Ken Coates, our 4NCL captain, has provided the following report on Crowthorne’s 2018/19 season
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s 4NCL campaign in division 4S.
Crowthorne 1 ran out the division 4 winners with 21 points from a possible 22 points with 10 match wins and one draw and will now play in division 3 next season.
Crowthorne 2 achieved a respectable 5 points considering they only played 6 of the 11 matches because players were unavailable to make a team.
The final table can be found at http://www.4nclresults.co.uk/2018-19/media/4ncl/prog-div4s.html
Before the next season I will be talking to everyone and gauging the viability of a second team. Unfortunately there aren’t many opportunities for people, and particularly juniors, to play FIDE rated games and to be noticed for England squad inclusion. Consequently many juniors have artificially low Fide ratings.
Major points about the results showed:
– we used 22 different players for the two teams
– Colin Purdon played in all 11 matches
– the following players actually didn’t lose a single game: Paul Cooksey (9/10), Richard Webb(6½/9), Colin Purdon (7½/11), Harvey Duckers (4½/5), Matthew Ward (2/3), Ganeshbabu Gnanagurusamy (1/1)
– scoring the most wins was Peter Tart and Paul Cooksey with 8 wins each
Regarding the next 4NCL season we don’t need to take any decisions yet because even the round dates and venues are not decided but there is a rumour that that some rounds could be in the Sunningdale area but this is not confirmed.
When I know more details I’ll be asking who wants to play next season particularly those who think they are likely to play in a majority of rounds because that information is likely to determine how many teams we have.
Individual perfomances are shown in the following table: