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Chess: Guildford meet match in Euro Club Cup after eight-year unbeaten run

Germany’s Deizisau-Stuttgart the unlikely winner after Russian heavyweights edged out

Guildford are perennial winners in Britain’s national league, the 4NCL. Organised and partly bankrolled by their shrewd manager, Roger Emerson, the Surrey team have won 81 matches and drawn two over eight unbeaten years.

Until this week, Guildford had never entered the annual European Club Cup, which has been dominated by teams from the former USSR. The situation changed when the pandemic switched the Eurocup online, where 91 competing teams and numerous high-class squads made for the event’s strongest ever entry, and a surprise winner on Wednesday.

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