The Second 4NCL weekend at the Paragon Hotel, Birmingham
by GM Nick Pert
Tom Hinks (pictured) returns from Prague for the weekend, where he has now moved to as he takes on Guildford newcomer Mohammed Tissir. Tissir sacked a piece but failed to cause Hinks-Edwards much trouble for it. IM Tissir is a recent addition to the champion Guildford team, but with his disastrous start of 0/4 including 3 non titled players, he will have to improve dramatically if he is to keep his place next season.
Englandís youngest GM, David Howell balances out Tissir with 2/2 for Guildford.
Pia Cramling gets ready to finish off IM Karl Mah with a mating attack down the h file. I was kicking myself after missing several opportunities to break down Mahís defense on the Saturday before the game ended in a draw, but Cramling shows the way to do it.
Danny King, wins against Carleton, on the lower boards for Guildford, in fairly straight forward manner.