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The Four Nations Chess League does not accept responsibility for the content of other websites, to which this 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 league.
2003/2004 Season

Now that the 2002/3 season has concluded, it will soon be time to turn our attention to the arrangements for the coming 2003/2004 season. Although there are still a few months to go before the start of the new season, herewith some initial information in the spirit of early communication both to existing teams and to potential new entrants:

Dates and Venues

Dates and venues will be as follows:

Rounds 1 and 2

18th/19th October 2003
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 1 and 2

22nd/23rd November 2003
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 3 and 4

Rounds 3 and 4

17th/18th January 2004
Telford Moat House
Divisions 1 and 2

24th/25th January 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 3 and 4

Rounds 5 and 6

20th/21st March 2004
Telford Moat House
Divisions 1 and 2

27th/28th March 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 3 and 4

Rounds 7,8 and 9

1st/2nd/3rd May 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 1 and 2

29th/30th/31st May 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 3 and 4

Rounds 10 and 11

22nd/23rd May 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 1 and 2

19th/20th June 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 3 and 4

Entry Requirements

All entries, whether for existing teams or for new entrants, need to be received, together with the appropriate entry fee and confirmed team lists, by SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2003.

We envisage that we will be able to accommodate up to 18 teams in total in Division 4. For new entrants we will be operating on a "last in first out" basis, i.e. if we receive entries from new teams that take the total number of teams entering over 18 teams, or if we receive an odd number of entries, preference of entry will be given first to existing teams and then to the earliest entries received from new teams wishing to enter. We therefore encourage new teams wishing to enter to submit their entries as soon as possible to secure their place.

Entries should be sent to Mike Truran at The Old Farmhouse, 7 Church Street, Ducklington, Witney, Oxon OX29 7UA.

Prizes

The total prize fund for the coming season will be 4,500, an increase of well over 30% from the 2002/2003 season. Prizes will be as follows:

Div 1: First prize 1,600, second prize 800
Div 2: First prize 800, second prize 400
Div 3: First prize 400, second prize 200
Div 4: First prize 200, second prize 100

Entry fees

Entry fees will be as follows:

Div 1: First teams 250, second, third etc teams 300
Div 2: First teams 225, second, third etc teams 275
Div 3: First teams 200, second, third etc teams 250
Div 4: First teams 100, second, third etc teams 125

Please make cheques payable to '4NCL' and send along with your entry to Mike Truran at the above address.

As usual, entry fees entitle teams to nominate up to 16 players (Divs 1-3) and 12 players (Div 4) in their team lists. Nominated players taking team lists over 16 (Divs 1-3) or 12 (Div 4) in total will be subject to the usual registration fee.

Registration fees (5) and wild card fees (10) remain at the same level.

Other

In the event that existing teams decide not to renew their entries, teams in the relevant division that would otherwise have been relegated at the end of the 2002/2003 season will not be so relegated (starting with the relegated team finishing in the highest position, and so on down the relegated teams). In the event that the number of teams not renewing their entries exceeds the number of relegated teams, extra teams will be promoted from the lower division after applying the rule above, and so on down the divisions as necessary.

As usual, teams in Divs 1-3 will consist of eight players and teams in Div 4 of six players. Teams in Divs 1-3 (but not in Div 4) will continue to be required to field at least one male and one female player in each of their matches.

It would be helpful if team captains/managers of entering teams could check their contact details (names, telephone numbers and email addresses) in the "Team Captains" section of the 4NCL website and confirm that they are shown correctly. Please notify Peter Sowray of any updates required.

If entering teams would like a link to their own website from the 4NCL website, please let Peter Sowray know.

Queries

If there are any points that you wish to discuss further, please get in touch with Paul Littlewood, Richard Furness, Mike Truran or Mark Adams, contact details for whom can be found on the Management Board page of the website.

Division 1

WGHK 1
Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
WGHK 2
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
Betsson.com
Barbican 4NCL 2
Oxford 1
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Guildford-A&DC 2
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent

Division 2

Sambuca Sharks
Cheddleton
Warwickshire Select 1
e2e4.org.uk 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
AMCA Dragons
Kings Head
Poisoned Pawns 2
Anglian Avengers
Wessex 1
Celtic Tigers 1
Bristol 1
White Rose 2
Brown Jack
Guildford-A&DC 3
FCA Solutions 1

Division 3

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg
Sambuca Black Sheep
3Cs
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Iceni
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
SCS
Hackney
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Halesowen
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs