4NCL Daventry

Off we went for a lovely weekend to Daventry(nearest train station Rugby 12miles). Fortunately for us Round 1 starts at 2pm. The Four Nations Chess League (otherwise known as 4NCL) is a team tournament held at various venues throughout England. Gawain’s current team is Pride and Prejudice.

Round 1

Round 2

Gawain started his debut well with 2/2 beating GM Danny Gormally although Danny did play 1.e4 Ncb.. The game is below.

###pgn###[Event “4NCL P&P Cheddleton”] [Date “2010.11.”] [Round “1”] [White “Jones, G.”] [Black “Gormally, D.”] [Result “1-0”] [ECO “B00”] [WhiteElo “2575”] [BlackElo “2470”] [PlyCount “57”] 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bg4 5. Bb5 a6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. h3 Bh5 8. Qe2 e6 9. Bg5 Be7 10. g4 Bg6 11. h4 h5 12. gxh5 Bxh5 13. O-O-O d5 14. e5 Nd7 15. Rdg1 Kf8 16. Qe3 g6 17. Ne2 c5 18. Nf4 Ke8 19. Nxh5 Rxh5 20. Bxe7 Qxe7 21. Rg5 cxd4 22. Qxd4 Qc5 23. Qd2 Rxg5 24. hxg5 Rb8 25. Nd4 Rb6 26. Rh8+ Nf8 (26… Ke7 27. Qf4 Rxb2 28. Rh7 Rb1+ 29. Kxb1 Qb4+) 27. a3 Qe7 28. Nb3 Rc6 29. Kb1 1-0%%%pgn%%%

Ga did note that it’s unusual to play Kb1 and have your opponent resign.

The 4NCl is a great social event so we caught up with many people we hadn’t seen in a while and some we saw recently at the Olympiad.  We look forward to the next 4NCl that will be held at the Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Islandon the 15th & 16th of January.