Hebden Bridge On-Line Success
During the COVID pandemic and the attendant lock-down, there was an explosion in on-line chess, and that stretched to the 4NCL which still runs on-line team competitions, both adult and junior, and even on-line congresses which seems something of an etymological contradiction in terms. The 4NCL On-Line Season 4 held back in the latter half of 2021 included 14 Yorkshire-based teams.
Since the return of over-the-board competition, engagement by those 14 Yorkshire-based teams in the 4NCL on-line competitions has largely ceased, except by Hebden Bridge chess club who had 3 teams again in the 4NCL On-Line Season 7, the finals of which took place on Tuesday 2nd May 2023.
Hebden Bridge 1 was in Division 2, which was initially run with two parallel 8-team all-play-all groups of 4-player teams followed by semi-final and final knockout stages held among the top 2 teams from each group. In Group B, Hebden Bridge finished 1st after a tie-break with Oxford 2, both having clocked up 11 match points and 18˝ game points, but with Oxford having defaulted 2 games and Hebden Bridge having won the teams’ individual encounter.
In the semi-finals, Hebden Bridge 1 beat Wessex Some Stars C, going on the beat Morpeth in the final, so becoming Division 2 champions.
Hebden Bridge 2 finished 3rd in Group A of Division 4, while Hebden Bridge 3 finished 5th in Group B of Division 4.