Call to Arms

The 4NCL requires extra assistance to help us to administer an expanded portfolio of online events during the 2020-21. If you are an arbiter, click here to fill in the application form.


2nd 4NCL Online Congress

 

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 August, 2020

 

Three sections: Open, U2000 and U1700 | Entry Fee: £5 | More here

 

 

   

 

Deadline: Entries close at 6pm on Friday 21 August.


4NCL Online Autumn Congress

 

Tuesday 1 September - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

 

Three sections: Open, U2000 and U1700 | Entry Fee: £7 | More here

 

 

   

 

Deadline: Entries close at 6pm on Tuesday 1 September.


4NCL Online - Pairings & Results - Season 2

Date Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
25/8 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1
Tables Division 1 Division 1 Division 1 Division 1 Division 1

 

 

 

Deadlines: Entry: Tues 11 August, Player registration: Tues 18 August.


Junior 4NCL Online - Pairings & Results - Season 2

Date Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
20/8 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1
Tables Division 1 Division 1 Division 1 Division 1 Division 1

 

 

 

Deadlines: Entry: Thurs 6 August, Player registration: Thurs 13 August.


4NCL Online Fair Play Guidelines

These are the current guideline and rules for fair play in 4NCL Online including a summary of anti-cheating arrangements. The rules are being reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be updated as appropriate based on experience from 4NCL Online and other events ... see full guidelines.

 

Note: The above are the proposed fair play guidelines for 4NCL Online & Junior 4NCL Online for Season 2.


COVID-19 and the 4NCL

We have with great regret decided not to proceed with weekends 4 and 5 of this season's 4NCL, which we had hoped could be held in August and September. Given the continuing uncertainty caused by the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, in our view the financial and operational risks both to the 4NCL and to Guaranteed Events are just too big to run the risk of proceeding at this stage.

 

We will be actively looking at two options for the future:

  1. If over the board chess resumes in an orderly manner and in a way which makes running 4NCL weekends viable by late 2020 we will consider starting the 2020-21 season in November/December 2020 and continuing as normal in 2021. In this event the 2019-20 season would effectively be abandoned (so there would be no promotions or relegations).

  2. If over the board chess does not resume in an orderly manner and in a way which makes running 4NCL weekends viable until 2021 we will consider holding the final two weekends of the 2019-20 season in March-May 2021, effectively 'losing' a season - assuming, that is, that a return to orderly over the board chess is possible even then. Please note that FIDE has given the option for leagues to extend beyond a year, and so any title norm opportunities would still be available in the event of option 2.

If there is a suitable gap in the calendar under option 2, we may look at holding a separate one-off weekend team event at some point.

 

We apologise for the continuing lack of clarity over future plans (other than the clarity that the 4NCL will not now resume until November/December 2020 at the earliest), but the 4NCL Board hopes that 4NCL captains and players will understand the difficulties that we face at present in making anything like informed decisions that do not entail significant risk at a time of such uncertainty.

 

Kind regards,

Mike Truran


     
     
 

Thank you

I just wanted to put on record my thanks to:

  1. The 4NCL team of volunteers who have worked so hard to put together the whole 4NCL Online and Junior 4NCL Online arrangements in just a couple of weeks;

  2. You, the captains, and your players for supporting both events with such enthusiasm.

As you know, we haven't charged an entry fee for playing in either league. One of the captains has suggested that, in return, the members of the 4NCL family could maybe consider contributing to the 'NHS Charities Together Campaign' in aid of the NHS charities COVID-19 appeal as a small thank you for the astonishing work that our NHS staff and volunteers are doing, in many cases risking their own lives every day to save others.

   
   

If you are willing to, please share the donate link with your players.

 

Thank you,

Mike Truran

 
     

 


1st 4NCL Online Congress

 

 

Thank you for participating in this event!

 

Friday 10 - Sunday 12 July, 2020

 

Pairings & Results: Open | U2000 | U1700 | Entries | Information | Games | Winners


Fair Play Article

08.7.2020 - Alex Holowczak has written about Fair Play issues in online chess, with particular emphasis on the experience of the 4NCL over the course of its first 4NCL Online season.

 

The 4NCL is thankful to CHESS magazine, where this article will also be published in its August 2020 edition. You can subscribe to it here.


Online End of Season 1 Winners

Very many thanks to all the teams who participated in the first season of 4NCL Online and Junior 4NCL Online, and congratulations in particular to the following;

 

4NCL Online

Division 1:

Winners - Chessable White Rose 1, runners-up Guildford Young Guns.

Division 2:

Winners - ChessPlus Beta, runners-up Wood Green Youth, also promoted Chessable White Rose 2, St Benildus A, Wessex Some Stars A, Liverpool, Bristol University A, Exeter Honey Badgers.

Division 3:

Winners - Brentwood, runners-up Warwick University B, also promoted West is Best 2, 3 Smarties 1 Tube, Hull Romans, Harrow 2, The Rook1Es, CSC 3.

Division 4:

Winners - Celtic Tigers Cubs, runners-up Chessmates, also promoted Bon Accord B, Kent KJCA Kestrels C, St Benildus B, Hatch End A, Warwickshire Bears A, Clevedon.

Division 5:

Promoted - Hertford, CSC 5, Wirral League Wanderers, St Albans 2, Uxbridge Knights 1, Gonzaga D, Maryport Assassins B, Bolton & Worsley.

 

Junior 4NCL Online

Division 1:

Winners - To Be Decided, runners-up KJCA Young Kestrels A.

Division 2:

Winners - Warwickshire Bears A, runners-up Gonzaga College SJ B, also promoted A6 & Chill, Cambridge Chess & Go A.

Division 3:

Winners - KJCA Young Kestrels C, runners-up 4 Gems, also promoted Stroud Cubs, St Johnís College A.

Division 4:

Winners - KJCA Young Kestrels D, runners-up St Benildus 2, also promoted Woking Warriors, Harrow Juniors C.

Division 5:

Promoted - East Kilbride Knights, Liverpool 2, St Benildus 1, Gonzaga College SJ C.

 

Ranking lists for all divisions in PDF format

1. 4NCL Online

2. Junior 4NCL Online


End of Online Season 1 Report

 

05.7.2020 - Many thanks to John Foley for his detailed account, with annotated games, about the various ChessPlus teams.


Questionnaire Responses

08.7.2020 - The 4NCL is pleased to publish the questionnaire responses received for the 4NCL Online and Junior 4NCL Online. Click these links for the relevant document: 4NCL Online | Junior 4NCL Online


 

     
  Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Cancelled: Easter Congress (9-13 Apr), Women's League (25-26 Apr), 3rd Spring BHol Congress (22-25 May) & Crewe Congress (10-12 July).

 

Cancelled: Weekend 4 (28-29 Mar & 4-5 Apr) and Weekend 5 (8-10 May). More here.

 

Entry forms for the three cancelled congresses and the cancelled Women's League have been withdrawn, and these events will not be taking place as planned given the current pandemic.

 
     

 

 

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