End of Season Report

posted Jun 3, 2018, 1:29 PM by Phil Morgan

4NCL Report 

Here is the report of our 2017/18 4NCL Season in Division Three(North).

There were five weekends – two at Doncaster and three at Bolton.  The League was dominated, not surprisingly, by the Irish Champions Gonzaga who finished with 21/22. Gonzaga were extremely unlucky in 2016/17 to lose out to Manchester Manticores 1 and Manx Liberty.  The latter, bolstered by even more grandmasters won the Division 2 Championship with 14/14 and now go on to challenge Guildford’s dominance of Division One.  Manchester meanwhile performed poorly but at least didn’t have to play in a relegation pool.

The second promotion spot from our League was a dogfight between several teams and whilst Ashfield-Breadsall 1 were never in the mix to go up, our Round Ten and Round Eleven results were pivotal in deciding the final positions. In Round Ten we were brushed aside 5½-½ by Bradford Knights “A” – the result not reflecting a match where we had three of the last four games in play. In Round Eleven we faced Shropshire 1 who had already reached 16/20 – a Shropshire win would certainly have seen them through but the Salopians were defeated by 3½-2½ with Alex Combie winning the deciding game – the last game of the Division to finish. With third placed 3C’s2 losing to Cheddleton, Bradford came up on the ropes to finish with another win and draw level with Shropshire on 16/22 outpointing them on board average by 40 to 38.

Ashfield-Breadsall 1 finished 6th with 13/22 and 38½ game points. This is one point and one place better than last season. However it should be said that the Division was weaker than last year and included in the points total were two 6-0 wins.  We were hampered by an inability to turn out our top players – Louis moved to London at the start of 2018, Esteve didn’t play at all because of a (non chess-playing) injury whilst Paul and Glenn managed just three games between them. These were the players who I would have expected to be playing the upper boards and there is no doubt they were missed.  Andy Walker had to step in and play  Board One for all six games at Bolton, an honour I’m sure he wasn’t expecting.  There were, however, two exceptional and outstanding results for the team  - Alex Combie scored 8/10 (+8 -2) and Mike Naylor 8/11 (+6 =4 -1), Alex in particular keeping us entertained with his clock management when he, usually, seemed to be working on 30 second increments.  Everyone else put in a shift and there were plenty of good individual results along the way.

It was a very disappointing season for Ashfield-Breadsall 2 who finished 17th out of twenty teams with 7/22 which was worse than last year.  Whilst the Division was weaker at the top, the lower reaches certainly strengthened up from 2016-17 and this was reflected in results with only 23½ game points obtained. Again there was one player who made a substantial contribution to the total in Dave Flynn with 7/11 (+4 =6 -1). None of the remaining players who made up the usual team (Bob, myself, Maurice, Armaan & Terry) managed to reach 50%.

Can I now move on to Team Management issues?  The squad was certainly weakened with the withdrawal of Derek Jarvis who has been a regular and ever present since we began. It was clear that we needed reinforcements by the time Week 3 had arrived and I’m indebted to Terry Lavelle who stepped in and bolstered the squad. In addition we had to use three wild cards and again can I thank Nigel Wright, Pete Mercs and Andy George for their assistance in playing.  As well as this, Somton, who was nominated reserve, also had to play some games when he would have been expecting to be sitting out and watching Anita. Can I remind everyone that there is a £1.50 match fee per game – if I’ve not caught you yet please get in touch and I’ll advise on methods of payment to reimburse me!! 

Finally I have been in touch with Mike Truran and I’m sorry to say that we can’t slot back into Division Three(South) when we re-enter the South Divisions at Daventry next season. Both teams will have to start in Division Four (South). For our first team this will mean we must strengthen up to get back into the Third Division – for the second team some easier opponents but lots of undergraded juniors to play.  I’ll be in touch in due course.  Dates for next season are here :-   http://www.4ncl.co.uk/1819_dates.htm       so mark them in now!














Final Weekend 5-7 May

posted May 7, 2018, 5:42 AM by Phil Morgan

Previous round  was affected by snow. This week-end was the hottest May Day Bank Holiday since 1999.

Saturday 5 May

Jorvik - AB1      0.5 -4.5   Our team, average grade 2020, trounced Jorvik, average grade 1945. Wins fro Paul Madden on top board, Alex Combie, Andrew Walker and John Garnett. Mike Naylor added a draw.

Shropshire 2 - AB2  2.5-3.5  Draws from Andy George, Bob Taylor and Neil Graham and victory sealed by the 2 lower board wins from Maurice Hill and Terry Lavelle.

Sunday 6 May

AB1 - Bradford DCA Knights A  0.5- 4.5 Our first team landed down to earth with a bump Mike Naylor's draw was all we got to show.

AB2 - Jorvik 2-4 A creditable team defeat included a good win for Armaan Googia and fine draws from Dave Flynn and Maurice Hill, our Nomads contingent.

Week-end 4, 17+18 March

posted Mar 18, 2018, 5:38 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 3:29 AM ]

This weekend at Bolton coincided with the Return of the Beast from the East with Snow causing some disruption to team plans

Saturday, 17 March

AB1 , average grade 1991 played Castleford Roses, average grade 1646 and duly dispatched them 6-0

AB2, average grade 1776, played Manchester 2, average grade 1979, and managed 3 good draws by Dave Flynn, Neil Graham and Terry Lavelle in a 4.5 - 1.5 defeat. Bob Taylor lost to former Ashfield clubmate Richard Webster, who now plays for Manchester and Calderdale teams.

Sunday, 18 March

AB1, average grade 1957, played Manchester 2, Av. grade 1981 and trounced them! Wins for Mike Naylor, Alex Combie (v. Richard Webster) and John Garnett were backed up by 3 solid draws. Result 4.5 - 1.5

AB2, av. grade 1760, played Castleford Roses, av. grade 1646. AB defaulted a board but draws on the top 2 boards by Somton Ukken and Neil Graham and wins from Bob Taylor, Maurice Hill and Terry Lavelle secured victory. Result 4-2

Neil -" Could I thank everyone for turning up at Bolton this weekend.  Hopefully it will be our last weekend here!  This venue hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us so I was pleased to come away with six points.  Can I deal with the weather sitiuation. It’s clear now that the conditions for David and Steve who were to travel on Sunday were atrocious – it was comparatively clear at Bolton and on the journey back but easily the worst road conditions we found were around Mansfield!  I had stood our two players down late on Saturday night when I received an e-mail that Bradford were going to default a number of boards on Sunday – their players had taken four hours to get back over the M62.  As AB-2 were drawn against Bradford “C” I expected a win on default and an early exit for home from us.   However it was not to be and I found on Sunday morning about 9.45 that a whole Bradford team (6 players) weren’t turning up and that we had been re-paired against Castleford Roses. The result of all this was that I had to ask Somton to play and unfortunately because of the 80pt rule he had to be on Board 1 (Dave having moved up to AB-1).  Anyway it all turned out to the good. This is a longer missive than usual as I everyone had gone home when I returned from analysing my game. So thanks again – I will circulate about Rounds 9-11 at the start of next month.  Finally let’s spare a thought for Enniscorthy – the Irish team were on the Dublin-Holyhead ferry and because of the awful winds it attempted to dock three times at the Welsh port; a fourth attempt failed and it turned round and went back to Ireland – and we thought we had it bad."
Neil went on to congratulate Alex Combie for his marvellous achievment of 6 wins at Bolton. Well done, Alex, who is also playing a sterling role for the Notts Correspondence Team.

Week-end 3 10-11 Feb

posted Mar 18, 2018, 5:28 AM by Phil Morgan

AB1  had a  triangular match with Manchester 3 and Holmes Chappell, playing opponents from both clubs on each day. At the end of the week-end they emerged with a 3-3 draw against Manchester, with wins by Alex Combie and Richard Truman. They were edged out 3.5 - 2.5 by Holmes Chappell, despite a win for Alex Combie and draws for Anita Somton, Dave Flynn and Richard Truman

AB2 played the very strong Gonzaga team on Saturday, and lost 5.5 - 0.5. There was an excellent draw on top board for Steve Burke against FM Pall Thorarinnson. 

On the Sunday they drew 3-3 with lower- rated 3Cs 3, despite wins for Dave Flynn and Armaan Googia..

Week-end 2 13-14, January

posted Feb 10, 2018, 11:50 AM by Phil Morgan

Saturday , Round 3

Cheddleton 2 v AB1          3.5 - 2.5

Despite wins for Alex Combie and Mike Naylor and a draw for Anita Somtom , our first team were edged out in a closely matched game.

Manchester Manticores 3 v AB2      4-2

Draws for Somtom Ukken, Bob Tayloor, David Flynn and Nigel Wright on his 4 NCL debut

Sunday, Round 4

AB2  v 3 Cs 2             0.5 - 5.5

A good draw on top board for John Garnett was the only consolation against strong opposition.. AB2 will also be deducted a game point for defaulting a board.

AB1  v 3 Cs 3            6- 0

Our first team won, as they should have done against weak opposition

Week-end 1 11/12 November

posted Nov 12, 2017, 1:17 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

Week-end 1
As last season Ashfield-Breadsall is fielding 2 teams in Division 3 North of the 4 NCL. There are 20 teams in the Division.Games are played over 6 boards. The strength of teams can be gauged by the team's Average FIDE rating, a figure which is shown on match scores. In Round 1 AB 1's average rating was 1989. Six teams fielded sides with an average rating above 2000. AB 2's average rating was 1858. 5 teams in the division had a rating below 1800. By this rough yardstick, AB1 will be aiming to be in the top third of the table. AB2 will be aiming to stay above the bottom third.
The first week-end was played at the Holiday Inn, Doncaster. The League has 11 rounds played over 5 week-ends.

Round 1

Shropshire 2   (AR 1777)  v  AB 1   (AR 1989)         Result 2-3
A win but probably an under-par performance. Our top 3 boards conceded draws to lower-graded players. We had the bottom boards, Dave Flynn and Mike Naylor to thank for the win.

Bradford DCA Knights A   AR 2057 v  AB 2  AR 1858  Result 4.5- 1.5
Our second team had a tough first round draw. The result was pretty much in line with the grading disparity. Richard Trueman, Steve Burke and Maurice Hill claimed draws. 

Round 2

AB1  (AR 1983)  v Gonzaga (AR 2173)
Our first team gave the top seeds in the Division a very close contest. At one time the score was 2-2 with the game in the balance. There was a fine win by John Garnett, and very good draws for Glenn Halfpenny and Richard Trueman, all achieved against opponents graded 200+ points higher. Louis and Steve fought well in defeat. Gonzaga knew they were in a real match.  Result 2-4

AB2 (AR 1867) v Manchester Manticores 4 (AR 1796)
There wasn't a lot between the teams on ratings, but AB2 achieved a convincing team win. There were wins for Dave Flynn (again), Maurice Hill and Neil Graham, backed up by draws from Anita Somton, Mike Naylor and Bob Taylor. This win is likely to ensure AB2 will get a tough third round draw. Result 4.5 - 1.5

After 2 Rounds  our 2 teams each have 2 match points, but AB2 with 6 game points stand in 8th. AB1 on 5.5 game points stand in 12th.

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