We are excited to announce that we’re sponsoring one of the top chess teams in Britain’s strongest league, the 4NCL.
From today White Rose, the proud side representing the county of Yorkshire, will be known as Chessable White Rose.
At Chessable we have a few connections with White Rose and we want to support chess at all levels. So we thought, why not?
The team competes in the 4NCL league which features teams from across the UK and now a team from Ireland. It is probably Europe’s second strongest league after the Bundesliga in Germany.
Round one of the 4NCL’s 2020 season kicks off this weekend in Daventry, Northants, with Chessable White Rose taking on Liverpool-based Spirit of Atticus.
Help us support the White Rose chess team!
With our help, we are hoping Chessable White Rose will spring some surprises and qualify for the European Team Chess Championships.
The team run by Paul Townsend, from Kirk Hammerton, North Yorks, finished fourth overall last year having competed in the 4NCL’s eight-team division 1. Guildford, the big fish of the league, won it for the seventh year in a row.
However, this year the competition will be even fiercer with Chess.com Manx Liberty, sponsored by the corporate giants, and Cheddleton among the contenders.
We may line-up some Chessable authors!
We think the team we’re sponsoring is strong and very capable of doing well, but they’re certainly the underdogs – and we like that. A push for the title is unlikely, but not impossible.
And, to help them, you may see some of your favourite authors on Chessable making the odd appearance…
The White Rose squad includes former MEP and Scunthorpe United commentator Jon Arnott, who is a Candidate Master and former member of the England Under-21 squad.
White Rose stalwart and editor of the UK’s leading chess magazine, CHESS, Richard Palliser said: “With Chessable’s backing we’ll be looking to build on last year’s fourth-place and again to take down one or more of the heavyweights.
“Trying to surprise the top sides is always one aim, but so too is to finish ahead of our main northern rivals, 3Cs from across the Pennines in Oldham.”
You can follow how Chessable White Rose get on at their Twitter feed here.
Leon is a national newspaper journalist from London, England. He is an avid chess fan, and writes regularly about the game. Apart from chess, he loves cricket, Tottenham Hotspur FC and spending time with his son.