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

Division two of the 4 Nations Chess League could not have been closer and when the final rounds had been concluded at the West Bromwich Moat House the three front runners could only be separated on game points. North West Eagles I, Numerica 3Cs I and Warwickshire Select all scored eighteen match points but the Eagles won more individual games and were declared the winners. The three leaders were all promoted to Division 1.

It was even tighter at the bottom of the division and the 4NCL Chief Arbiter Richard Furness had to quote the rule book as Athenaeum were relegated with South Wales Dragons II and Ads II. In the last round Athenaeum could only draw with ADs II who were already doomed and they finished exactly level on match points and game points with another team from central London, Kings Head. The league rules showed that the ties had to be split by the result of the individual match between the teams and this had gone in Kings Head's favour in the first round.

Barbican III also had a lucky escape and emulated their second team who avoided the drop from the first division one by one game point. Barbican III finished on seven match points but had scored 37.5 game points against Kings Head and Athenaeum's 36.

N.W. Eagles I90218
Numerica 3Cs I90218
Warwicks. Select82118
Guildford-ADC II71315
Wessex I61413
Poisoned Pawns I52412
White Rose I3359
Barbican 4NCL III2367
Kings Head3177
S.Wales DragonsII1375
The ADs II1193

Northwest Eagles will be a match for most in Division one next season particularly with former Scottish Champion John Shaw on top board. Shaw lays siege to the d5 pawn and when it falls Black suffers greater material losses.

Shaw,J - Mack,A [C06]
4NCL NWE-BarbIII, 05.2003

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.c3 c5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Nf3 Qc7 12.Bg5 0-0 13.Bh4 Nh5 14.Qc2 h6 15.Bh7+ Kh8 16.Bg6 Rxf3 17.Bxh5 Rf8 18.Bg3 e5 19.dxe5 Bxe5 20.Rad1 Bf5 21.Qc5 Be6 22.Rfe1 Bxg3 23.hxg3 b6 24.Qc3 Qd6 25.Nf4 Rf6 26.Bf3 Rd8 27.Rxe6 Rxe6 28.Rxd5 Qe7 29.Nxe6 Qxe6


30.Qxc6! [ 30.Qxc6 Qxc6 31.Rxd8+ emerging bishop and rook ahead.] 1-0

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