The 4 Nations Chess League

Round 1

Saturday 27th October 2007

Braille Chess Association 4 - 2 Metropolitan

1.

Colin Crouch (2353)

1-0

George Dickson (2168)

2.

Nicolas Noden (2171)

0-1

A. Tyson Mordue (2298)

3.

Chris Ross (2144)

1-0

Petr Vachtfeidl (2016)

4.

D. ian Calvert (2064)

1/2-1/2

Graham Lilley (2140)

5.

Stephen Hilton (1967)

0-1

Kieran Murphy (2033)

6.

Charlie Cooke (1845)

1/2-1/2

Norman Wragg (1835)

Report

B.C.A fielded its strongest ever team in the 4NCL this October with International Master Colin Crouch taking over the top board and with Graham Lilley making his debut in the tournament we have the talent to achieve great results this season. The match captain’s comments sum up the first week-end. Tyson Mordue writes:

The first two rounds of the 2007-8 4NCL season were held at the Paragon Hotel in Birmingham this weekend. The BCA team was Crouch, Mordue, Ross, Lilley, Hilton and Wragg, a formidable line-up when compared to any previous BCA side.

With an obviously stronger team we have our sights set on promotion this year but, despite our strong finish last season, BCA teams have never started new 4NCL campaigns particularly well. It was with bated breath we kicked off Round 1 against Metropolitan, a team we lost to in the corresponding round last season. The basic idea was that the top three boards should win and we would garner the decisive half-point lower down. Would this work?

It did! The top three boards all won as we beat Metropolitan 4-2, and we were then paired with Bristol 2 who had won their opening match 6-0! Nevertheless we ground them down with a solid performance, Crouch and Mordue both winning for 100% weekends while the other four games were drawn without any real concerns for our players..

So the BCA team will be near the top of the League table with 4 match points and 8 game points.
The Team were Colin Crouch IM, Tyson Mordue, Chris Ross, Graham Lilley, Steve Hilton and Norman Wragg.

Games

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/BCA VS. MET"]
[Site "Birmingham, ENG"]
[Date "2007.10.27"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Crouch, Colin"]
[Black "Dickson, George"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A70"]
[WhiteElo "2353"]
[BlackElo "2168"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2007.10.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "Metropolitan"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5
d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. h3 O-O 9. Nf3 b5 10. O-O b4 11. Ne2 Ba6 12. Bxa6 Nxa6
13. Qd3 Nc7 14. Nd2 Re8 15. Ng3 Rb8 16. Nc4 Nb5 17. Bf4 h5 18. Bg5 Qd7 19. f4
Nh7 20. Bh4 Bd4+ 21. Kh1 Bf6 22. Bxf6 Nxf6 23. f5 Kg7 24. Qf3 Qe7 25. Qf4 Nh7
26. a4 bxa3 27. bxa3 h4 28. a4 hxg3 29. axb5 Qxe4 30. Nxd6 1-0

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/BCA VS. MET"]
[Site "Birmingham, ENG"]
[Date "2007.10.27"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Noden, Nicolas"]
[Black "Mordue, A. Tyson"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A26"]
[WhiteElo "2171"]
[BlackElo "2298"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "2007.10.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Metropolitan"]
[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

1. c4 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 d6 4. Nc3 e5 5. e4 Nc6
6. Nge2 Be6 7. d3 Qd7 8. Nd5 f5 9. O-O Nge7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Qd2 Rf7 12. Rac1
Raf8 13. f3 Nc8 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. g4 Be6 16. d4 exd4 17. Nxd4 Bxd5 18. cxd5
Nxd4 19. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 20. Qxd4 Rf4 21. Qc3 R8f7 22. Rf2 Nb6 23. Qd3 Qa4 24. b3
Qd4 25. Rd1 Qxd3 26. Rxd3 Re7 27. Rc2 g5 28. Kf2 Kf8 29. Rd1 Ke8 30. Re2 Rxe2+
31. Kxe2 Ke7 32. h4 h6 33. hxg5 hxg5 34. Ke3 Kf6 35. Rd4 Ke5 36. Re4+ Rxe4+ 37.
fxe4 Nd7 38. Bf3 Nf6 39. a3 a5 40. b4 axb4 41. axb4 b5 42. Be2 Nxe4 43. Bxb5
Nf6 44. Bc6 Nxg4+ 45. Kd3 Nf6 0-1

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/BCA VS. MET"]
[Site "Birmingham, ENG"]
[Date "2007.10.27"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Ross, Chris"]
[Black "Vachtfeidl, Petr"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[WhiteElo "2144"]
[BlackElo "2016"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2007.10.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "Metropolitan"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. Qd2
O-O 6. Bh6 c5 7. Bxg7 Kxg7 8. e3 Nc6 9. Ne5 cxd4 10. exd4 Qb6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12.
Na4 Qc7 13. O-O-O Ne4 14. Qe3 Qa5 15. b3 Qb4 16. f3 Qa3+ 17. Kb1 Nf6 18. g4 Nd7
19. h4 h6 20. h5 g5 21. f4 f6 22. Qd3 f5 23. fxg5 hxg5 24. h6+ Kh8 25. gxf5 Nb6
26. Nc5 Bxf5 27. Qe3 Bxc2+ 28. Kxc2 Rf2+ 29. Kd3 Raf8 30. Qe5+ R8f6 31. Be2 Nc4
32. Qxg5 1-0

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/BCA VS. MET"]
[Site "Birmingham, ENG"]
[Date "2007.10.27"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "Calvert, D. Ian"]
[Black "Lilley, Graham"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A01"]
[WhiteElo "2064"]
[BlackElo "2140"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2007.10.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Metropolitan"]
[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 d6 3. e3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4
Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8. Nf3 Be7 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. O-O Ne8 11. Qd3 Bf6 12.
Bxf6 Nxf6 13. Nd4 Bd7 14. c4 Qe7 15. e4 Rfe8 16. Rae1 c5 17. N4f3 Bc6 18. e5
dxe5 19. Rxe5 Qf8 20. Rfe1 Rxe5 21. Rxe5 Re8 22. h3 b6 23. Qe3 Bxf3 24. Nxf3
1/2-1/2

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/BCA VS. MET"]
[Site "Birmingham, ENG"]
[Date "2007.10.27"]
[Round "1.5"]
[White "Hilton, Stephen"]
[Black "Murphy, Kieran"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E73"]
[WhiteElo "1967"]
[BlackElo "2033"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2007.10.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]
[BlackTeam "Metropolitan"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2
O-O 6. Bg5 Na6 7. Nf3 h6 8. Bh4 e5 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8 Rxd8 11. Bg3 Re8 12.
O-O-O Bg4 13. h3 Bxf3 14. gxf3 c6 15. Rhe1 Nh5 16. Bf1 Rad8 17. Ne2 Nc5 18. Kc2
Ne6 19. Rd3 Rxd3 20. Kxd3 Rd8+ 21. Kc2 Kf8 22. b4 Ke7 23. Rb1 Kd7 24. Rb3 Kc7
25. h4 Nd4+ 26. Nxd4 Rxd4 27. Ra3 a6 28. Rb3 f5 29. exf5 gxf5 30. b5 axb5 31.
cxb5 f4 32. Bh2 Bf8 33. bxc6 Kxc6 34. Bd3 b6 35. Be4+ Kc7 36. Rc3+ Bc5 37. Bg6
Nf6 0-1

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/BCA VS. MET"]
[Site "Birmingham, ENG"]
[Date "2007.10.27"]
[Round "1.6"]
[White "Cooke, Charlie"]
[Black "Wragg, Norman"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D35"]
[WhiteElo "1845"]
[BlackElo "1835"]
[PlyCount "96"]
[EventDate "2007.10.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Metropolitan"]
[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. cxd5
exd5 6. e3 c6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. Nf3 h6 9. Bh4 O-O 10. O-O Re8 11. h3 Ne4 12. Bxe7
Qxe7 13. Qc2 Nd6 14. Rae1 Nf6 15. Nd2 Qc7 16. f4 Bd7 17. Nf3 Qc8 18. Nd1 Bf5
19. Nf2 Bxd3 20. Nxd3 Nfe4 21. g4 Nc4 22. b3 Ncd6 23. Nfe5 f6 24. Ng6 Nf7 25.
f5 Nh8 26. Ngf4 Nf7 27. Ne6 Nd8 28. Nef4 Nf7 29. h4 Qd7 30. Ne6 Nd8 31. Ndf4
Nxe6 32. Nxe6 Qd6 33. Rf3 Kf7 34. Rd1 Rh8 35. Kg2 g5 36. Rh1 gxh4 37. Rxh4 Ng5
38. Nxg5+ hxg5 39. Rh5 Rxh5 40. gxh5 Rh8 41. Rh3 Rh6 42. Kf3 Qe7 43. Kg4 Kg7
44. Kf3 Kf7 45. Qd3 Qe8 46. e4 dxe4+ 47. Qxe4 Qxe4+ 48. Kxe4 Ke7 1/2-1/2

 

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