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White Rose 4NCL Sponsorship
The 4 Nations Chess League, aka “4NCL”, was founded back in 1993 by Sheffield-born Chris Dunworth, whose father, Arthur Dunworth, incidentally, was Lord Mayor of Sheffield for a year in 2007. The present-day 4NCL Division 1 trophy is named the Dunworth Trophy, in recognition the founder.
The Yorkshire-based White Rose team in the 4NCL, along with a 2nd team, was started up by Angus Dunnington and Rupert Jones, and first appeared in the season 2009/10, when White Rose 1 finished first equal on points with Barbican 4NCL 1 in Division 1 Section B, and in the final pool finished 4th. By coincidence, the team again finished 4th in the final pool of 2018/19.
Paul Townsend stepped down as 1st team captain at the end of 2018/19 after doing great work from 2010(?) to 2019, and the 2019/20 1st team captain is Rupert Jones, with Richard Palliser as vice-captain, and Jonathan Arnott as 2nd team captain.
The top 4NCL teams tend to have sponsorship, and White Rose 4NCL is fortunate to have been chosen for sponsorship by UK-based chess learning website Chessable, which was acquired earlier this year by no less than world champion Magnus Carlsen.
The following is a press release from Chessable.
World chess champion’s firm gets on board to help Yorkshire team target title
The north's strongest team start their campaign for glory in the English chess equivalent of the Premier League this weekend after catching the eye of world champion Magnus Carlsen's firm Chessable.
Yorkshire-based White Rose, which is being renamed Chessable White Rose, is now expecting a sudden influx of world-class grandmasters for the new season.
Chessable, the UK-based chess learning website snapped up by Carlsen earlier this year, has promised to fund an assault on the 4NCL title.
Possible new recruits could be any of the leading grandmasters that are currently working with the learning platform.
White Rose regularly competes in the prestigious 4NCL, the UK’s top league, and battle each year to qualify for the European Teams Chess Championship [sic, means European Club Cup, webmaster].
The team run [up to 2018/19 – webmaster] by Paul Townsend, from Kirk Hammerton, North Yorks, finished fourth overall last year having competed in the 4NCL’s eight-team division 1. Guildford won it for a seventh year in a row.
The White Rose squad includes former MEP and Scunthorpe United commentator Jon Arnott, who is a Candidate Master and former member of the England Under-21 squad.
White Rose stalwart and editor of the UK's leading chess magazine, CHESS, Richard Palliser said: “With Chessable's backing we'll be looking to build on last year's fourth place and again to take down one or more of the heavyweights.
"Trying to surprise the top sides is always one aim, but so too is to finish ahead of our main northern rivals, 3Cs from across the Pennines in Oldham."
Chessable, a UK start-up firm, is part of Carlsen’s business empire having been bought by his Play Magnus firm earlier this year.
It publishes chess courses authored by some of the world’s top players and trainers and has promised to make some available to bolster White Rose’s squad.
Leon Watson, from Chessable, said: “We’ve got big plans for White Rose and are ready to pull every string we can to strengthen them.
“We’ve been impressed by what the club does in Yorkshire and the whole Yorkshire chess scene and we want to help win it some titles.
“Chess in Yorkshire has always been very strong and the associations here are fiercely independent. Yorkshire contested the first County Championship final in 1908 and won again this year.
“We want Chessable White Rose to be national club champions.”
The 4NCL involves teams from the four corners of the British Isles.
Round one of the 2020 season kicks off this weekend in Daventry, Northants, with Chessable White Rose taking on Liverpool-based Spirit of Atticus.
Leon Watson, Chessable
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