A total of 17 Suffolk players travelled to Northampton and Reading for the third weekend of the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL).
Five Suffolk-based teams are involved, with Anglian Avengers playing in Divisions 2 and 3, whilst Iceni have three teams in Division 4.
Anglian Avengers 1, in Division 2, lost their first match 3 – 5, but won today with a convincing 5½-2½ scoreline. Ed Player was top Suffolk scorer on 1½ points, with Ian Wallis on 1/2 and Andy Lewis winning his only game today. Other scores were Graham Moore ½/1, Silas Peck ½/2 and Steve Gregory 0/2.
Anglian Avengers 2, in Division 3, crashed 0 – 6 to league leaders Barnet Knights 1 on Saturday, but managed a respectable 3 – 3 draw today. David Brown and Alex Sheerin both achieved one draw from their two games, but Keith Woodcock returned home empty-handed.
Iceni are desperate to achieve promotion for one of their teams and went into this weekend with Iceni 1 on maximum points. Another win on Saturday saw them temporarily assume top spot, but they fell to a narrow defeat today to finish on 10 points out of a possible 12. All three Suffolk players in their team were undefeated over the weekend, with John Feavyour and Paul Botham both on 1½ points, and Steve Ruthen on one point (two draws).
Iceni 2 had the best results for the weekend, winning both their matches. They now have the same number of points as their first team, and are equal on game points. A fixture clash between the two teams seems likely for Round 7. For their team, Malcolm Lightfoot scored 1½ points and Jaden Jermy ½ point.
Iceni’s third team had two convincing results, one in favout and one against. Rory Goldsmith scored 1/2, and Dominic Carter lost both games.
Rounds 7 and 8 for Divsion 2 take place in Reading on 17/18 March for Division 2, and on 24/25 March, also in Reading for Divisions 3 and 4.