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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.
2005/2006 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

We are delighted to announce that we have concluded an agreement with the Paragon Hotel Birmingham which will once again bring together the first, second and third divisions together in one venue. The success of the league is illustrated by the growth of the fourth division over the last few seasons, and our long-standing association with the Moat House chain will allow this expansion to continue.

The Hotels page on the website gives further information on the above hotels.

Rounds 1 + 2

22nd/23rd October 2005
Paragon Hotel Birmingham
Divisions 1, 2 and 3

5th/6th November 2005
West Bromwich Moat House
Division 4

Rounds 3 + 4

19th/20th November 2005
Paragon Hotel Birmingham
Divisions 1, 2 and 3

3rd/4th December 2005
West Bromwich Moat House
Division 4

Rounds 5 + 6

14th/15th January 2006
Paragon Hotel Birmingham
Divisions 1, 2 and 3

11th/12th February 2006
Nottingham Moat House
Division 4

Rounds 7 + 8

4th/5th March 2006
Paragon Hotel Birmingham
Divisions 1, 2 and 3

18th/19th March 2006
West Bromwich Moat House
Division 4

Rounds 9, 10 + 11

29th April to 1st May 2006
Paragon Hotel Birmingham
Divisions 1, 2 and 3

27th to 29th May 2006
West Bromwich Moat House
Division 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 Saturday 31st July 2005.

We envisage that we will be able to accommodate between 32 and 36 teams in total in Division 4, although we do need to confirm detailed space availability with the West Bromwich and Nottingham Moat House Hotels. We therefore need to reserve the right to decline entries above 32 teams if necessary although we will of course try to avoid this if possible. Division 4 will revert to a Swiss format with four promotion places to Division 3, and the arrangements for Division 4 will be included in the updated rules for the coming season which we plan to publish shortly. 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 the number which we can accommodate, 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 6750, an increase of 20% from the 2004/2005 season. Prizes will be as follows:

Div 1First 2400Second 1200
Div 2First 1200Second 600
Div 3First 600Second 300
Div 4First 300Second 150

Entry fees

Entry fees are as follows:

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 125second, third etc teams 150

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 2004/2005 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 2004/2005 season require that teams in Divs 1-3 (but not in Div 4) need at least one female player in their squads, and this will also be a requirement next season.

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