Final 4NCL Report - did we get promoted?!!
As you can see from my last blog post going into the final weekend in Division one Wood Green were favourites to take the title and they wrapped it up with a round to spare with a comfortable win over Cheddleton in round 10. Here's the board 1 clash from the encounter:
A nice game from the English number 1!
Elsewhere Guildford 1 won 2/3 matches to take 2nd but the stars of the weekend were White Rose 1 who won all 3 of their matches, including against Guildford, to take 3rd place! They beat a team comprising of 7GMs! Match card below:
|White Rose 1||2357||Guildford 1||2531|
|141||w||Jones, Gawain CB||g||2635||0 - 1||Short, Nigel D||g||2697|
|142||b||Wells, Peter K||g||2499||0 - 1||Edouard, Romain||g||2607|
|143||w||Palliser, Richard JD||m||2452||1 - 0||Stefanova, Antoaneta||g||2531|
|144||b||McNab, Colin A||g||2438||1 - 0||Smerdon, David||g||2512|
|145||w||Gourlay, Iain||f||2351||1 - 0||Conquest, Stuart C||g||2509|
|146||b||Townsend, M Paul||2255||½ - ½||Kosten, Anthony C||g||2492|
|147||w||Weller, Jean-Luc||2282 j||1 - 0||Plaskett, H James||g||2480|
|148||b||Flint, Martina||w||1946 c||0 - 1||Camacho Collados, Marcos||2422|
|4½ - 3½|
Now to Division 2: The division was won comfortably by AMCA Dragons but the fight for the other 3 promotion spots was fierce! We had to win all 3 of our matches to be sure of promotion and that's exactly what we did. I scored 2.5/3 (which I was pleased with) and I may do another update on my own games at a later date but for this weekend I played on board 2 below a wildcard addition to the team, a junior from the Netherlands - GM Robin Van Kempen. In round nine he finished off his game with a nice tactic. See if you can solve the puzzle: