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4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships

 

Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 Oct 2016 - Harben House.

 

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11th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress

 

Friday 4 - Sunday 6 Nov 2016 - Harben House.

 

Three sections; FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175) and U135 | More here |

 

 

 

 

     

I’m delighted to be able to announce that Chess Promotions Ltd and the 4NCL have agreed that two qualifying places for the British Knockout Championship, to be staged at the London Chess Classic from Thursday 8th December-Friday 16 December, will be made available to the players finishing in the first two places at the 4NCL 11th FIDE Rated Congress on Friday 4-Sunday 6 November.

 

Because the first round loser prize at the British Knockout Championship amounts to £2,500, players occupying the first two places in the Open section will not be eligible for the prizes on offer at the congress itself. That means of course that any player finishing outside the first two places in the Open section will be eligible for the congress prizes. These are: 1st £500; 2nd £250; 3rd £125.

 

Mike Truran, 16 Sept 2016.


Entry Guidelines 2016-17

Are now available and include details of fees due and important dates for 2016-17.


Junior 4NCL 2016-17

(1)   1-2 October 2016 De Vere Wokefield Park
(2)   21-22 January 2017   St Johns Hotel, Solihull
(3)   22-23 April 2017 St Johns Hotel, Solihull

 

Entry form and further details:

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Online | Competition Rules 2016-17 |

New season entries

24.9.16 - As usual we're keeping a running list of teams who have entered and paid fees for the new 16-17 season. Deadline for fees Friday 30 September | More here |


10th 4NCL FIDE Rated Congress

 

This was held Friday 9 - Sunday 11 Sept 2016 at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield, Yorkshire.

 

There were three sections; FIDE Open, FIDE U2000 (ECF U175) and U135 | More here |

 

Pairings and Results

Open | Major | Minor | Entries | Replay Games | Prizewinners | Photos |

 

 

 

Photos by Lara Barnes  | More here


New season early entries

02.9.16 - As usual we're keeping a running list of teams who have entered and paid fees for the new 16-17 season. Player registrations will be published at a later time. Details of fees and important dates are here.


Main Rules 2016-17

Are now published. There are several changes from last season and Captains and Managers are asked to make themselves and their team colleagues familiar with them - particular thanks to David Welch, Dave Thomas and Mike Truran.


Provisional starting standings 2016-17

07.6.16 - All teams relegated from division two have now indicated their intention of entering division three South next season. We are therefore in a position to determine the promotions to division two and three South for next season. The provisional composition of the divisions in seeding order (subject, of course, to any withdrawals) is here.


4NCL in CHESS magazine

 

 

29.5.16 - We are grateful to Malcolm Pein and his team for permission to publish two articles from recent issues of CHESS .

 

Brutal Attacks the fourth weekend featured some crushing defeats.

The Finale - all the action from the final weekend.

 

More about CHESS magazine and how to subscribe.

 

 

Telford, weekend 5 report

09.5.16 - A report round-up with two annotated games from Weekend 5 at Park Inn Telford is now available - with thanks to Steve Burke | Alan Byron - Richard Freeman PGN | Stephen Home - Steven Burke PGN.


Lost property

07.5.16 - A chess book signed by the author was left at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport after round 11 on Monday 2 May. If the owner can identify it please contact  and he will arrange for its return.


Div 3n Team Report

07.5.16 - Many thanks to Andy Mort (Spirit of Atticus) for his Division 3n report about the B & C teams during the final weekend at Wychwood Park, Crewe.


Games in PGN & Replay

06.5.16 - Download all 2015-16 games.


Five norms achieved at the 4NCL!

 

 

 

 

 

James Adair (ENG)

 

Yang-Fan Zhou (ENG)

 

James Jackson (ENG)

 

Matthew Wadsworth (ENG)

 

David Fitzsimons (IRL)

06.5.16 - The other day we announced that two norms had been achieved, those of James Adair and Matthew Wadsworth.

 

It has now become apparent that we published based on incomplete information and, in fact, 5 norms were achieved in all. Apologies to those who were left out of the original post! The full list of norms are below:

 

GM Norms

ENG James Adair (White Rose) – 3rd and final GM norm. Rating required.

ENG Yang-Fan Zhou (Guildford) – 2nd GM norm.

 

IM Norms

ENG James Jackson (Barbican) – 2nd IM norm.

ENG Matthew Wadsworth (Guildford) – 1st IM norm.

IRL David Fitzsimons (Wood Green) – 1st IM norm.

 

James Adair achieved his 3rd GM norm and will qualify for the Grandmaster title once his ELO grading reaches 2500. His present Elo is 2474, but given his recent form it is likely he will soon reach 2500 and beyond. Yang-Fan Zhou got his second GM norm which is a great achievement in itself, but even more so given that not only did he have to face strong opposition throughout 4NCL, but he was feeling very unwell during last weekend’s games.

 

Congratulations are also due to James Jackson, who received his 2nd IM norm, and Matthew Wadsworth his first. Both are very promising young players, have a very good chance of achieving the IM title soon and have the potential to build on these successes and be on course for GM results.

 

We also extend our congratulations to David Fitzsimons from Ireland who qualified for his first IM norm.


Div 1d Team Report

05.5.16 - Many thanks to John Carleton (Spirit of Atticus A) for his Division 1d report about the A team and their hard-fought battles during weekend 5 at HIBA.


Weekend 5 Report

03.5.16 - Another big thank you to Rhys Cumming for his report about Weekend 5. Download here in PDF format.


Final Tables

 

 
     

Div 1:

Championship

Div 2:

Promotion

 

Demotion

 

Demotion

Div 3s:

Pool C

Div 3n:

Pool C

 

Pool D

 

Pool D

Div 4s:

Championship

 

 
       

You might need to refresh your display to view updated results (press F5).


Photos

Div 1&2 Rd9, Rd10 & Rd11 by John Saunders

Div 3n by Lara Barnes


Champions, Division 3n

 

Scottish team Alba, proud winners of Division 3n with 12 pts [Table]


Results Rd9 Saturday 30 April

   
Division 1 Pool C Rd9 Division 2 Pool C Rd9
Division 1 Pool D Rd9 Division 2 Pool D Rd9
Division 3s Pool C Rd9 Division 3n Pool C Rd9
Division 3s Pool D Rd9 Division 3n Pool D Rd9
Division 4s Rd9

Results Rd10 Sunday 1 May

   
Division 1 Pool C Rd10 Division 2 Pool C Rd10
Division 1 Pool D Rd10 Division 2 Pool D Rd10
Division 3s Pool C Rd10 Division 3n Pool C Rd10
Division 3s Pool D Rd10 Division 3n Pool D Rd10
Division 4s Rd10

Results Rd11 Monday 2 May

   
Division 1 Pool C Rd11 Division 2 Pool C Rd11
Division 1 Pool D Rd11 Division 2 Pool D Rd11
Division 3s Pool C Rd11 Division 3n Pool C Rd11
Division 3s Pool D Rd11 Division 3n Pool D Rd11
Division 4s Rd11

You might need to refresh your display to view updated results (press F5).


Online results system update

29.4.16 - Although the results server is now working, it has been decided NOT to restore the captain's data entry option this weekend. Therefore requests for submitting team lists should be sent by e-mail to  and  up to midnight of the day before the fixture. All team lists must give full player names in board order. More information here.


Dates and Venues 2016-17

27.4.16 - After several months of difficult negotiations and some let-downs, the venues and dates for the 2016-17 season are now published - with particular thanks to Mike Truran.


Pairings for Division 4 South

23.4.16 - Pairings are now published for Round 9 on Sat 30 April at Park Inn Telford - with thanks to David Welch.


Photos from the 8th Congress

05.4.16 - See a large collection of photos from our FIDE rated congress in Wakefield - with thanks to Brendan O'Gorman.


Room bookings - Final weekend

04.4.16 - Please note that rooms are rapidly filling up and that teams should be securing their rooms now, ready for the fifth 4NCL Weekend, Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May - David Welch.

 

Information & Contact: Park Inn Telford Divs 3s & 4s | Wychwood Park Div 3n | Holiday Inn Birmingham Divs 1 & 2 |


Behind the scenes at the 4 Nations Chess League by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni

 
   
 

30.3.16 - You've probably heard something about the mysterious "4NCL" tournament, but did you know that that British chess league features dozens of teams and over 800 players? WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni is the captain of a team including the likes of David Howell and Simon Williams, and gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of the event before the final weekend of the 2015-16 season.

 

Ever since I made my 4NCL debut in February 2011, this has been one of my favourite events. But before I go any further, let’s start with a bit of history and an introduction to what the 4NCL actually is, as I often get the impression it's one of the lesser-known leagues in Europe. Read more ...


Div 3n Team Report

25.3.16 - Many thanks to Andy Mort (Spirit of Atticus B&C) for his Division 3n report about the B & C teams during weekend 4 at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield.


Weekend 4 Press Report

24.3.16 - A big thank you to Rhys Cumming for his detailed report about Weekend 4. Download here in PDF format.


4NCL in CHESS magazine

 

24.3.16 - We are grateful to Malcolm Pein and his team for permission to publish two articles from a recent issue of CHESS .

 

60 Seconds with ... the ECF's new Chief Executive Mike Truran

4NCL Round-up of the first 3 rounds of the season

Download the 11-page PDF | View online | Replay games from the report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Telford, weekend 4 report

23.3.16 - A report round-up with an annotated game from Weekend 4 at Park Inn Telford is now available - with thanks to Steve Burke | PGN here |


Div 1 Team Report

23.3.16 - Many thanks to John Carleton (Spirit of Atticus A) for his Division 1a/d report about the A team and their tough weekend 4 at Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.


Games and PGNs from weekend 4

Click to see the latest updates from rounds 7 & 8


Rd7 Saturday 19 March: 14.00

Division 1 Pool A | Rd7 | Division 2 Pool A | Rd7 |  
Division 1 Pool B | Rd7 | Division 2 Pool B | Rd7 |  

 

Division 3s Pool A | Rd7 | Division 3n Pool A | Rd7 |
Division 3s Pool B | Rd7 | Division 3n Pool B | Rd7 |

 

Division 4s | Rd7 |  

 

Rd8 Sunday 20 March: 11.00

Division 1 Pool C | Rd8 | Division 2 Pool C | Rd8 |  
Division 1 Pool D | Rd8 | Division 2 Pool D | Rd8 |  

 

Division 3s Pool C | Rd8 | Division 3n Pool C | Rd8 |
Division 3s Pool D | Rd8 | Division 3n Pool D | Rd8 |

 

Division 4s | Rd8 |  

 

You might need to refresh your display to view updated results (press F5).


Junior 4NCL Weekend 3, 12 - 13 March 2016

All the results, pairings and final tables are here.


Telford, weekend 3 report

22.2.16 - A report round-up with an annotated game from Weekend 3 at Park Inn Telford is now available - with thanks to Steve Burke | PGN here |


PGNs and Replays

22.2.16 - All 1625 games from weekends 1-3, divisions 1-4, now available in PGN and replay


Div 1a Team Report

16.2.16 - Many thanks to John Carleton (Spirit of Atticus A) for his Division 1a report about the A team and their endeavours during weekend 3 at Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.


Div 3n Team Report

16.2.16 - Many thanks to Andy Mort (Spirit of Atticus B&C) for his Division 3n report about the B & C teams during weekend 3 at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield.


4NCL in Birmingham

 

16.2.16 - André Schulz reports: Last weekend the British Four Nations Chess League met in Birmingham to play rounds five and six of the season 2015-16. Favourites to win the title are the teams from Cheddelton 1 and Guildford 1 ... read more in this large pictorial report.

 


Results and Photos from Weekend 3

Rd5 Saturday 13 Feb

Division 1 Pool A | Rd5 | Division 2 Pool A | Rd5 |  
Division 1 Pool B | Rd5 | Division 2 Pool B | Rd5 |  

 

Division 3s Pool A | Rd5 | Division 3n Pool A | Rd5 |
Division 3s Pool B | Rd5 | Division 3n Pool B | Rd5 |

 

Division 4s | Rd5 |  

 

Rd6 Sunday 14 Feb

Division 1 Pool A | Rd6 | Division 2 Pool A | Rd6 |  
Division 1 Pool B | Rd6 | Division 2 Pool B | Rd6 |  

 

Division 3s Pool A | Rd6 | Division 3n Pool A | Rd6 |
Division 3s Pool B | Rd6 | Division 3n Pool B | Rd6 |

 

Division 4s | Rd6 |  

 

Photos from Round 3 at Birmingham and Wakefield


Div 1a Team Report

14.2.16 - Many thanks to John Carleton (Spirit of Atticus A) for his report about the A team's brave endeavours during weekend 2 (January).


 

Older items for the 2015-16 season can be found here.

 

 

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