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European Club Cup
Round 3 update

After the all-GM side of BeerSheva took revenge for last year’s ignominious draw by beating Barbican 4NCL in the second round, the Londoners bounced back to beat the Danish side Aarhus 4-2. The sides were well balanced with only a small rating advantage for Barbican 4NCL, but the team was led magnificently by GM Jonathan Parker, who made his first European Club Cup win over IM K Rasmusen, and by IM Brian Kelly, who now has 2.5/3 on board two.

Thus we have won two matches without losing a game and now stand in joint 13th position. Our next match will be against the strong German side Werder Bremen, who will have a substantial rating advantage of (on average) 100 points per board. The likely top board encounter between Jonathan Parker and Luke McShane promises to be a particularly interesting encounter.

Kazan have the lead in the competition, though they have played relatively weak opposition to date. Paris NAO are perhaps justifying their position as top seeds, having played against stronger opposition, but they will still be concerned at being 1.5 gamepoints adrift of Kazan already; and a draw with White on board three today from Michael Adams (playing the 2399 rated Bulgarian S Zhigalko) cannot have been part of their match plan.

Jonathan Rogers
President of Barbican 4NCL Chess Club

Barbican 4NCL's participation in this competition is supported by the Friends of Chess.

Division 1

Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
Barbican 4NCL 2
Oxford 1
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Guildford-A&DC 2
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent

Division 2

Sambuca Sharks
Warwickshire Select 1
e2e4.org.uk 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
AMCA Dragons
Kings Head
Poisoned Pawns 2
Anglian Avengers
Wessex 1
Celtic Tigers 1
Bristol 1
White Rose 2
Brown Jack
Guildford-A&DC 3
FCA Solutions 1

Division 3

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg
Sambuca Black Sheep
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs