4NCL - 2017-18 Review...

3Cs 2 and 3Cs 3 - Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) - Season 2017 - 18

This season, in addition to our first team of eight players, who play in Division 1, we once again entered two teams, of six boards each, in the 4NCL North Div. 3 under the 3Cs banner. The purpose of our 3rd team is to provide experience for some of our players who are keen to play but would not be able to command a regular place on our higher teams. But fielding three teams has proved a stretch and we've been grateful to be able to include some "guest" players from other clubs to keep the third team viable.

After the third weekend, 3Cs 2 were tied in first place with Gonzaga, an Irish team. Unfortunately at the fourth weekend we lost a match we should have won against Gonzaga and could only draw against Bradford A.

Entering the fifth 'long' weekend (three rounds over the May Bank Holiday weekend), 3Cs 2 were in second place behind Gonzaga, but with Cheddleton 2 and Shropshire 1 breathing down our necks. Wins in rounds 9 and 10 would have practically ensured that we would gain the second promotion slot.

Unfortunately, player availability was a huge problem this time. 3Cs 1 had "dibs" on a couple of players; some of our strongest players could not commit to playing all three rounds; others could not play at all due to exams. We won one and lost two of the final three matches and finished in joint fourth place. The ‘dark horses’ Bradford A sneaked into the second promotion spot (on tie-break from Shropshire 1), having beaten Bradford B in the final round!

3Cs 3 found the going very tough at the first few weekends, where the particular pairing system that was in use placed them up against some much stronger teams. But in the end we finished a creditable 15th out of 20 teams, and in the final round we (average rating 1574) inflicted a memorable 4-2 victory over Manchester Manticores 3 (average rating 1826)!

I think there are two main issues for us to consider for next season:

1) I know some of us are keen to gain promotion for 3Cs 2 to division 2, but for that we might need more of our strong players to commit to playing in the majority of the matches, and especially the final long weekend; it would also be useful if a few more of our strong 3Cs 'old boys' were willing to help us, by playing at least the odd weekend, or even just the odd round. Next season there will be three weekends in Bolton (including the final 'long' one) and two in Doncaster - dates at http://www.4ncl.co.uk/1819_dates.htm

2) if we wish to retain a third team in the 4NCL North, we are likely to continue to need some help from outside the club for at least one more season, until more of our next ‘wave’ of 3Cs juniors are strong enough for us to ensure that playing in the 4NCL will be a positive experience for them.

Finally a sincere thank-you to everyone who played, transported or supported our teams this season!

Phil Adams - Captain, 3Cs 2 and 3Cs 3 4NCL teams

Below are the individual results for each player who has represented 3Cs in the 2017-18 4NCL

Player Title Nat. Grade FIDE Played Won Draw Lost Total %
Gordon, Stephen J g ENG 242 2529 9 7 2 0 7.5 78%
Libiszewski, Fabien g FRA 250 2500 4 2 0 2 2.0 50%
Horton, Andrew P f ENG 235 2393 9 3 4 2 5.0 55%
Ashton, Adam G f ENG 229 2364 11 4 3 4 5.5 50%
Longson, Alexander f ENG 222 2321 11 3 5 3 5.5 50%
Abbas, Daniel f ENG 226 2299 4 1 2 1 2.0 50%
Guichard, Pauline wg FRA 2263 2 1 0 1 1.0 50%
Sandu, Mihaela wg ROU 2240 2 0 1 1 0.5 25%
Clarke, Stuart W f ENG 209 2239 8 5 1 2 5.5 69%
Congiu, Mathilde wi FRA 212 2229 7 4 1 2 4.5 64%
Reeve, Andy K ENG 200 2088 11 5 6 0 8.0 73%
Horton, Jamie A ENG 200 2189 6 2 3 1 3.5 58%
Walton, Alan J c ENG 201 2154 11 2 5 4 4.5 41%
Bentley, John L ENG 199 2151 10 5 1 4 5.5 55%
Adams, Philip ENG 193 1998 11 4 6 1 7.0 64%
Burton, Graham P ENG 190 1979 7 2 2 3 3.0 43%
Burke, Mitchell R ENG 185 1980 5 4 1 0 4.5 90%
McLean, Robert ENG 180 1913 5 2 1 2 2.5 50%
Hazlehurst, Cory S ENG 178 1862 6 4 2 0 5.0 83%
Rita, Joao ENG 178 1976 6 1 3 2 2.5 42%
Darwen, David ENG 165 6 1 2 3 2.0 33%
Taylor, Mike ENG 165 4 1 3 0 2.5 63%
Sheppard, Daniel C ENG 162 3 2 1 0 2.5 83%
Denisov, Seny D ENG 161 1806 6 0 0 6 0 0%
Tebelev, Michael ENG 154 1822 3 1 2 0 2.0 66%
Ye, Kevin ENG 151 1628 11 5 2 4 6.0 55%
Harman, George ENG 140 1505 10 2 3 5 3.5 35%
Denisov, Denis ENG 135 1566 6 2 4 0 2.0 33%
Smith, Len ENG 133 1 0 1 0 0.5 50%
Doherty,Paul ENG 133 3 2 0 1 2.5 83%
Griffiths, Gareth NR ENG 131 4 0 2 2 1.0 25%
Abbas, Ahmed C ENG 127 1614 5 3 1 1 3.5 70%
Moorcroft, Karl ENG 125 2 0 0 2 0 0%
Rigby, Stephen ENG 123 1 0 1 0 0.5 50%
Gardiner, Ethan ENG 106 1 0 0 1 0 0%
McGee, Peter ENG 87 5 1 0 4 1.0 20%
Harman,Daryl ENG 42 2 1 0 1 1.0 50%

7 May 2018

In the opening matches of the final 4NCL weekend of 2017-18 a comprehensive 6-2 win for the 3Cs' first team against Alba ensured they will be again playing in Division 1 next season even with two games still to play of the current campaign. Their other two matches of thbe weekend then saw a defeat by West is Best and a victory over Blackthorne Russia

Unfortunately some of our regular second team players were unable to play for all three days of the final weekend and two defeats saw the team miss out on promotion from Division 3 North. However our third team, having lost on the Saturday, then produced two unexpected wins to finish in 15th position - their highest ever place.

The photos show our second team (left) with (l-r) Mike Taylor, Joao Rita, Phil Adams, Mitchell Burke, Andy Reeve and our third team in action on the right showing (l-r) Daryl Harman, Ahmed Abbas, Paul Doherty, George Harman, Kevin Ye.

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18 March 2018

An unbeaten start for 3Cs on the first day of the current 4NCL weekend - Our first team defeated The Ads 6.5 - 1.5, while the second team drew against Bradford Knights A. Our third team thought they had gained an excellent 3-2 victory against Shropshire 2 who had defaulted a board due to a player not arriving at the venue. (A default not only gives a win to the opposing player but the team are also deducted one game point). However, the 4NCL heirachy then decided that, due to the bad weather throughout the country, any points deductions would not apply that weekend, which therefore caused the 3Cs 3 game to be drawn at 3-3.

Despite their win, 3Cs 1 finished in 5th place of their Division 1 group and thus went into the Demotion Division for the end-of-season play-offs. However, with the points they carried forward from the first part of the season, they began the play-offs at the top of their group and seem almost certain of retaining their place in Division 1 next season (ie Of the 8 teams in the Demotion Division, the teams who finish in the bottom four places will be relegated to Division 2).

They further enhanced their chances of staying in the top division with a 5-2 win in their first play-off game against Cambridge University on Sunday while their nearest rivals all faltered leaving 3Cs 1 clear at the top of their group.

3Cs 2, starting the weekend in second place in Division 3 North, had tough fixtures against the sides in 1st and 3rd position. Saturday's draw against Bradford was followed with their first loss of the season, a 4-3 defeat against league leaders Gonzala. However, they still maintain second place in the division.

Our third team again put on a good display on Sunday and despite having a player short due to illness (no points deducted) they just went down 3.5 - 2.5 to Bradford Knights B.

The photo on the right is of 3Cs 3 about to start their match against Shropshire 2. The team (named from furthest away) was Gareth Griffiths, Denis Denisov, George Harman, Kevin Ye, Seny Denisov, David Darwin.

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11 February 2018

Having defeated Barbican 1 in the first of this weekend's 4NCL Division 1 matches, the 3Cs' 1st team (including 6 products of the club's youth system) lost to a Guildford side containing a full team of 8 Grandmasters. Praise goes to Jamie Horton who drew against former womens' World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova.

In Division 3 North, 3Cs 2 maintained their 100% record with another two wins while the 3rd team, haviong lost on Saturday, produced an excellent result with a draw on Sunday against an Ashfield-Breadsall 2 team who had an average of over 100 FIDE points per player over 3Cs.

The photos show lots of thought going into their games by Joao Rita of 3Cs 2 (left) and the entire 3Cs 3 team (right).

14 January 2018 ..... 3Cs in action at the 4NCL

Photos of matches played by 3Cs 2 and 3Cs 3 at the 4NCL (Four Nations Chess League).

Left .... Kevin Ye, who produced the best individual result of the weekend by defeating an opponent more than 300 rating points above him.

Centre .... If you're good enough then age is irrelevant ! The 3Cs' youth policy is highlighted with Seny Denisov, George Harman and Peter McGee all facing much older opposition.

Right .... The Master and his pupils ! Phil Adams (centre) plays alongside Mitchell Burke (nearest camera) and Cory Hazlehurst, both of whom are products of the 3Cs' youth system.

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