Four Suffolk players travelled to Wetherby in West Yorkshire at the weekend to take part in the 6th 4NCL Congress. All four played in the Open section (38 entries).
4th-seeded Ed Player finished in equal second place, losing only to the eventual winner, Martin Brown. Both players are pictured above in their top board Round 4 match.
David Spence, Steve Gregory and Nick Savage all finished on three points. Both Steve and Nick played (and lost to) Ed.
Ed won £100 for his efforts (probably barely covering entry fee, travel and accommodation!). He also gained 14 rating points to take his live rating to just short of 2200.
There were two other sections (u1900 and u130), attracting a total of 52 players. It’s surprising how few people entered, especially as the venue (the Mercure Hotel at Wetherby) was easily accessible to thousands of chess-players in the Midlands and North of England. The prize-money was good too, with £750 paid in each section.