JUNIOR 4 NCL
(This is a joint venture between Castlehill CC and Dundee CC)
Thurs 1st April 21
Division Three – Group B – 6pm
JHJ Shark Tank 2 (4 – 4) Dundee City Juniors
(Dundee City Juniors win 4 – 3 see report below)
Dundee City Juniors where massively out graded and looking down the barrel of a smoking gun! This could have been a drubbing, but fortune was on the junior’s side. Before the match started one of the Shark Tanks players could not play for na unfortunate rule infringement. Dundee City junior’s captain Declan Shafi offered to go ahead with the game anyway, but the organisers said no (fair enough).
That meant we were 2-0 up already, but Josh (board 2) was the player that missed out! On board one Max Whisson J15 played a blinder in both his matches and won 2-0 giving Dundee City Juniors at least a draw! Fantastic chess from Max, who seems to be making significant strides in his chess development over the last year. Well played Max!
Dundee City Juniors only needed a ½ point to win the match but unfortunately both our bottom board juniors were not only out graded, but are both only 9 years old and still at the beginning of their chess learning! Yes both Noah Dickson J9 (board 3) and Haoqi Liu J9 (board 4) lost both their matches. They made a fight of it especially Noah, but their opponents just had too much in the tank. Having said that there were some good signs in the why they both played under those circumstances!
That meant the match finished a draw 4 – 4, which given the grades was an unbelievable result! But it turns out the infringement of the Junior 4NCL rules by the JHJ Shark Tank 2, incurred a minus 1 point penalty and the score line was altered to 4-3 to Dundee City Juniors. We won the match (good), but not the way we would have liked and while a rule may have been broken accidentally, Dundee City Juniors would rather have won or lost in battle and not a technicality. Apologies to JHJ Shark Tank 2, but the decision was not of our making.
Having said that congratulations to Dundee City Juniors on a fine win. Well played Haoqi, Noah and especially Max! Unlucky Josh not to get a official game.
That win puts Dundee City Juniors in 4th place in division 3; group B on 7 points, 5 points behind the leaders Barnet Knights A on 12 points.
Our last opponents in round 7 of the qualifying section are MCS Tenners A (4pts), in 5th place. I don’t think Dundee City Juniors can qualify for the semi-final stages, but the experience of playing in this type of competition will be invaluable for their chess development so in that respect a resounding success!
For all the results, standings and games, please visit the 4NCL website (link below).