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 have taken 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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15 June 2019

The dates and venues for the 2019-20 season of the Junior 4NCL have been published 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

Junior 4NCL
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29 April 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.