Four Nations Chess League

The top two Divisions of the 4NCL kicked off at the West Bromwich Moat House on the weekend of November 23rd and 24th.

In Division 1, red-hot favourites Wood Green 1 are off to a flying start with two 7-1 victories. Their formidable team, headed by world ranked number 4 Michael Adams, saw off the challenges of South West Dragons and Wood Greenís own second team. Indeed in this second round match, it looked at one point as if an 8-0 whitewash was on the cards.

Barbican-4NCL 1 can also be delighted with their weekendís work. They managed to pull off a big surprise with a narrow win over the much-fancied Guildford-ADC 1 outfit. Barbicanís two weekend victories mean that their third round match up against Wood Green 1 in the January weekend will be a crunch encounter.

Also successful were Division 1 debutants Perceptron Youth and newly sponsored, both now standing just half a point behind the leading two teams.

Division 2 saw a lot of very tight matches and there is an early logjam at the top of the table. The leaders are Guildford-ADC 2 and last seasonís Division 3 champs, Warwickshire Select. They are closely followed by North West Eagles 1 and Numerica 3Cs 1.

The next 4NCL weekend will see all 4 Divisions competing at Telford on January 18th/19th 2003.

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