The submission of an entry form
and payment of the entry fee denotes acceptance
that the 4NCL’s decision is final in all
The 4NCL reserves the right to
refuse any entry without explanation.
No player may win more than one
prize. All place prize money will be shared
equally between tied players.
In FIDE-rated sections, the best
performance prize will be awarded to the player
with the best performance relative to rating
(W-We) unless otherwise stated. Unrated players
will have their ECF grading converted to Elo for
calculation of rating prizes.
In non FIDE-rated sections, the
grading prize will be awarded to the player with
the highest score beneath a certain grading
limit. Should this be a tie, the prize will be
awarded to the lowest-graded player.
Ungraded and unrated players may
not win a grading prize.
Prizes will be paid by
direct bank transfer and/or entry fee refund
in the week following the end of the event
unless otherwise notified.
The 4NCL will ensure its
advertised prize fund is realistic based on an
expected number of entries. Should the number of
entries fall significantly below this
expectation, it may be necessary to reduce the
prize fund. Where possible, any such decision
will be notified to entrants beforehand.
In the FIDE Open and FIDE U2000 sections
there is a pay to play fee of £11.00 for players
who are not ECF Gold or Platinum members or who
are non-ECF members registered with FIDE as ENG.
All players who do not want to be registered as
ENG must be registered with another federation
In the U120 section there is a pay to play
fee of £9 for players who are not ECF Silver,
Gold or Platinum members or who are non-ECF
Prizes may be changed subject to numbers of
The 4NCL reserves the right to transfer
players between tournaments 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.
If entrants withdraw before the
congress they will be entitled to a refund of
their entry fee less a £5 administration charge.
If they have booked a hotel room,
refunds/transfers etc will be subject to the
arrangements set out on the
Anti-Cheating Policy will apply in this
Rooms can be cancelled without charge up to five
full working days before the weekend (and will be reallocated
elsewhere). If cancellations take place after this deadline, Guaranteed Events will use their best endeavours to reallocate the room, but
if this cannot be done you will be liable for the room cost. In
practice, however, demand for rooms is such that the likelihood is
that they can be reallocated in almost all cases.
If entrants make their own
arrangements for accommodation and do not avail
themselves of the Guaranteed Events service,
cancellation arrangements are between them and
their provider. In that event, neither the 4NCL
nor Guaranteed Events can accept responsibility
for any financial loss arising should
cancellation be required for whatever reason.
note: Food and drink may not be
consumed within the hotel buildings or the hotel
car park unless it
has been purchased from the hotel, or is being
consumed in the guest’s bedroom. This applies
both to players and any accompanying persons.
Players may be expelled from the
event in which they are playing if they are
found to be consuming food and drink that has
not been purchased from the hotel.
Prizes may be changed subject to
numbers of entries.
All games will (resource
permitting) be published for FIDE rated
The 4NCL reserves the right to
transfer players between tournaments at any
All pairings will be made using
FIDE Swiss pairing rules using Swiss Manager.
All games will be played using
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booking arrangements for the 2nd Easter Congress.
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responsibility for the content of other
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This website includes information on
participants in the Four Nations Chess League in
respect of name, grade, title, nationality and
sex (team registration lists), as well as
telephone number(s), email address(es) and
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members, arbiters etc).
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aware that in this event they will not be
permitted to play in the congress.