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The Gazette - August 2006

Edited by Guy Whitehouse
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

The 4 Nations Chess League 2005-2006

Another prosperous year in the 4NCL has just been concluded with the BCA having achieved its objective once again and having illustrated to the chess world that we are not a team to be taken lightly. Our season's ultimate target was to surpass our previous year's performance and indeed, this was accomplished with a round to spare. However, as people may be aware, the 4NCL now considers game points to be the deciding factor instead of match points. In regards to the draw, the tournament was run on a Swiss based system, which inevitably led to the BCA being pitted against teams of equal status within the league. For these reasons and the tremendous camaraderie of the team, I believe a very successful year was attained.

We procured 10 match points in total, which exceeded our previous season's achievement of 9. We obtained 32.5 match points and were placed 19th in a strong 36-team field. This was extremely encouraging since the top 4 teams, which were promoted to division 3. Were within reach with 39 game points. Naturally, there were lots of other teams around the 33-35 benchmark but this does indeed look promising for the future.

The B.C.A. will enter a team into the 4NCL next year with the aspiration of bettering this season's performance and reaching for that 37 plus barrier and, perhaps, make a bid for the promotion places.

As team manager, I would like to give my personal thanks to all of my squad players and especially those who have played for us over the board. I have indicated individual results below but particular recognition should be given to some people.

Tyson has led the team courageously and dependably scoring an impressive 70% on top board and being an observant and exemplary match captain. With his solid performance and with my own satisfactory 66% record, I believe we created a strong basis for the rest of the team. Bill Armstrong certainly proved to be reliable with an uncompromising 50% score and Steve Burnell improved on his previous season's unflattering record. All the lower boards aided me tremendously and all should be thanked for turning up and I am proud to state that to-date, the team have never defaulted a board and all squad members have contributed to our success so far!

I cannot stress enough the credit the association is gaining from playing in this prominent event. Many people have viewed us in action and many questions have been asked about the association. Teams are fearing our dauntlessness as opponents and we are becoming a force to be reckoned with!

If anybody wishes to see individual games and reports from the team, you will be able to view it all at:

http://www.braillechess.org.uk/4ncl/

I wish to conclude by inviting any member to get in touch with me if you are interested in playing for the BCA in the 4NCl, although please keep in mind that you must be a fully-paid member of the ECF. Chris Ross - B.C.A. 4NCL manager

Team statistics

players:1. Tyson Mordue (2287) 7/102. Chris Ross (2128) 6/9

3. Stephen Hilton (2060) 4/11

4. Bill Armstrong (1951) 5.5/11

5. Steve Burnell (1960) 3.5/6

6. John Gallagher (1890) 1/27. Norman Wragg (1845) 1/4

8. Steve Thacker (1785) 2/5

9. Richard Murphy (1735) 1/3

10. Alastair Irving (1545) 0.5/4

placing: 19/36; won 4, drew 2 and lost 5.

game points 32.5; match points 10.

Individual round by round results

Round 1 - 5/11/2005 vs. Cavendish: WON 3.5-2.5;

Round 2 - 6/11/2005 vs. Monmouth: LOST 2.5-3.5;

Round 3 - 3/12/2005 vs. Slough Sharks 4: DREW 3-3;

Round 4 - 4/12/2005 vs. Oxford 2: LOST 1.5-4.5;

Round 5 - 11/2/2006 vs. FCA Solutions 2: WON 3.5-2.5;

Round 6 - 12/2/2006 vs. Notts. 2: LOST 2.5-3.5;

Round 7 - 18/3/2006 vs. Pontypridd: WON 4-2;

Round 8 - 19/3/2006 vs. 3Cs Oldham 2: LOST 2.5-3.5;

Round 9 - 27/5/2006 vs. Conquistadors: WON 4-2;

Round 10 - 28/5/2006 vs. SCS: DREW 3-3;

Round 11 - 29/5/2006 vs. Oxford 3: LOST 2.5-3.5.

GamesThere are many good games to choose from. I choose the top 3 in my opinion although it has been a very difficult decision to select these. I strongly advise members to check out the games from our website:

http://www.braillechess.org.uk/4ncl/4ncl.pgn

Event 4NCL/DIV4/BCA-SS4

Round 3, board 2

White: V. Ufodike; Black C. Ross

1 d4 e6 2 c4 Nf6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Nf3 0-0 7 Qc2 c6 8 cxd5 exd5 9 Bd3 h6 10 Bh4 Re8 11 0-0-0 a5 12 Kb1 a4 13 Rhg1 Qa5 14 g4 b5 15 g5 hxg5 16 Rxg5 b4 17 Rdg1 Bf8 18 Ne2 b3 19 axb3 axb3 20 Qxb3 c5 21 Qb5 Qa2+ 22 Kc2 Rb8 23 Nc3 Qa7 24 Qa4 Qb7 25 Qa2 c4 26 Bf5 Ra8 27 Qb1 Qb3+ 28 Kd2 Qb4 29 Ne5 Nxe5 30 dxe5 Bxf5 31 Rxf5 Ne4+ 32 Ke2 Qxc3 33 bxc3 Nxc3+ 34 Kd2 Nxb1+ 35 Rxb1 Reb8 36 Rxb8 Rxb8 37 Rf4 Bc5 38 Kc2 Ra8 39 Rg4 Ra2+ 40 Kb1 Re2 41 Bf6 Rxf2 42 Rxg7+ Kf8 43 Rh7 Ke8 44 Bg5 c3 45 Rh8+ Kd7 46 Ra8 Rxh2 47 Ra6 Re2 48 Kc1 Bb4 49 Kd1 c2+ 50

Kc1 Bc3 0-1

Event: 4NCL/div4/3Cs-BCA

Round 8, board 1

White: A. Jaundooby; Black: T. Mordue

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 g3 Bg7 4 Bg2 0-0 5 Nc3 d6 6 e3 Nbd7 7 Nge2 e5 8 0-0

Re8 9 h3 e4 10 g4 h5 11 gxh5 Nxh5 12 Nxe4 Qh4 13 Nd2 Nf8 14 Nf3 Qe7 15

Nc3 Be6 16 b3 c5 17 Re1 Rad8 18 Qc2 Qd7 19 Kh2 Nh7 20 Bd2 Bf5 21 Qb2 N5f6 22 Rad1 Qc8 23 Bc1 Ne4 24 Nh4 Nxc3 25 Qxc3 Be4 26 Rg1 Ng5 27 f3 Bc6 28 Qc2 Bd7 29 dxc5 Bxh3 30 Rd5 Be5+ 31 f4 Qg4 32 Qf2 Bxg2 33 Rxg2 Qh3+ 34 Kg1 Ne4 35 Qe1 Bf6 36 Rh2 Qg4+ 37 Kh1 Ng3+ 38 Kg2 Nf5+ 39 Kf1 Bxh4 40 Qe2 0-1

Event: 4NCL/DIV4/BCA-CON

Round 9, board 4

White: D. Cork;; Black: W. Armstrong

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8

Na3 b5 9 Nd5 Qa5+ 10 Bd2 Qd8 11 Bd3 Be6 12 Bg5 Be7 13 Nxe7 Qxe7 14 0-0 h6 15 Bh4 g5 16 Bg3 Rd8 17 c4 bxc4 18 Nxc4 0-0 19 Ne3 Nb4 20 Bb1 d5 21 exd5 Nfxd5 22 Qh5 Qf6 23 Nc4 Nf4 24 Bxf4 Bxc4 25 Be3 Bxf1 26 Kxf1 Nd3 27 g3 e4 28 Bc2 Nxf2 29 Kg2 g4 30 Bxe4 Nxe4 31 Qxg4+ Qg6 0-1

Dates for the 2006-2007 competition

Rounds 1 and 2: 23rd/24th September 2006, Paragon Hotel, Birmingham

Rounds 3 and 4: 2nd/3rd December 2006, Park Inn Hotel, West Bromwich

Rounds 5 and 6: 10th/11th February 2007, Initial Style Conferences, Sunningdale

Rounds 7 and 8: 24th/25th March 2007, Park Inn Hotel, Nottingham

Rounds 9, 10 and 11: 26th to 28th May 2007, Initial Style Conferences, Sunningdale.

Chris Ross, 4NCL team captain.