The first two rounds of the 4NCL season took place this weekend. Divisions 1 & 2 were held at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.
Playing on Board 1 for Division 1 team Oxford 1, IM Justin Tan faced two strong GMs and lost both games.
In Division 2, Anglian Avengers 1 drew 4-4 on Saturday, and won 4½-3½ today. Individually, Andrew Lewis scored 1½, Adam Taylor 1 (two draws), Ed Player 1 and David Spence ½.
Divisions 3 and 4 were held at a new venue, the Radisson Park Inn at Telford. This proved to be an excellent hotel, with spacious, clean facilities and friendly staff. Those who had dinner in the hotel enjoyed an excellent meal. Below is one of the two tournament rooms in the hotel:
In Division 3 (South), Anglian Avengers 2 drew 3-3 on Saturday, and won 3½-2½ on Sunday. Graham Moore scored 1, Steve Gregory ½, and Ian Wallis ½ (played only one game).
In Division 4, Iceni 1 lost narrowly on Saturday 2½-3½, but whitewashed the Barnet Knights 3 youngsters 6-0 today. Jon Collins scored 1½ and John Feavyour 1.
Iceni 2 played a triangular match, so the results were not known until today. They beat BCM Hippos 3½-2½, but lost to Oxford 3 by the score of 2-4. Peter Collicott scored 1½, Bob Jones 1 (two draws) and Vivian Woodward 0 .