambuca & e2e4 6, SW Dragons & Warwickshire 5,
Blackthorne 4, Guildford 2 & BCM 3.
Kings Head confirmed their
promotion by an incredible ninth match victory
in a row this season. Jochem Snuverink beat
Edmund Player on top board and the other seven
games were drawn meaning Anglian need two wins
to have any chance of a top four finish.
Oxford remain in second place
after a 4-4 draw with White Rose 2. David
Zakarian, Tom Eckersley-Waites, Matthew Rose and
Kieran Smallbone all won for Oxford whilst
Jean-Luc Weller, Peter Shaw, Kieran O’Driscoll
and Jonathan Arnott replied for White Rose.
3Cs remain well placed for
promotion after a 5-3 victory over Wessex with
wins from Adam Ashton and Andrew Horton. They
were joined on six points by Pandora’s Box who
had a surprisingly close victory against Bristol
despite a 190-point average advantage on each
Kings Head 10, Oxford 7, 3Cs &
Pandora’s Box 6, White Rose 4, Anglian Avengers
3, Bristol & Wessex 2.
North East England and
e2e4.org.uk were condemned to relegation after
defeat against Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg 1 and Barbican
Division 1, 2 &
3 matches in progress in the large
playing hall at Hinckley Island
KJCA Kings kept their survival
hopes alive with an impressive 6-2 win against
Poisoned Pawns with wins for Victor Jones,
Saravanan Sathyanandha, Jasper Tambini and
Robert Maguire whilst The ADs are completely
safe after a 5½-2½ win against Spirit of
Match points: ADs 10, Rhyfelwyr
Essyllwg 1 & Poisoned Pawns 7, Spirit of Atticus
& Barbican Y 6, KJCA Kings 4, e2e4 2 0 & North
East England 0.
The top of the table clash ended
in a 3½-2½ victory for Hackney against Cambridge
University 2. Their wins came from Ruben Cenal
Gutierrez, Adrian Ociepka and John Reid whilst
Andrew McClement and Stuart Robertson won for
Bradford remain level with
Hackney after a 4½-1½ win over The Rookies with
their wins coming from Oskar Hackner, Steven
Jones, Andrew Bak and Jim Nicholson.
Anglian Avengers 2 beat
Cheddleton 2 3½-2½ to move level with Cambridge
2. Their wins came from Mark Gray and Ivan Myall
whilst Simon Edwards won for Cheddleton.
Brown Jack and FCA Solutions
both won to move to thirteen points but many
other teams remain in contention and it’s
unlikely that all four promotion places will be
decided until the end of round eleven.
Scores: Hackney & Bradford 16,
Anglian Avengers & Cambridge 2 14, Brown Jack &
FCA Solutions 13.
As I am stepping down from the
4NCL reporting at the end of the season can
anyone who is interested in taking over please
contact Mike Truran (contact details
Results, league tables and
downloads from this weekend and the previous
three are all available via tabs on the left and
at the top.