From 14 to 18 March, four BCA members - Steve Burnell (Leamington Spa), Les Whittle (Morpeth), Bill Armstrong (Leek) and David Hodgkins (Leamingtom Spa) went to Nunspeet, the Netherlands for the 18th AD Bestman Memorial Six

Nations Tournament. Teams from England, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Republic of Ireland took part. Each team played once against every other team. Teams scored 2 points if they won a match and 1 point for a drawn match. This event is held every 2 years, with nations taking turn to be the host.

The photos show Steve, Les and David at the board in one of our recent tournaments.

England, with Steve as Captain, had a fine start, beating Switzerland 3.5-0.5 in Round 1 and Belgium 3-1 in Round 2. In Round 3 they beat the Netherlands 2.5-1.5 but Germany moved ahead by beating Belgium 3.5-0.5.

England lost 0-4 to Germany in Round 4, but regained their form with a 3.5-0.5 win over Ireland in the final round. This was enough to give England second place with 8 match points, just behind Germany on 10. This was a very good result for the BCA team in view of the strength of the German team.

Next came Ireland (6), The Netherlands (3), Switzerland (2) and Belgium (1).

Steve scored four draws on Board one, Bill Armstrong three wins and one draw on board two. Les Whittle scored the same on board three, and David Hodgkins the same on board four.

Richard Murphy
B.C.A. Publicity officer

March 2005













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