4NCL (4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE)
Tuesday 24th August 21 – 7:30pm – Round One
Time-Control: 45 minutes + 15 minutes increments
(Dundee City is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.)
Well here we go again as our Dundee City teams take part in the 4th season of the 4NCL. That is one team more than in season three so I guess we are enjoying the format!
- Dundee City A – Division One – Group C – 4 qualifying groups in division with 8 teams in each group.
- Dundee City B – Division Three – Group C – 4 qualifying groups in division with 8 teams in each group.
- Dundee City C & D – Division Five – This is a Swiss league with 54 teams).
This was a tough opening round for all our teams with every one of them being out graded, some by a margin bigger than the Grand Canyon!
Kent KJCA Kestrels 1 2½ – 1½ Dundee City A
This was a close battle that could have gone either way. David Findlay got his almost customary draw on board one, Declan Shafi and Ed Spencer on boards 2 & 3 respectively both lost close matches, while on board 4 the ever reliable Stephen Hogg played a blinder to win his game. The standard in division one is very high indeed but our “A” team has proved they belong with the big guns!
Bude Surfers A 1 – 3 Dundee City B
What a result by Dundee City B against a side that was far stronger than them grading wise and also had the British and England chess legend Grandmaster John Nunn on board one! Board two also had John Nunn’s wife, Petra playing graded 2064!
Congratulations to Miguel Angel Prieto Alvarez (Bd 2); Andre Babin (Bd 3) and Euan Dawson (Bd 4) on fanatic wins against strong opponents to make it a great start to Dundee City B`s campaign for the play-off spots! Miguel had the pleasure of winning against John Nunn’s wife which was an unbelievable result!
Richard Kynoch on board one lost but to be fair he was playing Grandmaster John Nunn (2573)! What an honour to play a British Chess Champion, 3 times world champion in chess puzzles, gold medal winner in the Olympiad, grandmaster since 1978, chess author and one of the best ever chess players Great Britain, United Kingdom & Ireland, all the home nations have ever produced! Richard you came with a plan but John was having “Nunn” of it!
Now comes the hard part keeping it going but I think we have the players to do just that!
Dundee C 1 – 3 Hebden Bridge 1
Well this was a very hot welcome to game one against a side who massively out graded our team! The average team grades were; Dundee City C (1679) and Hebden Bridge 1 (2048)! Says it all to be fair. Dundee City C`s opponents had three 2000+ players and a 1928 player too hold them up! Still undaunted our players gave it their all and a big thumbs up to (Bd2) James Anderson (1630); (Bd3) Ray Flood (1623) and (Bd4) Leyton Hackney (1597), beaten but not defeated!
What can you say about Dariusz Kosznik (1867) on board one after his unbelievable win against Hebden`s top player Philip Cook, graded 2149! What a result! What a match! What the hell! Talk about living up to your nickname “Dariusz the Terminator”! (Well it is now!)
Hopefully Dundee City C will find easier opponents in the next round, but who ever they play, they will be the ones quaking in their boots!
Dundee City D 2 – 2 Charlton Cobra’s B
This was an evenly matched game grading wise but Dundee City D were still out graded on all four boards for their first ever match in the 4NCL! All four players played well and the result was in doubt right up to the last minute, second even! A draw was a fair result in the end and a very good start for our “D” team.
Euan Murray (1490) on board one is one of our most consistent and reliably players we have from Castlehill CC and for one so young a very experienced player. Board one is never easy but Euan showed his class and took the win!
Robert Jackson (1575) on board two is also a very experienced player and a tough competitor who never goes down without a fight. This time things just fell apart at the end with time ticking away faster than Usain Bolt!
Peter Sallai (1435) on board four lost but showed us glimpses of the talent we know he has. He will improve as he gains more experience at this level.
On board three is our very own junior wonder kid, Rishi Vijayakumar J10 (1497) who had a very tough and interesting match which at times looked to have gone away from him. Rishi on the other hand had it all under control (I hope?) and finished his opponent off in style! It was a great match to watch online!
Congratulations to all of our 4 teams and players in round one of 7 in season 4 of the 4NCL!
For all the results and standings so far checkout the 4NCL website “HERE”
Round two is on Tuesday 7th Sept 21: Bring it on!