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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.
2009/10 Season

Dates and Venues

Rounds 1 and 2

24th/25th October 2009
De Vere Venues, Sunningdale
Divisions 1 and 2

24th/25th October 2009
Barcelo Hotel, Daventry
Division 3

Rounds 3 and 4

16th/17th January 2010
Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Island
Divisions 1, 2 and 3

Rounds 5 and 6

20th/21st February 2010
Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Island
Divisions 1, 2 and 3

Rounds 7 and 8

27th/28th March 2010
De Vere Venues, Staverton Park
Divisions 1 and 2

27th/28th March 2010
Barcelo Hotel, Daventry
Division 3

Rounds 9, 10 and 11

1st to 3rd May 2010
De Vere Venues, Sunningdale
Divisions 1 and 2

1st to 3rd May 2010
Wokefield Park, Berkshire
Division 3

The Hotels page on the website gives further information on the various venues.

Entry Requirements

All entries, whether for existing teams or for new entrants, need to be received together with the appropriate entry fee by Monday 31 August 2009. Entries should be sent to Mike Truran at The Old Farmhouse, 7 Church Street, Ducklington, Witney, Oxon, OX29 7UA. Please make cheques payable to '4NCL' and send along with your entry to Mike Truran at the above address. If you wish to pay your entry fee by BACS, please contact Mike Truran for 4NCL bank details. Please remember that all outstanding default fines, wild card fees etc still outstanding from the 2008/2009 season need to be settled as a condition of entry.

Confirmed team registration lists should be sent to Neville Belinfante by Wednesday 30 September (contact details on the Arbiters page of the 4NCL website). Team captains and managers should ensure that all players are members of the appropriate chess federation on the date of submission of the registration list. Many subscriptions expire on 31 August 2009 and may not be renewed immediately.

Entry fees are as follows. We have held these at 2008/2009 season levels in the light of the prevailing economic environment:

Div 1First teams 300Second, third etc teams 350
Div 2First teams 275Second, third etc teams 325
Div 3First teams 150Second, third etc teams 175

As usual, entry fees entitle teams to nominate up to 16 players (Divs 1-2) and 12 players (Div 3) in their team lists. Nominated players taking team lists over 16 (Divs 1-2) or 12 (Div 3) in total will be subject to the usual registration fee.

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


The prize fund for the 2009/2010 season will increase to 10,625 (2008/2009: 10,150), made up as follows:

Div 1First 3,000Second 1,500Third 750
Div 2First 1,500 Second 750Third 375
Div 3First 1,000Second 500Third 250
Div 3 team rating prize *First 500Second 250 
Best annotated game 250  

* Based on the two highest placed teams with a team average FIDE rating for the season as a whole (and for at least seven matches) of less than or equal to 2000.


The format for the 2009/2010 season will remain the same as for the 2008/2009 season, namely:

  • Divisions 1 and 2 will comprise 16 teams each.
  • Divisions 1 and 2 will comprise two preliminary pools of eight for the first seven rounds, with the two pools in each division of broadly equal strength as determined by the Management Board. The top four and bottom four teams in each preliminary pool will form two final championship/promotion and relegation pools respectively. With regard to the teams in each final pool, only matches played between themselves during the first seven rounds will be carried forward to the final pools (i.e. matches played by teams against teams in the other final pool during the first seven rounds will not be carried forward).
  • Four teams will be relegated from Division 1, four teams will be promoted from Divisions 2, four teams will be relegated from Division 2 and four teams will be promoted from Division 3.
  • Division 3 will be a Swiss format.
You are recommended to read the rules for the 2009/2010 season carefully. Please note in particular the changes to team registration list rules, to default penalty point rules, to tie-break methods and to mobile phone rules and also that the rules now state explicitly that players will be defaulted if they fail to appear within one hour of the start of play.

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.


If there are any points that you wish to discuss further then please get in touch with Claire Summerscale or Mike Truran, contact details for whom can be found on the "Management Board" page of the 4NCL website.

Division 1

Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
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
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
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs