4NCL Rounds 3 & 4, Second Leg
Rounds 3 & 4 in divisions 1, 2 and 3W were played on the weekend 14th & 15th of January 2023 at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa. (For divisions 3E and 4, rounds 3 & 4 are played on the weekend 7th & 8th January.)
Yorkshire-based teams in action were in Chessable White Rose teams 1 and 2 in division 1 and Chessable White Rose 3 in division 3W.
The three White Rose teams’ round-3 opponents were, respectively, Gonzaga, Wood Green and MK Phoenix 2.
Gonzaga is a club from the Irish Republic based on Gonzaga College SJ in Dublin, catering for present and past students there. “SJ” stands for “Society of Jesus” i. e. the Jesuits, and “Gonzaga” presumably refers to a canonised Jesuit named Aloysius Gonzaga who died in 1591 while nursing plague patients in Rome. (The 18th Annual Gonzaga Charity Chess Classic runs from 27th to 29th January, 2023.)
The “MK” of MK Phoenix stands for “Milton Keynes”. Wood Green is of course a suburb of London.
CWR 1 and 3 looked to significantly outgun their opponents while CWR 2 looked equally outgunned by their opponents. Across the 22 games involved, there were only 4 draws, and CWR 1 and 3 did not lose a single game! Tim Wall had the rare experience of going Q for R up against Jonathan Spielman, which is more than most of us can ever aspire to - but he still lost of course!
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Yorkshire-resident players appearing for teams based further afield included Samuel Milson (The Sharks 1), Andrew Ledger (Blackthorne), Chris Shephard (Warwickshire Select 1), and David C Wedge (Oxford 2)
The three White Rose teams’ round-4 opponents were, respectively, Cambridge University 1, Cheddleton and Ashfield 1.
Cambridge University, and Cheddleton (Staffordshire) are self-explanatory. Ashfield chess club meets in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, not Sutton-in-Ashfield though presumably draws players from the whole “Ashfield” area.
Once again, CWR 1 & 3 looked to be outgunning their opponents. Indeed, CWR 1 v Cambs. Univ. 1 was a top-or-the-table v bottom-of-the-table clash. In this round CWR 2 again were weaker than their opponents per ratings. CWR 1 built up a 4-1 lead, but the ending on board 2 was complicated, and the mending on board 1 was getting worse and worse for Gawain Jones. Fortunately, Adam Ashton had the of it in the ending and recorded a win which won the match. Then Daniel Alsina Leal won, making the scoreline less close than it might have been.