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The 4 NCL Division 1 2006-07 season ended in triumph for the Guildford ADC teams who occupied the top two places. Here is the final league table.

4NCL Division One

Guildford-ADC 1110022
Guildford-ADC 2100120
Hilsmark Kingfisher 190218
Slough Sharks 162314
Barbican 4NCL 143411
North West Eagles 142510
The ADs42510
Wood Green4169
3Cs Oldham2185
Bristol 11192*
South Wales Dragons 110102

The bottom three teams were relegated and will be replaced by Barbican 4NCL 2, Richmond and Cambridge University 1.

* Deducted one point for defaults.

The Surrey teams were supported by A&DC a firm of Human Resources Consultants whose continued sponsorship means that the League’s high level will be maintained. Guildford ADC 1 consist mainly of players from my generation the exception being the presence of Jonathan Rowson, the British champion who played on top board.

Guildford ADC 1’s top scorer was GM Mark Hebden who scored a tremendous 8.5/10. Hebden only drew one game and his loss was one of only three suffered by the 15 Grandmasters who turned out for Guldford ADC in the course of the season. Overall Guildford ADC 1 scored 68/88 in eleven matches.

M Hebden (2540) – M Turner (2490)
4NCL Div1
Wood Green v Guildford ADC 1
Coventry (6)
Barry Attack
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2 5...Ne4 6.Nxe4 dxe4 7.Ne5 Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.e3 (It cannot be good for Black to allow his pawn structure to be mangled like this) 9...c5 10.Qa5! (10.dxc5 Qxd2+ 11.Kxd2 e5 12.Bg3 Rb8 with some play) 10...Qd5 11.Bxc7 0–0 12.Be2 Be6 13.Bg3 Qb7 (Unfortunately for Black 13...cxd4 14.Qxd5 Bxd5 15.exd4 Bxd4 16.Rd1 e5 17.c3 wins) 14.Qxc5 Qxb2 15.0–0 Rfc8 16.Qxe7 Rxc2 17.Ba6 (White is a clear pawn up) 17...Bd5 18.Rab1 (18.Rfb1 Qc3 19.Bb7 Bf8 20.Qf6 Bg7 21.Qa6 keeps a clear advantage. Now Turner manages to create some confusion; 18.Rfb1 Qc3 19.Bb7 Bf8 20.Qf6 Bxb7 21.Be5 wins) 18...Qxa2 19.Bb7 Bf8 20.Qe5 Bxb7 21.Rxb7 Qe6! 22.Qa5 (22.Qxe6 fxe6 23.Rb5 a5 24.Re5 a4!) 22...Ra2 23.Qb5 a6 24.Qb1 Rc8 (Black has fought his way back into the game but now subsides very quickly) 25.h3 Rac2 (25...a5!?) 26.Ra7 Qc4 27.Kh2 (Making his king totally safe) 27...Bb4 28.Rd1! a5 29.d5 (White's position is so solid he simply advances the d pawn and Black cannot find any counterplay) 29...Qe2 (29...Rc1 30.Rxc1 Qxc1 31.Qxe4) 30.d6 Rd8 31.d7 h5 32.Rc7 Rc4 33.Bh4 1–0




Final position after 33.Bh4

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