The format for the 2019-20
season will be as follows:
Divisions 1 and 2 and
Division 3 South will comprise 16 teams
Divisions 1 and 2 and Division 3 South will
comprise two preliminary pools of eight for
the first seven rounds, with the two pools
in each division of broadly equal strength
as determined by the Management Board. The
top four and bottom four teams in each
preliminary pool will form two final
championship/promotion and relegation pools
respectively. With regard to the teams in
each final pool, only matches played between
themselves during the first seven rounds
will be carried forward to the final pools
(i.e. matches played by teams against teams
in the other final pool during the first
seven rounds will not be carried forward).
Division 3 North and Division 4 South will
each be run using a Swiss format when the
number of teams in each is at least 24. If
the numbers are fewer than this in either
division a system appropriate to the number
of teams in that division will be used.
will publish a seeding order for comment by
team captains/managers so that Divisions 1
and 2 and Division 3 South can be split as
fairly as possible and so that the initial
pairings in Division 3 North and Division 4
South are also as fair as possible. For
existing teams this will be based solely on
performance in the 2018-19 season.
Four teams will be relegated from Division
1, four teams will be promoted from Division
2, four teams will be relegated from
Division 2 (and may choose to enter either
Division 3 North or Division 3 South), and
two teams will be promoted from each of
Division 3 South and Division 3 North. Four
teams will be relegated from Division 3
South. The number of teams promoted from
Division 4 South to Division 3 South will
depend on the number of teams relegated from
Division 2 choosing to enter Division 3
Number of teams relegated from
Division 2 choosing to enter
Division 3 South
Number of teams promoted from
Division 4 South to Division 3 South
New teams may enter either Division 3
North or Division 4 South.
Teams allocated to Division 3 South and 4
South may request a transfer to Division 3
North. Teams allocated to Division 3 North
may request a transfer to Division 4 South.
When a team withdraws or transfers from
Division 1, 2 or 3 South, rule 13.4 of the
2018-19 season rules will be applied.
Dates and Venues
Dates and venues for the 4NCL’s
2019-20 season can be found by following the
“Main 4NCL 18-19” link in the “Dates and Venues”
section of the 4NCL website. The “Hotels 19-20”
section of the website gives further information
on the various venues.
All entries, whether for
existing teams or for new entrants, need to be
received together with the appropriate entry fee
September 2019. Please either:
Make a direct transfer to the 4NCL bank
account (the preferred method); details can
be obtained by contacting Mike Truran on
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include
sufficient accompanying narrative to allow
the payment to be identified..
Make cheques payable to
'4NCL' and send along with your entry to
Mike Truran at The Old Farmhouse, 7 Church
Street, Ducklington, Witney, Oxon, OX29 7UA.
Confirmed team registration
lists should also be sent to the Registrations
and copied to the Chief Arbiter by
11 October 2019.
The 4NCL rules set out the information required
for each player. The 4NCL rules set out the
information required for each player.
named on the initial registration list must
either be registered with FIDE prior to the list
being submitted or eligible and willing to be
registered with them as English players. Players
registered as ENG, or not registered, must be
ECF Gold or Platinum members (including juniors)
at the time the registration list is submitted.
This rule will be strictly enforced.
In early September the
Registrations Secretary will send to each team
manager/captain (based on the latest information
available) a spreadsheet for completion and
return showing details of players registered for
the 2018-19 season on which players can be
added or deleted as appropriate. Managers of new
teams will receive a blank spreadsheet with the
requisite column headings.
note that we reserve the right to refuse entry
to teams whose registration lists are
Entry fees are as follows:
Division 1: £275
Division 2: £220
Division 3 South and North:
Division 4 South: £110
Teams which commit to field at
least four juniors (i.e. under eighteen years
old on 1 January 2020) in every match of the
season in Division 4 South can also claim a £25
discount on their entry fee.
Entry fees entitle teams to
nominate up to 16 players (Divisions 1 and 2)
and 12 players (Division 3 South and North,
Division 4 South) in their team lists. Nominated
players taking team lists over 16 (Divisions 1
and 2) or 12 (Division 3 South and North,
Division 4 South) in total will be subject to
the usual registration fee.
Registration fees and wildcard
fees are as set out in the rules.
that all outstanding registration and wild card
fees must be settled without exception before
start of play for the relevant round.
The prize fund for the 2019-20
season will be as follows:
Division 4 South
See the website for the latest
version of the 4NCL rules
here (will be
updated for the 2019-20 season).
All fines and penalties incurred
in the 2018-19 season must be settled before a
team’s entry will be accepted.
Please bring to your players’
attention that they should not consume food and
drink on hotel premises that has been brought in
from outside the hotel. Any players who are
found doing so run the risk of being
Could team captains/managers of
entering teams please check their contact
details in the “Team Captains” section of the
4NCL website and confirm that they are shown
correctly. Please notify ,
and , the Registrations
Secretary, of any changes.
If entering teams would like a
link to their own website from the 4NCL website,
please let Steve Connor know
If there are any points that you
wish to discuss further then please get in touch