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.



No player may win more than one prize. All place prize money will be shared equally between tied players.


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.


Ungraded and unrated players may not win a grading prize.


Prizes will be transferred by direct bank transfer in the week following the end of the event.


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.




English players playing in a FIDE rated section or event must either be Gold or Platinum members of the ECF or pay a £10 pay to play surcharge.


If FIDE rated players also have an ECF grade their ECF grade must be lower than:

(a) ECF 180 (FIDE U2050 section);

(b) ECF 150 (FIDE U1825 section;

(c) ECF 120 (FIDE U1600 section) as published in the ECF's August 2018 grading list.


Pairings in all sections will be according to FIDE Swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Manager computer program.


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.


The submission of an entry form and payment of the entry fee is acceptance of these terms and conditions.


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 Accommodation page.



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.


Please 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 sections.


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.


All games will be played using digital clocks.


Please click to see the information about the booking arrangements for the International Congress.



2018 British Knockout Championship


Two qualifying places for the British Knockout Championship, to be staged at the London Chess Classic from 8th - 17th December inclusive, will be made available to the two highest placed eligible players in the Open section. Players will need to be registered to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Guernsey or Jersey for FIDE purposes to be eligible for the qualifying places.


The tie-breaks for players on the same number of points to determine who takes the qualifying places are as follows:

  1. Direct Encounter as defined in 12.1.2.A(c) of the FIDE Handbook. *
  2. Buchholz Cut 1 as defined in 12.1.2.A(b3) of the FIDE Handbook. *
  3. Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 (AROC) as defined in 12.1.2.A(a1) of the FIDE Handbook. *
  4. Tournament Performance Rating (TPR) as defined in 1.48 and 1.49 of the FIDE Handbook. **
  5. Drawing of lots.

*    Annex 3 of the FIDE Competition Rules (C05)

**  International Title Regulations (B01)

Players qualifying for the two places at the British Knockout Championship will be eligible for the prizes on offer at the congress itself.

Players accepting conditions for the congress are expected to play all nine rounds.



Website Terms and Conditions

The Four Nations Chess League does not accept responsibility for the content of other websites, to which the site links.


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 postal address(es) in certain circumstances (team captains/managers, management board members, arbiters etc).


Participants wishing this information not to be included on the website should contact the webmaster to have it removed, but should be aware that in this event they will not be permitted to play in the congress.


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