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

Wood Green maintained their slender lead of the 4NCL Division one in the fourth round played at the Paragon Hotel in Birmingham. The title holders dismissed the challenge of Barbican 4NCL 1 who have caused them problems in the past. Wood Green 1 won 6-2 conceding just four draws although the match could have been a little closer had Kanwal Bhatia closed out her winning position against WGM Ketevan Arakhamia who is rated over 300 points higher.

Wood Green I lead Guildford ADC 1 on board points after the latter struggled to defeat newly promoted Slough Sharks who fielded three GMs to Guildford’s 8. European Individual Champion David Navara, a Czech GM, defeated French international Laurent Fressinet on top board but the British champion Jonathan Rowson defeated Nick Pert on board 2.

Slough Sharks 13.5-4.5Guildford-ADC 1
GM Navara1 – 0GM Fressinet
GM Pert0 - 1GM Rowson
IM ErdosdrawGM Gallagher
IM SchenkdrawGM Hebden
IM G JonesdrawGM King
GM McNab1 - 0GM Plaskett
IM Radziewicz0 - 1GM Conquest
Martyn0 - 1WGM Ciuksyte
Barbican 4NCL 12-6Wood Green 1
GM ParkerdrawGM Lalic
IM Kelly0 - 1GM Emms
IM Pallise0 - 1GM Speelman
Rogers0 - 1GM Gormally
CollinsdrawGM Baburin
DevereauxdrawGM Ward
IM KnottdrawGM Turner
K. Bhatia0 - 1WGM Arakhamia-Grant
Guildford-ADC 23.5-4.5Hilsmark Kingsfisher 1
IM Howell 0 - 1GM Wells
GM CherniaevdrawIM Greet
IM Shaw1 - 0GM Williams
GM Flear0 - 1GM Arkell
IM JP WallacedrawIM Trent
IM G Buckley0 - 1IM Berzinsh
IM Povah1 - 0WGM J Houska
WGM S LalicdrawIM Crouch
Wood Green 24.5-3.53Cs Oldham 1
The ADs 13 - 5Betsson.Com
N.W. Eagles 14.5-3.5Barbican 4NCL 2
Wood Green 13107
Guildford-ADC 13107
Hilsmark Kingfisher 12206
Barbican 4NCL 13016
Slough Sharks 12115
Guildford-ADC 22024
Wood Green 22024
The Ads 11123
N.W. Eagles 11032
Barbican 4NCL 20131
3Cs Oldham 10131

J Shaw – S Williams
4NCL (4.3)
Pirc Defence

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 Bd7!? (Simon Williams is a marvellously creative player. Who else I wonder could have come with a concept like this?) 6.e5 Ng8 (6...Ng4 Simon assumed this was not possible but maybe.. 7.Bxb7 Nc6 8.Bxa8 Qxa8 9.f3 0–0 10.d5 Ngxe5 11.dxc6 Bxc6 12.Kf2 d5!? with one pawn, two diagonals and the initiative for the rook) 7.Nf3 (Shaw prefers not to test the idea and turns down exchange and pawn ! after 7.Bxb7 Nc6 8.Bxa8 Qxa8 Black has some development, two great bishops and some chances on the white squares then if 9.f3 dxe5 is far from clear) 7...Nc6 8.Bf4 Bg4 (Black must attack e5 or he will be slowly pushed off the board) 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Rb8 (10...dxe5 11.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.Bxe5 Nf6 13.Qf3 is slightly better for White) 11.b3 Qd7 12.0–0! (Shaw offers a pawn to enhance the scope of his bishop pair) 12...dxe5 (12...Qxh3?? 13.Bg4; 12...Nh6!?) 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Bg2 Nc6 (14...Rd8 15.Qe1 Nc6 16.Nd5!) 15.Qxd7+ Kxd7 16.Rad1+ Kc8 17.Na4 e5!? ( Better 17...Nf6 18.Nc5 e6 when White has compensation but Black should be alright 18...Rd8 19.Rxd8+ Nxd8 is also playable) 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Rfe1! f6 (19...exf4 20.Re8+ Kb7 21.Nc5+ Kb6 22.Nd7+) 20.Be3 Ra8 21.f4 Ne7 22.fxe5 fxe5 23.Nc5 Nf5 24.Bf2 h5 25.Rd7 (Computer evaluations of this position are misleading. Black is in difficulties, his Ra8 is out of play) 25...Bf8 26.Rf7 Bxc5 27.Bxc5 Kb7 (27...Re8 28.Rf6 Nxg3 29.Rxg6 Nf5 30.Rg5 and Black should lose e5 and h5) 28.Rxe5 Rad8 29.Bf2 Rd1+ 30.Kg2 Rd2 31.g4? hxg4 32.hxg4 Nh6 33.Rf4 Rf8?? (A typical accident in time pressure Black gets his moves in the wrong order. After 33...Nxg4! 34.Rxg4 Rf8 35.Kg3 Rfxf2 Black can even go for a win) 34.Rxf8 Nxg4 35.Ra5 c5 36.Rb5+ Kc6 37.Rxc5+ Kd6 38.Rd8+ 1–0




Final position after 38.Rd8+

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