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There are a number of matters that I wish to bring to your attention on behalf of the Board.
1. Paul Littlewood has resigned as 4NCL Chairman after many years of hard work. Paul has been instrumental in developing the 4NCL over the years to its present position as the pre-eminent team tournament in the UK, and I’m sure that everyone will join me in thanking him for his invaluable contribution.
I’m extremely pleased to have been appointed as the new 4NCL chairman and look forward to working with the board to ensure that the 4NCL continues to be the most prestigious team event in the UK.
2. 2007/8 season rules as published on the website have now been signed off.
3. A new junior 4NCL is due to be launched in the 2007/8 season. Designed to introduce new players to the 4NCL structure, it will provide excellent opportunities for juniors to compete in a high quality long-play championship, mix with the best players in England and receive top class coaching. Full details will be available on the 4NCL website shortly.
4. Following the survey that took place a few months ago we can confirm that there will be no change to time controls in the 2007/8 season.
5. We can announce that the proposed changes to 4NCL format for the 2008/9 season have been confirmed:
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. 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). Division 3 will be a Swiss format (similar in structure to the current Division 4, i.e. six players per team, no gender requirement etc).
The two principal reasons for introducing the new arrangements are to:
6. The 4NCL will be supporting 4NCL qualifying teams participating in the 2007 European Club Cup 2007 with a bursary of £1,000 per team up to a maximum of three teams. The Club Cup is being held in Antalya, Turkey 2nd–10th October 2007.
- Reduce the space pressure on venues based on a more equal split between the number of players at each weekend.
- Allow a faster track promotion route for new strong teams entering the league by taking one year out of the current cycle.
Claire Summerscale (4NCL Chairman)
Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
Barbican 4NCL 2
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent
Warwickshire Select 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
Poisoned Pawns 2
Celtic Tigers 1
White Rose 2
FCA Solutions 1
Sambuca Black Sheep
Cambridge Univ. 2
Warwickshire Select 2
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
Braille Chess Assoc.
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2