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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Malcolm Pein writes a daily chess column in the Daily Telegraph. This article is used on the 4NCL web site with permission.

Guildford A&DC 1 continued their winning streak in Weekend 2 of the 4NCL Division 1 although with the split division format in use this year they will face a renewed challenge after the seventh round. Guildford A&DC 1 won both their matches comfortably, defeating Barbican 4 NCL 2, whom they out-rated by 250 points aboard, 7-1 and The Gambit Ads 6-2. In the latter match Jonathan Rowson drew with Jon Speelman while David Howell defeated New Zealand GM Murray Chandler who had remained in Europe after the Chess Olympiad.

After round seven the two groups below will be split, with the top four from each going into Pool A and the bottom four into Pool B. Results will be carried forward and each time will face only the teams coming from the other group. Guildford A&DCís principal challenge will come from the newly combined Wood Green and Hilsmark Kingfisher team who like Guildford have won all four matches. WGHK narrowly defeated Guildford A&DCís second team in round four.

Wood Green Hilsmark 14008
White Rose 13016
South Wales Dragons 12206
Barbican 4NCL12115
Guildford-A&DC 22024
Richmond 11031 *
Cambridge University 10131
Sambuca Sharks0040

Guildford-A&DC 14008
Pride and Prejudice3107
Wood Green Hilsmark 22115
The Gambit Ads2024
Barbican 4ncl 21032
Bristol 11032
North West Eagles1030

E Prie (2491) - E Dearing (2383)
4NCL Hinckley (3)
Modern Defence
1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 Nf6?! (Now Black gets a bad Alekhine's Defence in which he cannot fight for the centre adequately. 4...Bg4 5.c3! defends the d4 square but 4...c5 5.dxc5 Qa5+ 6.c3 Qxc5 is playable) 5.e5 Nd5 6.c4! Nb6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be3 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 dxe5 11.dxe5 Nc6 12.Rd1 Qc8 13.c5 (White has two bishops and a big advantage in space and development. All the preconditions for a kingside attack are present) 13...Nd7 14.Bb5 Ndb8 15.Qe4 f6 16.Bc4+ Kh8 17.h4! fxe5 18.h5 Qg4 19.hxg6 h6 20.f5 Qxe4 (20...Qxf5 21.Qxf5 Rxf5 22.Bxh6 is no better despite the queen exchange) 21.Nxe4 Rxf5 22.g4 Rf3 23.Ke2 Rxe3+ (23...Rf8 24.g5) 24.Kxe3 Nd4 25.Rdf1 Nd7 26.g5 1-0




Final position after 26.g5

The Modern Defence suffers again. White plays to limit Blackís counterplay with 7.d5 but 7...e5 leads to weaknesses on the white squares. Black is delayed in playing his bishop to b7 because e6 is vulnerable but 12...Bb7 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Ng5 Nc5 15.Ng5 h6 15.b4 was preferable to allowing the doubled e pawns. White has annoying pressure when Black misses a tactic and resigns a pawn down with Rd7 hard to prevent.

M Chandler (2515) - J Rudd (2344)
4NCL Hinckley (3)
Modern Defence
1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 Nd7 5.Nf3 a6 6.a4 b6 7.d5 e5?! 8.dxe6 fxe6 9.Bc4 Qe7 10.0-0 Ngf6 11.Qd2 0-0 12.Bh6 Ne5 13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Rad1 h6 16.Qe3 Bd7 17.Rd2 Qb4 18.Bb3 Rae8 19.Rfd1 Bc6 20.f3 Qe7 21.Bc4 Bb7 22.b3 Bc8 23.Ne2 Nh5? 24.Bxa6 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