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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 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.
2004/2005 Season

Now that the 2003/2004 season is nearly over it is time to start thinking about the arrangements for next season.

Although there are still a few months to go before the start of the new season, please find below some useful information for both existing teams and potential new entrants.

Dates and Venues

Rounds 1 + 2

18th/19th September 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 1 and 2

6th/7th November 2004
Telford Moat House
Divisions 3 and 4

Rounds 3 + 4

20th/21st November 2004
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 1 and 2

15th/16th January 2005
Telford Moat House
Divisions 3 and 4

Rounds 5 + 6

22nd/23rd January 2005
Nottingham Moat House
Divisions 1 + 2

26th/27th February 2005
Telford Moat House
Divisions 3 + 4

Rounds 7 + 8

9th/10th April 2005
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 1 + 2

16th/17th April 2005
Telford Moat House
Divisions 3 + 4

Rounds 9, 10 + 11

30th April, 1st/2nd May 2005
West Bromwich Moat House
Divisions 1 + 2

28th, 29th, 30th May 2005
Telford Moat House
Divisions 3 + 4

Please note that we will be using Nottingham Moat House for the first time for one of the weekends. If this proves successful, we will consider extending our use of Moat House hotels to include Nottingham as well as West Bromwich and Telford for future seasons.

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 Saturday 31st July 2004.

We envisage that we will be able to accommodate up to 24 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 takes the total over 24, or if we receive an odd number of entries, preference will be given first to existing teams and then to the earliest entries from new teams. We therefore encourage new teams 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

We are pleased to announce that the total prize fund for the coming season will be 5625, an increase of 25% from the 2003/2004 season. Prizes will be as follows:

Div 1First 2000Second 1000
Div 2First 1000Second 500
Div 3First 500Second 250
Div 4First 250Second 125

Entry fees

Despite the significant increase in the prize fund, entry fees will be frozen at last season's levels:

Div 1First teams 250second, third etc teams 300
Div 2First teams 225second, third etc teams 275
Div 3First teams 200second, third etc teams 250
Div 4First teams 100second, 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 wildcard 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 2003/2004 season will now not be (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 Division 4 of six players. The rules for the current 2003/2004 season require that teams in Divs 1-3 (but not in Div 4) need at least one male and one female player in their squads.

It would be helpful if team captains/managers of entering teams could check their contact details 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 then please get in touch with Paul Littlewood, Mike Truran, Mark Adams or John Robinson, 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