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Weekend 4
4 May 16 — A bad weekend at Birmingham sees Oxford 1 first tumble into the Demotion group, and then lose to Cambridge; a shame that Oxford 2 ended up similarly (but with less drama), and Oxford 3 end up where Oxford 2 are destined to be unless they wake up in May…
Weekend 3
4 May 16 — While Telford was cut off by an absence of electricity on the train lines, there was no energy shortage at Birmingham where an energetic win on Saturday was the prelude to an EPIC match on Sunday. While Oxford 3 managed to deal with absent team-mates, and recorded back-to-back wins against various opponents fighting under the Barnet Knights banner, the second team were not so fortunate…
Weekend 2
4 May 16 — A split weekend as the Telford contingent teed off a week earlier for reasons since lost in email threads… when the dust had settled, the Firsts were an ace away from 100%, the Seconds managed 50%, and the Thirds, though outgraded and beaten, didn’t give up.
Weekend 1
4 May 16 — It’s November… and the lights are low, except at Telford and Birmingham airport, where the clocks are beginning to tick and the first instalment of the annual spectacle called the 4NCL is upon us. Our teams don’t disappoint, and incendiary continuations - instant combustion, self-mates, resignations with mate on the board - marked the start of the Oxford journey in 2015-16.
Weekend 3
20 Mar 15 — Weekend 3 saw logjams on the A40, M40, M1 and M4, delayed starts in Division 3 and a match ruined by defaults, but in Birmingham the Firsts performed heroically as a team and deservedly picked up all four points for the weekend, thus qualifying for the Championship pool for the first time ever. "What's next?", the crowd murmurs... "European Team Cup? Wildcards to the Candidates? Guest commentary slots with the more fashionable GMs? Confidential clothes sponsorships with G-Star Raw? Lanyards clearly marked "VIP Guest" ... ???" Errrrrr .... no. What's next is the match report....
Weekend 2
10 Feb 15 — Refreshed by the Christmas break and New Year festivities, the 3-coach train of the Oxford chess elite chugged into town on January and pulled out on Sunday evenings with 100% match results for both the second and third teams, and an actual 50% for the first team but an arguable case for this to given an uplift to 100% ... exciting? You betcha. The case for the prosecution may feature elsewhere in due course, but you can read all about the chess here.
Weekend 1
25 Jan 15 — Refreshed after a summer break, during which time our first team defied gravity, the law of the pendulum and the black-hatted sentence of relegation meted out in May to bounce back to Division 1 before August was out. In short, our three teams reconvened in mid-November to see what could be done on the foothills of what passes for Mount Caissa in the Midlands, and the short summery summary is that Ox1 started well, Ox2 not-so-well, and Ox3 not-not-so-well, while Szymon and Aidan continued their winning streaks… (contd.)
Weekend 5
27 Aug 14 — A great season ends tinged with the disappointment of relegation for Oxford 1. With 8 points. Oxford's 4NCL chess players will after this weekend wonder whether Cambridge is due north east of us, or has it somehow transplanted itself to towards Germany, since no matter how well we play against them, they win (just about) in the end. Report follows.
Weekend 4
12 Apr 14 — As the clocks went forward in March, so advanced the 4NCL chess season towards its high noon. Saturday decided who stayed interested in the title; Sunday the Oxford team started its battle to stay in Division 1. Not a struggle for the fainthearts, as the expanded post-twitter commentary shows...
Weekend 3
12 Mar 14 — The February episode of the 4NCL pawn-pushing parade saw all teams move from the X-Factor of Rds 3-4 to the Ouch-Factor of Rds 5-6, but at least the 2nds lost their drawing habit … read on for the usual reporting routine: Tim with the precise summary, Seani following with the flannel.
Weekend 2
29 Jan 14 — The 4NCL version of Celebrity Big Brother had its 2nd Weekend of 4NCL early in the New Year, and as January draws to a close Sean & Tim kick off with summaries on housemate voting patterns, before wandering in and out of the depths, frivolities, dramas ... and draws – not forgetting some quality coverage from John Saunders at 4NCL central.
Weekend 1
12 Jan 14 — All aboard for the start of the 2013-14 season!! We couldn't get Kelly to write anything this time, so instead Sean and Tim have cobbled together their report from the first round in mid-November...
The Last Weekend
31 May 13 — ... the longest weekend of them all. Reports and commentary from Sean & Tim, with the expert hand of K ... and for so long it was touch and go, that last weekend, and nearly the lost weekend. Like so much of the football play off season that featured on the box...
Weekend 4
24 Apr 13 — Sean reports: the firsts maintain their promotion drive (mainly thanks to the brilliance of Matt Rose), but with only 6 points no time to be complacent as we play the teams either side of us on the final weekend...
Weekend 3
28 Feb 13 — Sean reports on Div 2 triumph tinged with Div 3 disaster.
Weekend 2
21 Jan 13 — Oxford 1 & 2 score maximum points and move near-top of their respective divisions, and, while hanging around in snowy Oxford for the next series of 4NCL on 23–24 February (not forgetting Kidlington 2013), Sean discovers multi-coloured diagrams.
Weekend 1
18 Nov 12 — Read Sean’s report on the first weekend. Next up: 12-13 January.

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