Junior 4NCL ...

The Junior 4NCL (Four Nations Chess League) is a national event for teams of young players throughout the country and takes place during three weekends throughout the season.

For the 2018-19 season 3Cs took another step forward and entered a team into the Junior 4NCL for the first time.

However, as several of the club's young players have previous played for Manchester in the competition the club allowed them to continue doing so for the first weekend of this season's competition while instead forming a team comprising of their very youngest members so as to give them an early opportunity of competitive chess.

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The dates and venues for the 2019-20 season of the Junior 4NCL are as shown below.

Sat/Sun 5 - 6 Oct Country Hotel, Basingstoke
Sat/Sun 18 - 19 Jan Holiday Inn, Normanton
Sat/Sun 15 - 16 Feb Mercure Hotel, Daventry

6 October 2019

The 3Cs' squad for the first weekend of the 2019-20 Junior 4NCL, coached by Crystal Ashton, is Alannah Ashton, Lucas Chan, Hunain Malik, Ben Newton and Tim Ye.

On the first day of the weekend 3Cs gained 3-1 wins against both Desert Penguins B and Chess in Schools 2 but lost 1.5 - 2.5 versus Barnet Knights 5 and with Lucas Chan winning all three of his games.

3Cs won their fourth game 3.5 - 0.5 against Barnet Knights 2 but lost their last match 1-3 versus Welsh Dragon Green and therefore have 6 points and are currently 7th (out of 24) in Division 2.

Details of the Junior 4NCL including the results can be found on the event website via the following link .

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2019-20 Division 2 Teams

1 3Cs Charmanders
2 Barnet Knights 1
3 Barnet Knights 2
4 Barnet Knights 3
5 Barnet Knights 4
6 Barnet Knights 5
7 Berkshire Bishops 2
8 BJC 1
9 BJC 2
10 Chess In Schools 2
11 Desert Penguins B
12 Guildford Giants
13 Manchester
14 Ojays A
15 Ojays B
16 Ojays C
17 Petts Wood & Orpington
18 St.Albans Early Knights
19 Sleepless Knights 2
20 Watford A
21 Watford B
22 Warwickshire Bears
23 Welsh Dragons Blue
24 Welsh Dragons Green

Junior 4NCL

1 October 2018

3Cs are in Division 2 of the Junior 4NCL and are by far the least experienced of all the competing sides in the league. However, the team - named the 3Cs' Charmanders - all contributed to a worthwhile venture for the club, including an outstanding victory against a side more than 35 FIDE points on average above them.

Shown above are the first-ever 3Cs' team in the Junior 4NCL along with their Charmander mascot ...
(l-r) Tim Ye, Alannah Ashton, Ben Newton, Lucas Chan.

For the benefit of the older generation, a Charmander is one of the characters in the Pokemon series.

29 April 2019 - 2018-19 season

The first season for the 3Cs' Charmanders in the Junior 4NCL certainly proved to be another successful step forward for the club, giving several of our youngest players the opportunity to take on quality opposition from around the country and of playing in a highly competative environment.

The 3Cs' team were among the youngest in the competition yet performed with great distinction, winning 4 and drawing 5 of their 15 matches.

23 January 2018 - 2017-18 season

Several of our 3Cs' young players appeared for Manchester in last weekend's Junior 4NCL event. Five games were played over the two days against teams from all over the country with every one of our five players recording at least one win. The 3Cs' players were Edward Correa, Rebecca Correa, Alex Gardiner, Ethan Gardiner and Rachel Horton.

23 April 2018 - 2017-18 season

3Cs' Rachel Horton, Edward Jackson and brothers Alex and Ethan Gardiner represented Manchester at the final Junior 4NCL weekend of the season which was played at the Park Inn, Telford. As well as the five rounds of matches played during the weekend there were also coaching sessions for the youngsters given by International Master Andrew Martin.