Updated 20 May 2019, 11:42 UK

4NCL FIDE Rated Tournaments

Full details of the Bank Holiday Congress (Basingstoke), the 22nd Congress (Telford), the 23rd Congress (South Normanton) and the Hull International Congress are below. Or click the tab (right) for more information and entry details.

Spring Bank Holiday 4NCL Congress

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Friday 24 - Monday 27 May 2019, Basingstoke Country Hotel, Basingstoke.


Four sections: FIDE Open, FIDE U2050, FIDE U1825 and ECF U120 | More here




22nd 4NCL Congress



Friday 19 - Sunday 21 July 2019, Ramada Hotel Telford Ironbridge, Telford.


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




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





Please note: The date and venue of this event have changed. It’s now a week later than originally planned, and will be at the Holiday Inn South Normanton rather than the Nottingham Sherwood Hotel. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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





Please note: The first 20 juniors (U18 on 1 November 2019) to enter receive free entry to the section of their choice if they wish.




Eligible juniors should use the online junior entry form (see button left) if they wish to avail themselves of this.


There are also additional best junior performance prizes of £60 and £40 in each of the three sections. Further details here.

Guildford 1 wins 4NCL by André Schulz

16.5.19 - Last week saw the finale of the 2018/19 season of the 4NCL in Great Britain. Guildford 1 was dominant and won all bouts during the season.



Second was the new team from the Isle of Man: chess.com Manx Liberty, a team that two years ago left the German Bundesliga ("Buexit"?). | Photos: 4NCL


The 4NCL has been around for 20 years and the term "Four Nations" refers to the four countries of the United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland plus Ireland. Recently, however, there's a new team that plays under the flag of the Isle of Man. Unlike most other teams that are very British, "chess.com Manx Liberty" is largely international.


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End of Season Reports

11.5.19 - Many thanks to Jonathan Rogers for his extensive and excellent end of season 1c report and an additional report about 1d, 2018-19.

Dates and Venues 2019-20

10.5.19 - The venues and dates for next season are now published - with particular thanks to Mike Truran.

Guildford extend unbeaten run to record 79 matches - Leonard Barden

10 May 2019



The Surrey club kept their monopoly on the 4NCL title by defeating an ambitious challenge from the Isle of Man.



There were no surprises at the 4NCL, then. Guildford maintained their stranglehold on the Four Nations Chess League by winning all 11 matches in the current season and taking their record unbeaten run to 77 wins and two draws spread over more than six years.


The Surrey club win many matches by 7-1 or more and even single defeats are rare. This season its players lost one game out of 88, when the former British champion Jonathan Hawkins scored for Cheddleton against Laurent Fressinet.


Guildford’s backbone is a mix of English and French Olympiad grandmasters whose long experience gives them an edge in team strategy, as was demonstrated in last weekend’s final round.


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Winners & Losers 2018-19


Division One:

1st: Guildford 1

2nd: Chess.com Manx Liberty 1

3rd: Cheddleton 1

Relegated: Oxford 1, West is Best 1, North East England, Alba.


Division Two:

1st: Barbican 4NCL 2

2nd: Cambridge University 1

3rd: Spirit of Atticus A also promoted: Gonzaga

Relegated: Manchester Manticores 1, Wessex A, Bradford DCA Knights A, West is Best 2.


Division Three North:

1st: White Rose 2

2nd: Manchester Manticores 2

3rd: 3C's 2 (only the first two are promoted).


Division Three South:

1st: Kings Head

2nd: Check Innmates 1

3rd: Fermented Sharks (only the first two are promoted)

Relegated: CSC 2, Iceni 2, Leeds University Old Boys, Sussex Martlets 2.


Division Four:

1st: Crowthorne 1

2nd: Ashfield 1

3rd: Oxford 3 (first two are promoted automatically; additional promotions depend on intentions for next season of teams relegated from division two).


Individual Honours:

GM norm: Matthew Wadsworth (Guildford)

IM norms: Adam C Taylor (Wood Green) and Ritvars Reimanis (Celtic Tigers).

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