Updated 20 Sep 2019, 09:26 UK

4NCL FIDE Rated Tournaments

23rd 4NCL Congress 



Friday 4 - Sunday 6 October 2019, Holiday Inn South Normanton, Derbyshire.


Three sections; FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 and ECF U135 | More here




Hull 4NCL International Congress - incorporating a 10-player GM Norm Event 



Friday 1 - Sunday 3 Nov 2019 at the Royal Hotel Hull.


Three sections; FIDE Open, U2000 and U135 | More Here






We're indebted to the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust for their financial support on the junior side, and to Hull & District Chess Association, Hull Culture & Leisure, Friends of Chess and the ECF for their financial support for the GM norm tournament.


24th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress 



Friday 17 - Sunday 19 January 2020 at the The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.


Three sections; FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 and U135 | More here




Women's League - 1st Weekend 



Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 October 2019, Holiday Inn Kenilworth-Warwick, Kenilworth.


Captains can enter a team or individuals can enter to be part of a team | More here




Junior 4NCL 

Weekend 1: 5-6 October 2019: Basingstoke Country Hotel

Weekend 2: 18-19 January 2020: Holiday Inn South Normanton

Weekend 3: 15-16 February 2020: Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa


Entry guidelines 2019-20 | Competition Rules 2019-20 | Tie-Break Rules| Teams competing 2019-20

Main 4NCL 2019-20

a) 2019-20 Rules | view or download the new rules & tracked version


Main Changes (from 2018-19)


Rule 1.3:   Date of birth for eligibility as a junior updated.
Rule 3.1:  

There are now financial penalties for late submission of team registration lists (submission deadline 11 October).

Rule 9.4:  

Changes to team lists can still be made without penalty until midnight of the day before the fixture, but they should be made online or by email (in other words, do not rely on arbiters staying up late).

Rules 11.9 & 11.10:  

Amended to discourage the practice of teams in Swiss divisions attending for only part of a weekend.

Rule 12.1:  

Starting time on the middle day of a three-day weekend will be 12 noon and not 13.00.

Rule 13.3:  

Corrects last seasonís rulesí rather odd failure to mention explicitly that four teams will be relegated from Division 3 South.


b) Runners & Riders Updated 20/9: The latest list is here. Thank you to all concerned for the information.

c) Entry Guidelines: These are published with fees due and important dates.

d) Venues and dates: These are now arranged and agreed for the forthcoming season.

Fantasy Football

02.8.19 - "These managers all know their onions and cut their cloth accordingly" - Mark Lawrenson. Yes, you too have the opportunity to mix your metaphors with the best of them by joining this year's Premier Chess Fantasy Football League - the biggest and best fantasy League for chess players!




The joining code for new players in 2019-20 is jgvncj. Regulars will be admitted automatically. Sole rule is no pseudonyms for managers please - real names only! - Neil Graham.

Telford, 22nd Congress Report

25.7.19 - GM Keith Arkell has provided a detailed annotated report, of his game from rd4 of the FIDE Open.

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Countdown to Fees Deadline



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