Over this weekend a total of 16 Suffolk players have been competing in Rounds 5 and 6 of the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL).
In Division 1, played in Northampton, IM Alan Merry faced two 2500+ rated GMs, losing one and winning the second. IM/WGM Dagne Ciuksyte won both her games against lower-rated opponents.
Anglian Avengers 1 lost both their matches and are now threatened with relegation to Division 2, having lost all six matches this season.
In Division 3, played in Telford, Anglian Avengers 2 won both matches and have now won all their matches so far this season. In Round 7 they will play the only other team with a perfect score. It’s looking increasingly likely that Anglian Avengers will have two teams in Division 2 next season!
Iceni 1, also playing in Division 3, drew both their matches. This was certainly an improvement as they had previously lost all their matches. In Round 7 they will face the only other team with a poorer record.
In Division 4, Anglian Avengers 3 lost one and won one, both by the narrowest of margins. Iceni 2 lost both their matches and slip to 19th place out of the 25 teams competing.
Individual scores out of two (Suffolk players only):
Andy Lewis 0
Adam Taylor 1
Ed Player ½
Graham Moore 1
Ian Wallis 1½
Steve Gregory 1
Silas Peck 2
Paul Botham 1
Tim Lunn 1
Keith Woodcock 0
Adam John 1
Jon Collins ½
Laurie Pott 1
Rory Goldsmith 0
The most notable results were the wins by 10-year old Adam John (131), who beat a 156-graded opponent, and rated 242 Elo points higher, and Laurie Pott (153), who beat Cambridge’s Rob McCorry, graded 178 and rated 196 points higher.