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18/11/2021

OTB 4NCL 2021-22

 

Over-the-board 4NCL inter-team competition resumes on the weekend of 20th-21st November 2021.  Things have been rehashed in a few ways.

 

Divisions 1 and 2 have been combined into a single Swiss event, rather than all-play-all, which makes things organisationally simpler if the event is again curtailed by Covid restrictions.

 

Divisions 3 and 4, which are run on a regional basis, have been combined and have had the North and South approach refined to a North, Central and South format.

 

Entries in the combined Division 1/2 number 28, 4 down on the total in Divisions 1 and 2 of 2019-20.  Meanwhile entries in new Division 3 Central combined with those of Division 3 South total 48 which is only 2 down on Divisions 3 and 4 South of 2019-20.  Thus, superficially at least, “Central” seems to have attracted the more northerly of the “South” teams of before.

 

Division 3 North is were the main reduction in numbers is found, with the 16 teams of 2019-20 having fallen to only 8 for 2021-22.

 

This can be illustrated in tabular form as follows:

 

2019-20

2021-22

Division

Teams

Teams

Division

Division 1

16

28

Division 1/2

Division 2

16

Division 3 North

16

8

Division 3 North

Division 3 South

16

15

Division 3 Central

Division 4 South

34

33

Division 3 South

totals

98

84

 

 

Yorkshire-based entries across all divisions number 6 for 2021-22, which is 4 down on the total of 10 in 2019-20, those 6 Yorkshire entries being:

 

Division 1/2

Captain

Chessable White Rose 1

Jonathan Arnott

Chessable White Rose 2

Jonathan Arnott

 

 

Division 3 North

 

Bradford DCA Knights A

Andrew Bak

Bradford DCA Knights B

Andrew Bak

Hull & East Riding Tigers

Douglas Vleeshhouwer

Chessable White Rose 3

Jonathan Arnott

 

The “Bradford” and “Hull” teams, especially the former, will again presumably again include players outside the eponymous geographical locality, assuming a broader “Yorkshire” complexion.

 

Things kick off, for Division 3 only, on 20th-21st November 2021, with Division 3 North playing at the Holiday Inn, Doncaster.   Division 1/2 starts on 27th-28th 2021.