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4NCL: Pride & Prejudice are Champions.

McShane pressed but Adams held firm
Pride & Prejudice, the London based team run by Claire Summerscale, has become champions of the British league for the first time. Although the 4NCL (Four Nations Chess League) is no longer one of the strongest in Europe, it still attracts a number of high-ranking GMs. On top board, in the crucial last round encounter between the title contenders, Luke McShane and Michael Adams were last to finish.

Going into the last round, both of the top two teams, Wood Green Hilsmark and Pride & Prejudice, had won all of their matches. With P & P having scored more game points, this meant they had draw odds in their favour, but with evenly matched teams anything was possible.

Although everyone expected a close match, it turned out that WGH just had an off day.

Apart from a couple of boards, where the Wood Green Hilsmark players had pressure, the match seemed to be going in P & P's favour early on, and there was surprisingly little suspense.

David Howell and Gawain Jones soon obtained big advantages with White and won before the time control. Later on, both yours truly, and John Emms added to WGH's misery.

Of course tireless chess organiser Claire Summerscale (wife of GM Aaron Summerscale who played in some earlier rounds) deserves the main credit for putting together this successful squad. If you can't remember where you heard it before, Pride & Prejudice is a famous nineteenth century (1813) novel by Jane Austen.

Rank

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Game points Match Points
1

Pride & Prejudice

- 7 5 6 6 7 7 5 43 14
2

Betsson.com

1 - 4 3 23 5
3

Barbican 4NCL 1

3 4 - 3 4 3 26 4
4

Cheddleton 1

2 - 6 6 28 6
5

Wood Green Hilsmark 1

2 5 - 6 7 6 37 12
6

e2e4.org.uk 1

0 2 2 - 18 2
7

White Rose 1

1 4 1 - 25 9
8

Guildford A&DC 1

3 5 5 2 2 - 23 4

The next table puts the business end of the season in a nutshell:

Rank

Team

P W D L GP Pts
1

Pride & Prejudice

7 7 0 0 43 14
2

Wood Green Hilsmark 1

7 6 0 1 37 12
3

White Rose 1

7 4 1 2 25 9
4

Cheddleton 1

7 3 0 4 28 6
5

Betsson.com

7 2 1 4 23 5
6

Barbican 4NCL 1

7 1 2 4 26 4
7

Guildford A&DC 1

7 2 0 5 23 4
8

e2e4.org.uk 1

7 1 0 6 18 2

Here are some photos of the players involved.

Tiviakov: Tough yet tricky
Sophie Millliet, in good form
David Howell: Hammered Hammer
Gawain Jones: No pity for Petrov
Pride & Prejudice (minus John Emms and reserve Chris Ward)
The veterans of the team: Hebden and Flear
John Emms: Turned the tables on Arakhamia
Michael Adams: Still a class act
Michael Adams: Still a class act
Emmanuel Berg
John Ludvig Hammer

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