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

Guildford A&DC romped to victory in the 4 Nations Chess League final weekend held at Sunningdale. Guildford A&DC’s first and second teams racked up big scores in all three matches and finished in the top two places.

Guildford A&DC 1 defeated Barbican 4NCL 7.5-0.5, Betsson.com 6.5-1.5 and Hilsmark Kingfisher 7-1 in the final round. The winners conceded just one 4-4 draw in their eleven matches.

Division 1 Champions: Guildford A&DC 1

Runners up: Guildford A&DC 2

Division 2 Champions: White Rose

also promoted: Bristol 1, Pride and Prejudice, South Wales Dragons 1

Division 3 Champions: Jutes Of Kent

also promoted: Warwickshire Select, Pandora's Box, Anglian Avengers 1, FCA Solutions 1 , South Wales Dragons 2

Division 4 Champions: Brown Jack

also promoted: Celtic Tigers 1

N Pert - M Devereux
4NCL Div 1 (11)
Guildford A&DC 2- Barbican 4NCL 1 Queen’s Indian

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.Nd2 h6 7.Bh4 Nc6 8.e3 Ne7 9.Bxf6 (9.f3 Nf5 10.Bf2 c5 11.Qc2 0-0 12.d5 Nxe3!! 13.Bxe3 exd5 led to disaster for White in Pert-Aagaard British Championship 2007) 9...gxf6 (9...Bxc3 10.Bxg7!) 10.Qb3 c5 11.d5 Qb8 (11...exd5 12.0-0-0!? dxc4 13.Bxc4 d5? 14.Nde4!) 12.0-0-0 Qe5 13.Nde4! (With the nasty threat of f2-f4 when the black queen cannot cover f6 and d6) 13...Bxc3 14.Nxc3 exd5 15.cxd5 Nf5 (15...0-0-0 accepting a slight disadvantage due to the fractured pawns was possible) 16.g3 Nd6 17.e4 0-0 (It's hard to know whether to give this !? or ?! The king must be safer on b8 but Black wants to launch an attack of his own) 18.f4 Qe7 19.Bd3 c4?! (19...Rfc8 20.Bb1 c4 21.Qc2 b5? 22.e5 fxe5 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Qh8 mate) 20.Bxc4 Rac8 21.Bd3 Nxe4 22.Bxe4 Qxe4 23.Rhe1 Qf3 24.Kb1 f5? (This pawn is lost now) 25.Qc2 Bxd5 26.Rd3! (26.Rxd5 Rxc3 27.Qxf5 Re3 with fighting chances) 26...Rfe8 27.Rxe8+ Rxe8 28.Rxd5! 1-0 If 28.Rxf3 Re1+ 29.Nd1 Bxf3 keeps the game going.




Position after 28.Rxd5!

Guildford-A&DC 1101021
Guildford-A&DC 2100120
Barbican 4NCL 181217
The ADs60512
Hilsmark Kingfisher 13359
Wood Green3268
Cambridge University 13268
Barbican 4NCL 23177
North West Eagles 10383
Slough Sharks 11281

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