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Press Release

2004/05 season
Weekend 4
Divisions 1 and 2

Divisions 1 and 2 played rounds seven and eight at the West Bromwich Moat House on the weekend of 9th and 10th April. Although nothing has been decided yet, the penultimate weekend has clarified the title and relugation issues.

In Division 1, Wood Green 1 and Guildford-ADC1 continued on their imperious way, maintaining their 100% records. Wood Green will take a narrow lead of two game points into the final weekend and, with Guildford still having to play third-placed Barbican 4NCL 1, they may feel that they are slight favourites. Still, as last season, it all looks likely to come down to the final round match-up.

Two heavy defeats to Wood Green 1 and 2 leave Numerica 3Cs 1 at the foot of the table, with Bristol 1 and Wessex 1 also in the drop zone. But the final weekend will see quite a few matches between teams in the bottom half of the table, and a couple of wins will probably be sufficient for any of these teams to escape relegation. It seems like the relegation issue goes to the wire every year, and this season promises to be no different.

In Division 2, Hilsmark Kingfisher 1 and Slough Sharks 1 consolidated their position at the top of the table and now look pretty much certain to be promoted. Third-placed Barbican 4NCL 2 slipped up in their match against Warwickshire Select - a 3 1/2-4 1/2 defeat in a match featuring only one decisive game!

At the bottom of Division 2, it now looks like three from Mindsportsltd.com, Kings Head, Bristol 2 and North West Eagles 2. Although Mind Sports prop up the table, they still have to play two of their closest rivals in the final weekend matches.

Divisions 1 and 2 will conclude on the May Bank Holiday - 30th April, 1st and 2nd May, at West Bromwich.

Selected games

Stephen Gordon vs. Andrew Martin
Numerica 3Cs 1 vs. Wood Green 2, board 2
Division 1, round 7

1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. Be3 d6 4. f3 a6 5. Qd2 Nc6 6. Ne2 e5 7. d5 Nce7 8. c4 f5 9. Nbc3 Nf6 10. h3 O-O 11. g4 Kh8 12. O-O-O b5 13. cxb5 axb5 14. a3 Bd7 15. g5 Nh5 16. Rg1

Gordon vs. Martin

16... b4 17. axb4 Qb8 18. b5 fxe4 19. fxe4 Bxb5 20. Nxb5 Qxb5 21. Nc3 Qb4 22. Be2 Nf4 23. Qc2 c6 24. h4 cxd5 25. h5 Nxe2+ 26. Qxe2 Rfc8 27. Bd2 d4 28. h6 dxc3 29. hxg7+ Kxg7 30. Bxc3 Rxc3+ 31. bxc3 Qxc3+ 32. Qc2 Ra1 mate

David Buckley vs. Lawrence Trent
Bristol 1 vs. North West Eagles 1, board 4
Division 1, round 7

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. d4 d6 7. Nd3 Nxe4 8. Qe2 Qe7 9. Bxf4 Bg7 10. c3 O-O 11. Nd2 Re8 12. Nxe4 Qxe4 13. Qxe4 Rxe4+ 14. Kd2 Nc6 15. g3 Bf5 16. Bg2 Ree8 17. Raf1 Na5 18. b3 c5 19. d5 c4 20. Nc1 cxb3 21. axb3 Rac8 22. c4

Buckley vs. Trent

22... Nxc4+ 23. bxc4 Rxc4 24. Bxd6 Rd4+ 25. Kc3 Rc8+ 26. Kb2 Ra4+ and White resigns.

David Anderton vs. Matthew Turner
The ADs 1 vs. Wood Green 1, board 7
Division 1, round 7

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 Ba6 9. Qf3 Nc6 10. e3 Na5 11. Rc1 c5 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6 14. d5 Rab8 15. Nf3 b5 16. cxb5 Bxb5 17. Rxc5

Anderton vs. Turner

17... Rfc8 18. Rc3 Rxc3 19. bxc3 Bc4 20. dxe6 Rb1+ 21. Kd2 fxe6 and White resigns.

Jonathan Parker vs. Gavin Wall
Barbican 4NCL 1 vs. Richmond A, board 1
Division 1, round 7

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. g3 d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. Bd2 Nb4 9. Be3 Nd5 10. Qd3 Nxe3 11. Qxe3 O-O 12. O-O-O Bc5 13. Bg2 Nd7 14. Rhe1 c6 15. Ne4 Qb6 16. Qd2 Bb4 17. c3 Be7 18. Nf5 Bd8 19. Qd6 Nf6

Parker vs. Wall

20. Nh6+ gxh6 21. Nxf6+ Bxf6 22. Qxf6 Qa5 23. Qxh6 Qxa2 24. Qg5+ Kh8 25. Qf6+ Kg8 26. Qg5+ Kh8 27. Qf6+ Kg8 28. Be4 Black resigns.

Robert Gwaze vs. Charles Kennaugh
Slough Sharks 1 vs. North West Eagles 2, board 1
Division 2, round 7

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. exf5 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 d6 8. d4 Nxd4 9. Nxd4 exd4 10. Qxd4 d5 11. Bg5 c6 12. Bd3 Rf7 13. g4 Qf8 14. h3 h5 15. Bh4 c5 16. Qf4 Bd6 17. Qf3 hxg4 18. hxg4 c4 19. Be2

Gwaze vs. Kennaugh

Nxg4 20. Qxd5 Bh2+ 21. Kf1 Bxf5 22. Bxg4 Bxg4 23. Qg2 Bf5 24. Qxh2 Bxc2 25. Nd5 Re8 26. Re5 Be4 27. Re1 Rxe5 28. Qxe5 Bd3+ 29. Kg1 g5 30. Bxg5 Black resigns.

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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