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European Club Cup
Barbican to enter 2005 event

This is to announce that Barbican 4NCL will, for the third time in four years, represent the BCF in the European Club Cup, held this year in St Vincent, Italy, on 18-24 September. The team will be captained in situ by IM Mark Ferguson, and will again be generously financially supported in this competition by the Friends of Chess.

Our team will be:


As before, each match is played over six boards, and board order within a team cannot be changed. In their last ECC (Rethymnon, Crete 2003) Barbican finished in the top half, just one place behind Clichy, who fielded Stuart Conquest on board five. On that occasion we finished as the fourth highest West European team, and (in Europe as in the 4NCL) the highest amateur team of all. We aim to repeat this success.

To qualify automatically, Barbican 4NCL 1 had to finish third in last season’s 4NCL, which we did by virtue of beating Wood Green 2 in the last round. Since Wood Green’s first team was its strongest ever in the last round, so too was its second team, which fielded 5 GMs and 3 IMs - but our 5-3 win was just one of a number of victories against such opposition for us, and we hope to build upon this momentum in Italy.

Some games:

from the successful campaign in Rethymnon (September 2003):

Parker, J v Rasmusen, K (2430)

1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 a6 5 Bd3 Bg4 6 Qb3 Bxf3 7 gxf3 Qc7 8 Nc3 dxc4 9 Bxc4 e6 10 Bd2 Be7 11 Rc1 0-0 12 Ne4 Nbd7 13 Qc2 e5?! 14 Nxf6+ Nxf6 15. Bc3 Bd6 16 Qf5 Nd7 17 Rd1 b5 18 Bb3 (Jonathan was tempted by 18 dxe5 Nxe5 19 Rxd6 Qxd6 20 Bxe5 Qb4+ 21 Bc3 Qxc4 22 Qf6 gxf6 23 Rg1+ Kh8 24 Bxf6 mate - but just in time he spotted the brilliant defence 22...Qg4!) 18...Rae8 19 Rg1 b4 (19..g6 20. Rxg6+! hxg6 21. Qxg6+ Kh8 22 Qh6+ Kg8 23 Ke2 with a mating attack. Or 19... exd4 20. Rxd4 is crushing) 20 dxe5 Nxe5 21 Bxe5 Bxe5 (21...Rxe5 22 Qf6 wins a piece.) 22 Rd7Qb8 23 Rg5! Bf4 (If 23...Kh8 24 Rh5 g6 25 Qxg6! wins neatly. Similarly 23…g6 24 Rxg6+ hxg6 25 Qxg6+ followed by Bxf7 and a swift mate) 24 Bxf7+ Kh8 25 Rxg7! Kxg7 26 Bxe8+ Kg8 27 Qxh7 mate

from the Barbican 4NCL 1 v Wood Green 2 match in May 2005, which secured our automatic qualification for the ECC this year:

M.Ferguson v J.Levitt (2441)

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nd2 c5 4 exd5 Qxd5 5 Nf3 cxd4 6 Bc4 Qd6 7 Qe2 Nf6 8 Nb3 Nc6 9 Bg5 a6 10 0-0-0 b5 11 Bd3 Bb7 12 Nbd4 0-0-0 13 Be4! Qc7 14 Bxc6 Bxc6 15 Nxc6 Qxc6 16 Rxd8+ Kxd8 17 Qe5 Be7 18 Qb8+ Qc8 19 Rd1+ Nd7 20 Qxc8+ 1-0

from the recent European Team Championships. Sam Collins has excelled for Ireland in recent Olympiads/ European Team Championships, and will now make his debut in the European Club Cup. He has played for Barbican in the 4NCL since 2001.

Hansen,Lars Bo (2567) - Collins,S
15th European Team Championships, Rd.6

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bg4 4.0–0 c6 5.d4 Nbd7 6.Nbd2 e6 7.Re1 Be7 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Rxe4 Nf6 11.Re1 0–0 12.c3 a5 13.Qb3 Ra7 14.a4 Bf5 15.Ne5 Nd5 16.g4 Bg6 17.Nxg6 hxg6 18.c4 Nf6 19.h3 Qc7 20.Be3 Raa8 21.Rad1 Rfe8 22.Rd3 Bd6 23.Red1 Rab8 24.Qc2 Bh2+ 25.Kf1 Bf4 26.Qd2 Bxe3 27.Qxe3 Rbd8 28.Qe5 Qb6 29.b3 Nd7 30.Qf4? e5! 31.dxe5 Nc5 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 33.Qf3 Rxd1+ 34.Qxd1 Nxb3 35.e6 fxe6 36.Be4 Nd4 37.Bxg6 c5 38.Be4 Qb4 39.Kg2 Qxc4 40.Bxb7 Qb4 41.Be4 Qb8 42.Qe1 Qc7 43.Qe3 Kf8 44.Qg5 Ne2 45.Kf3 Nc3!? [Collins:Alex Baburin called this 'sneaky', which is one of his best chess compliments. I want to force the bishop away so my queen can work on the long diagonal]. 46.Bc2 Qb7+ 47.Ke3 [Collins: 47.Kg3 Ne2+ 48.Kh4 Qc7 also looks very good for Black.] 47...Nd5+ 48.Ke2 Qa6+ 49.Bd3 Qd6 50.Kf3 Nc3 51.Bc4 Qc6+ 52.Kf4 Qd6+ 53.Kf3 Qc6+ 54.Kf4 Qe4+ 55.Kg3 Qxc4 56.Qd8+ Kf7 57.Qd7+ Kf6 58.Qd8+ Ke5 59.Qc7+ Ke4 60.Qxa5 Ne2+ 61.Kh4 Qd5 62.Qb6 Kf3 63.Qc7 Nf4 64.a5 Qe4 65.Qd6 Qh7+ 0–1

with thanks for Jonathan Rogers

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