two British KO Championship Qualifiers are: IM
2450 and GM Nicholas Pert, 2566.
The BKO event will take
place during the London Chess Classic from Thurs 8 December to Fri 16 December.
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.
FIDE Rated Open: Open to all players.
Prizes - 1st £500; 2nd £250; 3rd £125
- plus best performance prize of £100 each. Entry fee £30.
Rated U2000 (U175): Open to: (1) FIDE
rated players rated below 2000 FIDE; (2) players
without a FIDE rating graded below 175 ECF.
Prizes - 1st £500; 2nd
£250; 3rd £125 - plus grading prize
of £100 each. Entry fee £30.
U135: Open to players graded below
Prizes - 1st £250; 2nd
£125; 3rd £62.50 - plus grading prize
of £50 each. Entry fee £35 (£30 for ECF Silver
or above members).
No player may win more than one
prize. All place prize money will be shared
equally between tied players.
GMs / IMs free, FMs half price. GMs please
contact for other conditions.
Entries: Entries may be accepted on
the day subject to availability and payment of a
Completed entry forms, together with the
appropriate entry fee (payable to “4NCL”) should
be sent to Mike Truran at The Old Farmhouse, 7
Church Street, Ducklington, Witney, Oxon OX29
7UA or emailed to (in the latter case, please contact Mike for bank transfer payment
Tiebreak Rules: If two or
more players are tied for one or more of the
qualifying spots, the following tie-breaks will
Direct encounter (however, if more than two
players are tied, then all the tied players
must have played each other for this
tie-break to be used).
Sum of progressive scores.
Average rating of opponents, where: (i) the
rating of unrated players who have an ECF
grade will be assigned a rating using the
formula Elo = ECF * 7.5 + 700; and (ii)
players without either a grade or rating
will have a rating assigned by the organiser
before the start of the tournament.
Number of wins.
Drawing of lots.
A ½ point bye may be taken in
Control:All moves in 90
minutes plus 30 second increment per move from
move 1. Re-pairing will take place 30 minutes
after the start of a round. Players will be
defaulted 30 minutes after the scheduled start
of a round.
Grades and Ratings
FIDE ratings from the October
2016 list will be used for the FIDE-rated
sections, and ECF grades published in the July
2016 list will be used for the U135 section and
unrated players in FIDE rated sections. If
necessary players will be transferred between
sections to take account of rating/grading
movements after date of entry (see below).
The FIDE Rated Open and FIDE
Rated U2000 sections will be both FIDE rated and
ECF graded. The ECF U135 section will be ECF
Players without a current FIDE
rating or ECF grade must give details of
estimated playing strength, including any
previously held grading, or current grading from
Ungraded or unRated players may
not win a grading prize and, with the exception
of the FIDE Open, may only win 50% of any other
English players must be ECF Gold
or Platinum members in the FIDE Rated Open and
FIDE Rated U2000 sections. There is a £5
discount for ECF Silver or above members in the
U135 sections (see above).
Prizes may be changed subject to
numbers of entries.
The 4NCL reserves the right to
transfer players between sections at any time.
All pairings will be made using
FIDE Swiss pairing rules using Swiss Manager.
The submission of an entry
form and payment of the entry fee denotes
acceptance that the 4NCL’s decision is final
in all matters.
The 4NCL reserves the right to
refuse any entry without explanation.
The following rates have been
negotiated with Holiday Inn.
£32.50 BB per person per night
(based on two sharing)
£55.00 BB per person per night
£47.50 DBB per person per night
(based on two people sharing)
£70.00 DBB per person per night