The 4 Nations Chess League
2003 - 2004

Round 1

Saturday 22nd November
Cheddleton 5.5
– B.C.A. 05.

1. Robert Shaw (2319) 1-0 Chris Ross (2101)
2. Steven Burnell (1840) 0-1 Alan Smith (2251)
3. Carl Gorka (2112) 1-0 Bill Armstrong (1720)
4. Hans Cohn 0-1 David Buxton 92024)
5. Simon Gilmour (1912) 1-0 Norman Wragg (1552)
6. Steven Thacker (1432) ˝-˝ Yangshi Yu (1688)

Report

Considering there was a Swiss system adapted with the Division 4 of the 4NCL, we were paired with one of the stronger teams of the league, with the top half playing the bottom half.

We were heavily out-graded but our spirits were high. Unfortunately, Tyson Mordue had to withdraw from the selected team due to family circumstances.

Chris Ross put up a highly quality fight on top board and was tragically submitted to a lost in a won position when he refused a draw offer with his opponent about to lose on time. Chris, Perplexed by the draw offer, blundered badly to go down shortly after. His opponent didn
’t understand the opening, got himself in a horrible mess in the early middle-game and was outclassed in the later middle-game and end-game, only to scramble for a perpetual on the 7th rank when he was positionally busted. His cheap swindle at the end is embarrassing to say the least.

Steve Burnell blundered a vital center pawn in the early opening and was never really in the game. His attempt at counter-play was spirited but didn
’t lead to much against his opponent’s accurate and solid defence. The extra pawn was soon converted.

Bill Armstrong had a good fight in his game, but his opponent
’s gradual pressure on all sides of the board, with pawn advances in the center and on the king-side soon proved too much for Bill’s stubborn resistance.

Hans, once again, dropped a vital pawn in the opening and although he attempted to get counter play through the center, his pieces were never active enough to summon enough for the material disadvantage. His opponent played solidly, effectively and converted economically in the end-game.

Norman got himself in a theoretical nightmare in the opening, got positional weaknesses, which he was unable to compensate for with tactics, and was gradually ground down, finally to be mated in the middle of the board!

Steve thacker played resourcefully, dynamically and was able to convert a slightly worse position into the only half point the team managed to pick up, saving a complete white-wash result!

Steve showed tremendous courage to hold on once his king was forced to give up the right of castling, and then his position getting into all kinds of tangles, to hold with good knight verses bad bishop in the ending.

The hotel proved luxurious, efficient and the playing conditions were comfortable, spacious and very satisfactory.
Although there were problems with the travelling, all were able to meet up at Birmingham New Street and taxi it to the venue. The social aspect was very enjoyable and we look forward to playing in many more vents.

B.C.A. 4NCl captain

Games

4NCL round 1. Cheddleton 5.5 - B.C.A. 0.5

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[Event "4NCL/Div4/CHED vs. BCA"]

[Site "West Bromwich ENG"]

[Date "2003.11.22"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Shaw, Robert"]

[Black "Ross, Chris"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E16"]

[WhiteElo "2319"]

[BlackElo "2133"]

[PlyCount "79"]

[EventDate "2003.11.22"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. g3 d5 6. Bg2 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Ne5

Nbd7 9. Ndf3 dxc4 10. Qa4 c5 11. a3 Ba5 12. Nxc4 Bd5 13. Nxa5 bxa5 14. Bd2 Nb6

15. Qxa5 cxd4 16. Bg5 h6 17. Bf4 Qe7 18. Rfd1 Nc4 19. Qb4 Qxb4 20. axb4 Nxb2

21. Rxd4 Nc4 22. Ne5 Nb6 23. e4 Bb7 24. Nd3 Bc6 25. Nc5 Rfe8 26. Be5 Ng4 27.

Bc7 Rec8 28. Bd6 e5 29. Rdd1 Nc4 30. Bh3 Rd8 31. Bxg4 Nxd6 32. Be2 Bb5 33. Bxb5

Nxb5 34. Kf1 Nd4 35. Ra6 Rab8 36. Rxa7 Rxb4 37. Re7 f6 38. Ra1 Rc4 39. Raa7 Nc6

40. Rxg7+ 1-0

[Event "4NCL/Div4/CHED vs. BCA"]

[Site "West Bromwich ENG"]

[Date "2003.11.22"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Burnell, Steve"]

[Black "Smith, Alan A"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A40"]

[WhiteElo "1840"]

[BlackElo "2251"]

[PlyCount "64"]

[EventDate "2003.11.22"]

1. d4 b6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb7 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bxf3 6. exf3 Bxd2+ 7. Nxd2 Nf6

8. Bg2 d5 9. f4 O-O 10. O-O Nc6 11. Rc1 Nxd4 12. Re1 c5 13. cxd5 exd5 14. Nf1

a5 15. Re5 Ra7 16. Ne3 Nc6 17. Rg5 h6 18. Rxd5 Nxd5 19. Bxd5 Rd7 20. Qh5 Nd4

21. Rd1 Re8 22. Bc4 b5 23. Bf1 g6 24. Qxh6 Rxe3 25. Rxd4 cxd4 26. fxe3 d3 27.

f5 Qf6 28. fxg6 fxg6 29. Qh3 Rd8 30. Qg4 Kg7 31. Qd1 Qxb2 32. Bxd3 Qc3 0-1

[Event "4NCL/Div4/CHED vs. BCA"]

[Site "West Bromwich ENG"]

[Date "2003.11.22"]

[Round "1.3"]

[White "Gorka, Carl"]

[Black "Armstrong, William G"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B31"]

[WhiteElo "2112"]

[BlackElo "1720"]

[PlyCount "62"]

[EventDate "2003.11.22"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Nd7 8.

Be3 e5 9. Qd2 h6 10. g3 Qe7 11. Ne2 Nf8 12. O-O-O Ne6 13. c3 Bd7 14. d4 cxd4

15. cxd4 exd4 16. Nexd4 Rd8 17. Nb3 b6 18. Nh4 Bf6 19. f4 c5 20. Qf2 Ba4 21. f5

Rxd1+ 22. Rxd1 Bxb3 23. axb3 Bxh4 24. gxh4 Nd4 25. Bxd4 cxd4 26. Qxd4 O-O 27.

e5 Rc8+ 28. Kb1 Re8 29. fxg6 fxg6 30. Qe4 Qxe5 31. Qxg6+ Qg7 1-0

[Event "4NCL/Div4/CHED vs. BCA"]

[Site "West Bromwich ENG"]

[Date "2003.11.22"]

[Round "1.4"]

[White "Cohn, H."]

[Black "Buxton, David E"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A13"]

[WhiteElo "1592"]

[BlackElo "2024"]

[PlyCount "74"]

[EventDate "2003.11.22"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 g6 5. d4 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nbd2 Nbd7 8. Qc2

c6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. b3 Re8 11. Bb2 Rxe2 12. Rfe1 Rxe1+ 13. Rxe1 Nf8 14. Ne5 Bf5

15. Qd1 Qa5 16. a3 N8d7 17. f4 c5 18. Ndf3 cxd4 19. b4 Qc7 20. Bxd4 Rc8 21.

Nxd7 Nxd7 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. Qd4+ Nf6 24. Ne5 Qc3 25. Qe3 Ne4 26. Qxc3 Rxc3 27.

g4 Be6 28. Bxe4 dxe4 29. Rxe4 Rxa3 30. Nc4 Ra1+ 31. Kf2 Bxg4 32. Nd6 b6 33.

Ne8+ Kh6 34. Re7 Be6 35. Nc7 Ra4 36. Nxe6 fxe6 37. Rxe6 Rxb4 0-1

[Event "4NCL/Div4/CHED vs. BCA"]

[Site "West Bromwich ENG"]

[Date "2003.11.22"]

[Round "1.5"]

[White "Gilmore, Simon N"]

[Black "Wragg, Norman A"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C45"]

[WhiteElo "1912"]

[BlackElo "1552"]

[PlyCount "65"]

[EventDate "2003.11.22"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8.

c4 Ba6 9. b3 Nb6 10. Bb2 d5 11. exd6 Qxe2+ 12. Bxe2 cxd6 13. Bf3 Bb7 14. Nc3

Be7 15. O-O-O O-O-O 16. Ne2 Rhg8 17. Rhe1 g6 18. a4 Kc7 19. Nd4 Bg5+ 20. Kc2

Rge8 21. g3 h5 22. Bg2 Bh6 23. f4 Nd7 24. b4 Bf8 25. b5 Nb8 26. Bc3 Kd7 27. f5

Rxe1 28. Rxe1 d5 29. fxg6 fxg6 30. Bh3+ Kd6 31. Re6+ Kc5 32. Nb3+ Kb6 33. Ba5#

1-0

[Event "4NCL/Div4/CHED vs. BCA"]

[Site "West Bromwich ENG"]

[Date "2003.11.22"]

[Round "1.6"]

[White "Thacker, Steve M"]

[Black "Yu, Yangshi"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A34"]

[WhiteElo "1432"]

[BlackElo "1688"]

[PlyCount "91"]

[EventDate "2003.11.22"]

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 d5 5. d4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Qh4 d4 8. Nd1

Bb4+ 9. Kf1 d3 10. Bg5 dxe2+ 11. Nxe2 Ne5 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6 14. Ne3

Bc5 15. b3 Bxe3 16. fxe3 Ng4 17. e4 Ne3+ 18. Kf2 Nxg2 19. Kxg2 Ke7 20. Rad1 Bd7

21. Rhe1 h5 22. Nc3 Rac8 23. Rd3 Rc7 24. a4 a6 25. Kh3 Rc5 26. Kg2 Bc6 27. Kf2

Re5 28. Rde3 Rd8 29. h4 f5 30. exf5 Rd2+ 31. R1e2 Rxf5+ 32. Ke1 Rxe2+ 33. Nxe2

Rf3 34. Kd2 Rxe3 35. Kxe3 e5 36. a5 Kd6 37. b4 f5 38. Nc3 Bg2 39. Kf2 Bc6 40.

Ke3 Bd7 41. Nd5 Be6 42. Nb6 Kc6 43. Kf2 e4 44. Ke3 Kd6 45. Kd4 Kc6 46. Ke3

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