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14/08/2021

10th 4NCL Online Congress

 

As over-the-board chess starts to re-emerge from lock-down, on-line chess continues unabated.

 

The weekend of 12th to 14th August 2021 saw the 10th on-line 4NCL Congress.  Entrants to the 5 sections numbered as follows:

Section (grade‑equivalent)

Entrants

Open

 

22

U-2000

(U‑173)

18

U-1700

(U-133)

17

U-1400

(U-93)

20

U-1000

(U-40)

6

 

The total of 83 entries would be nothing special in terms of normal over-the-board congresses, so the absence of a need for transport and accommodation clearly does not attract hardened congress-goers to the on-line format.  This is further illustrated by the highest rating in the Open being 1990 (= 172 grade) more like an o-t-b major.

 

The U-1400 section looks much like an o-t-b Minor section, but the innovative idea of an Under-1000 section (not in the previous 4NCL OL congress) seems not to have attracted the entries which one imagines had been hoped for from the rank novices.  In fact 3 of the 6 entrants shared the same surname, presumably being siblings.  One wonders if this section will be run in later such congresses.

 

The only two Yorkshire players evident were Paul A Johnson of York, in the Open, and David W Adam of Ilkley and Rose Forgrove, in the U-2000.

 

Paul Johnson fared as follows:

drew in round 1 (click here to play through the game on screen),

lost in round 2 (opponent ending up with 3 passed pawns charging down the board shepherded by a pair of raking bishops),

won in round 3 (click here to play through the game on screen),

won in round 4 in 19 moves (click here to play through the game on screen),

won in round 5 (click here to play through the game on screen),

finishing 3rd-5th= on 3 out of 5.

 

David Adam, who could have entered the U-1700 where he would probably have fared better, started with a win (click here to play through the game on screen), but lost in the next four rounds.

 

 

9th 4NCL On-Line Congress

 

In the previous 4NCL on-line congress, Miles Edwards-Wright of Sheffield won all his 5 games in the Open, but these results were in time reversed to losses, rather implying that the system had deemed him to have been cheating, for instance by using a computer to analyse his positon.  On the basis of rating, Miles might have won the event, though maybe not with 5 out of 5.  Whatever the facts of the matter, either way it is worrying that this turn of events seems fairly common, and detracts from the attraction of on-line chess for some.