Leonard Barden on Chess

The Surrey team have an overall record of 53 wins and two draws from 55 matches since they broke the supremacy of Wood Green in the 2012-13 season

Eat your heart out, Chelsea. The 4NCL (Four Nations Chess League) has just completed the season with Guildford once again totally dominant. The Surrey team won all its 11 matches, retained the title with a round to spare and crushed its Midlands rival Cheddleton 6.5-1.5 in Monday’s final fixture.

This was Guildford’s fifth successive championship success, achieved with an overall total of 53 wins and two draws in 55 matches. The 4-4 draw against Wood Green in 2012-13 was a titanic battle at the end of a season in which Guildford ended the Middlesex team’s long-running supremacy.

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