4NCL’s Division 3 (South) and Division 4 played this weekend at Wokefield Park, near Reading. Four Suffolk-based teams were competing, with two in each division. These teams included 16 Suffolk players.
The best results were by Anglian Avengers 2, who won both their matches (4½-1½ and 3½-2½) and now head Pool B in Division 3 (S) with four match points and eight game points. Individually, Steve Gregory won both games, Ian Wallis scored 1½, whilst both Graham Moore and Shaun Munson scored 1 point.
The other local team in Div 3, Iceni 1, suffered two defeats (2½-3½ and 2 – 4), with Paul Botham the best scorer on 1½ points. John Feavyour won one game, but both John Peters and Steve Ruthen failed to register a point.
In Division 4, Anglian Avengers 3 won one match (4½-1½) and narrowly lost one (2½-3½). Keith Woodcock scored 1½, whilst Silas Peck, Alex Sheerin and Alan John each won one game. Adam John had one draw.
Iceni 2 had an easy win on Saturday against Barnet Knights 3, but crashed 1 – 5 to top-rated team Oxford 2 today. Saxmundham’s Rory Goldsmith scored 1½ points, which included an excellent draw against a 166 graded opponent. Mike Usher scored 1 and Bob Jones had one draw.
Division 4 featured teams with substantial rating differences. Oxford 2 were relegated from Division 3 last season but have reinforced their squad for a team average rating of 2080. Only five of the 16 teams in Division 3 have higher team averages. At the other end of the scale Barnet Knights 3 and 4 averaged 1311 and 1263 respectively. Perhaps there should be a ceiling of, say, 1900 as the maximum average grade per team? There were four players in Division 4 with grades in excess of 200. Oxford 2’s top boards were graded 213 and 211.