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This article is used on the 4NCL web site with permission.

The 4 NCL Division one season comes to a climax at the weekend with the final three rounds to be played at the West Bromwich Moat House Hotel. The leaders Wood Green I and Guildford ADC I are neck and neck going into the final weekend. Both teams have won all eight matches and Wood Green I have a tiny advantage on board points.

The decisive match will be held on Monday and both sides have been adding to their squads by registering new players. Wood Green I captain Brian Smith may now call on Russian international Alexey Dreev while Guildford ADC sponsor IM Nigel Povah includes French GMs Joel Lautier and Laurent Fressinet.

It seems quite likely that Guildford ADC's second team will also be stronger this weekend because on Saturday they face Wood Green I and any board points they can snatch in that fixture may well prove decisive should the final match between the first teams end in a 4-4 draw.

Wood Green I80016
Guildford-ADC I80016
Barbican I43111
Wood Green II4139
N.W. Eagles I3238
Guildford-ADC II2246
The Ads I1345
Wessex I2155
Bristol I2064
Numerica 3Cs I1163

An amazing swindle as the Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk ranked world number six plays a superb game but overlooks the move 30...Nf8!! from his compatriot Alexander Moiseenko when White's back rank and missing h pawn create the possibility of perpetual check. 12.d5! opened up the game for the bishops and if 14...Bxd5 15.Rfd1 Bb7 16.Ne5 or 15...Be6 16.Nd4 c6 17.Nxe6 Rxe6 18.f3 Nf6 19.Qxf5 Rxe3 20.Bc4+ d5 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Rxd5! were both good for White. 25.Rxd6! avoided 25...fxg3 Qxe3+ 26.Kh2 Qh6+ drawing and 26.Re6! Qxe6 allowed 27.Qxa8+; After nearly any other sensible move, for example 30.Qc2 Black would have been completely lost; if then 30...Nf6 31.Bxf6 gxf6 32.Qxh7 mate.

V.Ivanchuk - A.Moiseenko
Russian Team Ch. Sochi (9)
Bogo-Indian Defence

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Bb4+ 4 Nbd2 b6 5 a3 Bxd2+ 6 Qxd2 0-0 7 e3 Bb7 8 Be2 d6 9 0-0 Ne4 10 Qc2 f5 11 b4 Rf6 12 d5! exd5 13 Bb2 Rg6 14 cxd5 Nd7 15 Rac1 Rc8 16 Rfd1 a6 17 Bd3 Qe7 18 Nd4! Bxd5 19 Bc4 Bxc4 20 Qxc4+ Kh8 21 Nxf5 Qe8 22 Qxa6 Rg5 23 Ng3 Nxg3 24 hxg3 Rxg3! 25 Rxd6! Ra8 26 Re6! Qg8 27 Qb7 Rg5 28 Rxc7 Rb8 29 Qe4 Qd8 30 Rb7 Nf8!! 31 Rh6 Rxb7 32 Qxb7 Qd1+ 33 Kh2 Rh5+ 34 Rxh5 Qxh5+ 35 Kg3 Qg5+ 36 Kf3 Qf5+ draw

Position after 30.Rb7 and now 30...Nf8!!


Final position after 36...Qf5+


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