Updated: 7/04/22

OVERVIEW

The 4NCL and Junior 4NCL are a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club. We enter teams under the banner “Dundee City“. We are currently in season 5 and the 4NCL is going strong with teams all over the UK taking part.
4NCL
Dundee City had one team in season one (div 1); Two teams in season 2 (div 1 & 6); Three teams in season 3 (Div 1, 5 & 7); Four teams in season 4 (Div 1, 3 & 5). Now in season 5 we have 5 Dundee City teams involved which is fantastic (Div 1, 2, 4 & 5)!

The format is one match per team on a Tuesday night, once a fortnight, 7:30pm start time. Time-Control – 45 minutes + 15 seconds increments. All matches played on Lichess.org.

JUNIOR 4NCL
Dundee City have had one team entered since season two (Div 3); Season 3 (Div 3); season 4 (Div 2) and season 5 (Div 2).
The format is one match per team on a Thursday night, once a fortnight, 6pm start time. Players play their opponent twice (b&w), Time-Control – 10 minutes + 5 seconds increments. All matches played on Lichess.org.

For all the latest news, rules, results and much, much more go the the 4NCL website (Click link below)

Official 4NCL website

 

NEWS

Working on it!

Updated: 17/05/22

Tues 17th May 22 – 7:30pm
Division Four final play-off

 

Jurassic Coast (1750) 1½ – 2½  (1865) Dundee City C
Oh what a night of chess we bared witness too in this match! Congratulations to Dundee City C on becoming the 4NCL division four champions for season 5 2022 after beating Jurassic Coast 2½ – 1½.

I called it right in my last post when I said:

“This match will have more action, ups and downs, controversial moments, emotional rollercoaster’s, blood sweat and tears and of course some tense flowing, mind blowing chess!”

Was I not right?

What a game to watch and play in! Commiserations to Jurassic Coast who put everything into this match. Well played Dundee City C and its players on an out of this world performance!

Daiusz Kosznik on board 2 played a beautiful game and checkmate in 16 moves, stunning! That gave Dundee City C the start they wanted and needed! Game “HERE

The other 3 matches took longer but boy did they produce some mind blowing chess from both sides!

Alastair Dawson on board one, in my option (might not be worth much and he was always under control!), was in a bit of a pickle and possible on the wrong end of it, but boy what a fighter he is. Those two connected passed pawns proved to be a thorn in his opponent’s side and cracks were beginning to appear along with the mistakes. I have to say what a wonderful endgame Alastair played, fantastic to watch and the finish…a work of art!
Game “HERE

That put Dundee City 2 – 0 up just as Graham Mooney on board 3 drew his match to give Dundee City C the title, a fitting end for the captain! Game “HERE

Sir Philip Cohen on board four finished just after that, losing his match in a very tight battle. But that loss did not matter and it’s a team game and the team won! Game “HERE

I have no superlatives left in the locker after this match. My nerves are shattered and I need my bed to recover.

Once again congratulations to Dundee City C on what is a historic night for the City of Dundee and the two chess clubs involved, Castlehill Dundee CC and Dundee CC! This joint venture has proved it’s worth to both clubs and long may it continue!

When played like that, chess is the most beautiful game to play and watch in the world!

Dundee City C was the icing on the cake with this victory. All our other teams, Dundee City A, B, D and E also had incredible campaigns with the B, D & E teams all getting promoted! Dundee City A just missed out on the play-off`s and had some wonderful results along the way.

For all the results and standing visit the 4NCL website (link below).

4NCL website

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4NCL (Nations Chess League)
Dundee City teams are a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.

SEASON 5 – Division Four – Semi-Finals
Tuesday 3rd May 22 – 7:30pm

Time-Control: 45 minutes + 15 seconds increments

Congratulations to Dundee City C & D teams on reaching the semi-final stages of the division four title race. They both have already been promoted to division three. The rules for the semi-finals are a bit different and can be a bit more stressfully! You must have two computers, one for playing the game and the other for watching you playing the game! This is all part of the anti-cheating policy of the 4NCL. Their arbiter monitors all games with sound which can be off putting with dogs barking and kids running around! Both Dundee City teams managed to avoid each other in the semi-final draw!

DRAW

Jurassic Coast (1861) 2 – 2 (1580) Dundee City D

Up against a much stronger side, Dundee City D did themselves proud in getting a draw! Unfortunately in 4NCL rules (tie-break) all went the way of the higher graded team, Jurassic Coast who have qualified for the final. Congratulations to them and we wish them well in the final (well it all depends who they are playing!).

What a campaign for Dundee City D, especially the performance they put in for the semis. Jan Barron-Majerik, James Anderson, Ray Flood & Rishi Vijayakumar J10 left nothing in the tank to try and reach the final, but it was not to be this season. But remember they have gained promotion to division three (3) which was a fantastic achievement!

Sheffield Uni 70`s Graduates (1654) 1½ – 2½ (1865) Dundee City C

CELEBRATIONS COME ON! Congratulations to Dundee City C for reaching the division four final with a chance to claim the division four title! They have already gained promotion to division three (3), but this would be the icing on the cake! We had hoped they would be playing Dundee City D but not to be. Well played Alasatir Dawson, Dariusz Kosznik, Graham Mooney & Sir Philip Cohen against a very good side.

The final takes place on Tuesday 17th May 22 on Lichess.org and you can watch all the games as they unfold.

For all the results, standing and the links to watch the final matches, visit the 4NCL website by clicking the links below. The final links will not be up until about a half hour before the games are due to start.

Once again congratulations to both Dundee City teams, but especially Dundee City C for reaching the final.

COME ON DUNDEE CITY C!

4NCL website

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SEASON 5 – ROUND 7 (7 rounds in total)

Div 1 – Group D
Shropshire and Friends 2 (1869) 1½ – 2½ ( 2113) Dundee City A
Shropshire and Friends may have finished in 7th place but they did not play like that against Dundee City A! What a tight fighting match and what a performance by Dundee City A not only to win this match ( 3 draws and one win by Ed Spencer!), but to finish in 2nd place in group D, ahead of Scottish superstars “ALBA” who finished third! I would say the best performance/campaign Dundee City A has had. This really was an outstanding league campaign by Dundee City A! Group D winners Schach Attack on 13 points could only draw with Dundee City A in their round one match!

Div 2 – Group D
Dundee City B (1914) ½ – 3½ (2166) Barnet Knights A
On the night Dundee City B were out graded and out played by the better team simple as that! Great fighting chess by all players, especially Andre Babin on board 3 who stopped the white wash with a draw! Despite that loss it is still congratulations to Dundee City B on finishing in runners-up spot on 10 points, two behind group winners Barnet Knights A on 12 points. This means they are “PROMOTED” to division one next season! What an amazing achievement by Dundee City B! It will be tough in division one but that’s why you play chess!

Div 4 – Group B
Guildford Castles 2 (1673) 2½ – 1½ (1798) Dundee City C
Congratulations to Dundee City C who top group B in division one despite losing their last match against Guildford Castles 2! What can you say! What a stunning league campaign! Finishing top on 11 points, one ahead of Wessex Some Stars E, Dundee City C have qualified for the knockout section to decide who will be the division four champions! Not only that as they are promoted to division three! Top team, top players and one hell of a season 5 campaign!

 

Div 4 – Group D
Dundee City D (1605) 2 – 2 (1707) Plymouth 2
It just gets better and better as Dundee City D draw their last match to reach the knockout stages along with Dundee City C to decide who will be this season’s division four champions! They also finished top of the group after Streatham B lost their last match! To top it off, like Dundee City C, they are promoted to division three in the next campaign! Well played lads and what a nice finish by Ray Flood to win his match on board one!

Div 5 – Swiss
Crowthorne B (1149) 0 – 4 (1534) Dundee City D
You can`t ask better than that to finish off your league campaign with a convincing 4 – 0 victory. Yes grading wise that was the probably result, but many a banana skin has befallen a team in that position so well played! That fantastic result pushed Dundee City E into 3rd place in the league on 9 points (4 teams on 9 pts) with 19½ board points, meaning they finish ½ a board point above the other three teams! While no league title it is enough to gain promotion to division four! Outstanding league campaign by Dundee City E! Truly amazing results and performances to gain promotion!

 

What was achieved on the night? You could say, two wins, 1 draw, 2 losses yes, but put another way, four promotions to a higher division, one promotion to a higher group and still four teams in with a chance to become champions of their division. Wow! Now that is what you call out of this world!

 

The semi-finals take place on the 3rd May, draw’s still to be confirmed (below is the predicted draw based on the 4NCL guidelines which would mean bot Dundee City teams avoid each other in the semi`s, TBC). We will be there to support all Dundee City teams in their quest for division titles!

Semi-Final Draw (TBC)
Jurassic Coast v Dundee City D
Sheffield Uni 70`s Graduates v Dundee City C?

 

For all the results, tables, etc please visit the 4NCL website (link below).

4NCL website

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SEASON 5 – ROUND 6 (7 rounds in total)
Tuesday 5th April 22 – 7:30pm

Time-Control: 45 minutes + 15 seconds increments

What an incredible performance from all five of our teams with 4 winners and one draw! Can`t ask much more than that!

 

Div 1 – Group D – Dundee City A are only a point behind the leaders in group D but will need to win their last game and hope the leaders lose to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages! It was a close match against Stratham A in round 6 but last man standing Stephen Hogg pulled the win out of the bag again!

 

Div 2 – Group D – Dundee City B are only 2½ board points behind group D leaders Barnet Knight A with both on 10 match points. But the good thing is it’s in Dundee City B`s own hands as they play Barnet Knights A in the last match! The winner finishes top of group D to reach the knockout stage and a chance to win the division two title! I am sure if they finish 2nd in the group they will be promoted to division one! (will confirm ASAP!)

 

Div 4 – Group B – Congratulations to Dundee City C who finish top of group B with one match to spare! They have qualified for the knockout stage to become Division 4 champions! If I am correct they have also gained promotion to division 3 (will confirm ASAP)! What a performance this campaign by Dundee City C!

 

Div 4 – Group D – Dundee City D sit top of group D by ½ a board point from Streatham B (both on 9 points). They drew with them in round 6. Like Dundee City C it`s all in Dundee City D teams own hands, win 4 -0 against Plymouth 2 (in 4th place) and they finish top with a shot at the league title! Any other result and it will depend on how the other teams got on. If Dundee City D finish in 2nd place I am sure they are promoted to division three (will confirm). Squeaky bum time!

 

Div 5 – Swiss  – Dundee City E have had a very good campaign this season and sit in 6th place on 7 points, 4 points behind the leaders. I am not sure but mathematically it still may be possible for Dundee City E to reach a promotion spot? Will find out ASAP. Just win their last match by as big a score line as they can manage and you never know!

See 4NCL tab for matches, results and tables

Updated: 20/04/22

 

SEASON 5 (25th Jan 22 to 17th May 22)

SEMI-FINALS – DIVISION FOUR

  • 03/05/22: Jurassic Coast (1861) 2 – 2 (1580) Dundee City D (Match details)
  • 03/05/22: Sheffield Uni 70`s Graduates (1654) 1½ – 2½ (1865) Dundee City C (Match details)

Division One – Groups

  • Round 7: 19/04/22: Shropshire and Friends 2 (1869) 1½ – 2½ (2113) Dundee City A (Match details)
  • Round 6: 05:04:22: Dundee City A (2111) 3 – 1 (2001) Streatham A . (Match details)
  • Round 5: 22/03/22: Kent KJCA Kestrels B (1857) 0 – 4 Dundee City A. (Match details)
  • Round 4: 08/03/22: Dundee City A (2113) 2½ – 1½ (2081) Spirit of Aiticus A (Match details)
  • Round 3: 22/02/22: Wessex Some Stars C (1899) 1½ – 2½ (2113) Dundee City A (Match details)
  • Round 2: 08/02/22: Dundee City A (2113) 2 – 2 (2296) Alba (Match details)
  • Round 1; 26/01/22:  Schach Attack (2081) 2 – 2 (2156) Dundee City A (Match details)
  • League Division one & Group D table standings after 7 rounds “HERE

Division Two – Groups

  • Round 7: 19/04/22: Dundee City B (1914) ½ – 3½ (2166) Barnet Knights A (Match details)
  • Round 6: 05/04/22: Cornish Choughs (1895) 1 – 3 (1880) Dundee City B (Match details)
  • Round 5: 22/03/22: Dundee City B (1914) 3 – 1 (1794) Morriston Alekine (Match details)
  • Round 4: 08/03/22: Bude Reef Surfers (1948) 1½ – 2½ (1912) Dundee City B (Match details)
  • Round 3: 22/02/22: Dundee City B (1890) 1½ – 2½ (1898) Manchester Manticores (Match details)
  • Round 2: 08/02/22: Crewe AOL (1746) 1½ – 2½ (1894) Dundee City B (Match details)
  • Round 1: 25/01/22: Dundee City B (1916) 3 – 1 (1846) Ashfield Anonymous B (Match details)
  • League Division two and Group D tables after 7 rounds “HERE

Division Four – Groups – Two teams “C” & “D”

  • Round 7: 19/04/22: Guildford Castles 2 (1673) 2½ – 1½ (1798) Dundee City C (Match details)
  • Round 7: 19/04/22: Dundee City D (1605) 2 – 2 (1707) Plymouth 2 (Match details)
  • Round 6: 05/04/22: Dundee City C (1867) 4 – 0 (1398) Downend 2 (Match details)
  • Round 6: 05/04/22:Stratham B (1784) 1 – 3 (1605) Dundee City D (Match details)
  • Round 5: 22/03/22: Wessex Some Stars E (1700) 2 – 2 (1865) Dundee City C (Match details)
  • Round 5: 22/03/22: Dundee City D (1605) 3½ – ½ (1414) Wells Globetrotters 2 (Match details)
  • Round 4: 08/03/22: Dundee City C (1863) 4 – 0 (1144) MHJ Bishops (Match details)
  • Round 4: 08/03/22: Farnham B (1613) 1 – 3 (1605) Dundee City D (Match details)
  • Round 3: 22/02/22: Hebden Bridge 3 (1428) 1 – 3 (1735) Dundee City C (Match details)
  • Round 3: 22/02/22: Dundee City D (1605) 2 – 2 (1621) Oxford 4 (Match details)
  • Round 2: 08/02/22: Dundee City C (1862) 2½ – 1½ (1467) Lerryn Clowns (Match details)
  • Round 2: 08/02/22: War & Piece Banner (1398) 2 – 2 Dundee City D (Match details)
  • Round 1: 25/01/22: Bishop Knights (1356) ½ – 3½ (1856) Dundee City C (Match details)
  • Round 1: 25/01/22: Dundee City D (1605) 3 – 1 (1564) Colchester JFF A (Match details)
  • League division 4 Groups B & D tables after 7 rounds “HERE

Division 5 (Format: Swiss system 28 teams

  • Round 7: 19/04/22: Crowthorne B (1149) 0 – 4 (1534) Dundee City E (Match details)
  • Round 6: 05/04/22: Dundee City E (1534) 3 – 1 (1432) The Hemmel`s Gambit (Match details)
  • Round 5: 22/03/22: Cork B (1152) 3 – 1 (1538) Dundee City E (Match details)
  • Round 4: 08/03/22: Dundee City E (1538) 2 – 2 (1558) Bromley (Match details)
  • Round 3: 22/02/22: Watford Juniors B (1153) 0 – 4 (1534) Dundee City E (Match details)
  • Round 2: 08/02/22: Dundee City E (1517) 1½ – 2½ (1722) Worchester Wolfpack (Match details)
  • Round 1: 25/01/22: Manaccan Maulers (1147) 0 – 4 (1510) Dundee City E (Match details)
  • Final League table`s “HERE

Updated: 08/04/22

 

Season 5 (Thurs 20th Jan 22 to 14th April 22)
Division Two – Group A

  • Round 7: 14/04/22: Chess Challengers A v Dundee City Juniors (Match details)
  • Round 6: 31/03/22: Dundee City Juniors (576) 1 – 6 (441) Phones Juniors B (Match details)
  • Round 5: 17/03/22: Warwickshire Bears (1087) 4 – 4 (445) Dundee City juniors (Match details)
  • Round 4: 03/03/22: Dundee City Juniors (1047) 3½ – 4½ (1322) Surrey Kings 2 (Match details)
  • Round 3: 17/02/22:  Dundee City Juniors (569) 2 – 6 (1340) Wanstead Warriors A (Match details)
  • Round 2: 03/02/22:  KJCA Young Kestrels 4 (1228) 4 – 4 (676) Dundee City Juniors (Match details)
  • Round 1: 20/01/22: Dundee City Juniors (1050) 6 – 2 (1262) Uxbridge B (Match details)
  • League & Group A tables for round 6 “HERE