The 4NCL season got underway last weekend with the 4th FIDE Congress in Bolton, Lancashire. Adam Taylor (Manningtree) played in the Open section, whilst John Peters (Bury St Edmunds) entered in the Major (u2000) section.
Adam was on 3 points after four rounds, but for some reason didn’t play in the final round. He gained 16 rating points from the tournament, taking his live rating to 2294. He needs a further six points to claim the FIDE Master title. John scored an unbeaten 3½ points from his five rounds to finish equal 2nd, winning £60. The 26 points gained takes his rating to 1978.
The main 4NCL season starts in November, with the first weekend being held on 14th and 15th. Divisions 1 and 2 will be held at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, whilst Divisions 3 and 4 (South) take place at the Park Inn, Telford.
Five Suffolk-based teams are planning to enter: Anglian Avengers 1 are in Division 2; Anglian Avengers 2 in Division 3; Anglian Avengers 3 and the two Iceni teams will be in the new Division 4. The former Division 3 South had become too unwieldy, with over 45 teams. The new Division 4 will have about 25 teams.
Respective captains are Ian Wallis (Anglian Avengers) and John Feavyour (Iceni). Any local player wishing to be included in the squads for either team should contact the captains (email me for details).