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

Round two of the Four Nations Chess League was played at the West Bromwich Moat House on October 19th and to avoid any awkward pairings at the climax of the season the first and second teams of clubs in the same division faced each other.

There was one amusing result as Barbican II held Barbican I to a 4-4 draw with Dave Coleman despatching Lorin D'Costa in a quite wonderful sacrificial game, which I will give next week. The first team's blushes were spared by Simon Knott who defeated Peter Taylor, the hero of Barbican's second team in round one.

The 4NCL champions Wood Green I also had difficulty overcoming their second team but GM Matthew Turner scored the decisive victory over GM Neil McDonald.

The prize giving ceremony for the 2002-2003 season was held at the first weekend and the 'Big Hitters' with the highest individual scores were rewarded. In division one this prize was shared by GMs Chris Ward and GM John Emms from Wood Green who both played all the games and conceded just three draws apiece all season.

Big Hitters 2002/3:
Division 1 John Emms and Chris Ward 9.5/11
Division 2 IM Colin Crouch (North West Eagles) - 9/11
Division 3 Julian Allinson (Guildford) and David Hulmes (NW Eagles) 9.5/11
Division 4 George Dickson (Metropolitan) 8/10

Malcolm Hunt of Warwickshire Select was awarded the Manager of the Year award.

Second seeds Guildford ADC were defeated by Betsson.com, Black's play in the opening is a little too cavalier and although two minor pieces are usually more than a match for a rook in the middlegame Black suffers from a weakened kingside and lack of development. The end is a little surprising, White is so well coordinated he can force the Bg7 off the diagonal after which the black queen cannot defence g7 and the Bd7 for example 24...Be5 25.f4 Bxb2 26.c3

S.Ansell - D.Gormally
4NCL Division 1 Betsson.com-Guildford I (2.5) West Bromwich
Sicilian Rossolimo

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 g6 4 0-0 Bg7 5 Nc3 Nf6 6 e5 Ng4 7 Bxc6 bxc6 8 Re1 0-0 9 h3 Nh6 10 d3 d6 11 Bf4 f6 12 exd6 exd6 13 d4 g5 14 Bh2 f5 15 dxc5 g4 16 Bxd6! gxf3 17 Bxf8 Qxf8 18 Qxf3 Bd7 19 Rad1 Rd8 20 Ne2! Nf7 21 Nf4 Re8 22 Qg3 Kh8 23 Rxe8 Qxe8 24 Nh5 1-0

Final position after 24.Nh5 if 24...Be5 25.f4 Bxb2 26.c3 threatens Qg7 mate.


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