4NCL Women's League 2021-22

We regret to announce that the 4NCL Women's League weekend due to be held on 11-12 December has been cancelled for two (maybe related) reasons:
  1. the increasingly uncertain position regarding Covid;
  2. the relatively small number of entries so far.

We'll try to organise another weekend in the first quarter of 2022.


12th 4NCL Online Congress

 

Friday 10 - Sunday 12 December.

 

Open | U2000 | U1700 | U1400 | Games | Information | Winners

 

 

 

Entries close 5pm Fri 10 Dec.


27th 4NCL OTB Congress

 

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 January 2022, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

 

Open | U2000 | U1700 | Games | Information | Winners | Entry Fee: £30.

 

 

 

 

Main 4NCL 2021-22

Weekend 2, (Rds 3-4): Divisions 1-2, Division 3c & Division 3s, 15-16 January 2022 | More here

 


Celtic Tigers 2 make a perfect start

26.11.21 - Many thanks to Peter Kitchen (Celtic Tigers) for his comprehensive report about their exploits during weekend 1 at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes.


Carlsen plans fast start in Dubai while Firouzja captures his records - Leonard Barden

 

27.11.21 - The world champion aims to exploit Ian Nepomniachtchi’s lack of experience in world title matches, while the French 18-year-old has just broken two of Carlsen’s own landmarks.

 

 
 

   

Magnus Carlsen says he plans a fast start in the opening three rounds of his 14-game, $2m world title match against Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Play starts at 12.30pm GMT throughout the match, which can be followed live and free online, with expert and computer commentaries on every move.

 

Nepomniachtchi will have the favourable white pieces in the first game, whose colours were determined by popping balloons.

 

Carlsen will push for an early lead. “As a reigning champion you have a good chance to strike at the start,” he said. “That’s definitely something I am going to try.”

 

 

Previous cases of first-time challengers who froze include Tigran Petrosian’s disastrous game one in 1963 against Mikhail Botvinnik and Bobby Fischer’s poisoned pawn capture against Boris Spassky in 1972.

 

In the 2018 match Fabiano Caruana was shaky in the marathon first game and should have lost at move 38. Carlsen himself, in his second game against Vishy Anand in 2013, planned the Caro-Kann 1 e4 c6 but nervously knocked over his c7 pawn. However, there are also examples such as in 1927 and 2000 where the challenger scored early and went on to win the match.

 

Diagram: Alexey Shirov v Leinier Domínguez, Wijk 2010. White to move and win. In the game as played, Shirov agreed a draw due to time pressure, so the puzzle challenge is to do better.

 

Read more and see solution...


Main 4NCL Team Entry

 

 

Captains and Managers are welcome to enter teams for the forthcoming season starting 20-21 & 27-28 November. Exact details of dates and venues is here.

 

 

 

 

Please note: All entries, whether for existing teams or for new entrants, need to be received together with the appropriate entry fee by close of play on Sunday 31 October.


Junior 4NCL Team Entry

 

Weekend 2: 29-30 January 2022, Holiday Inn South Normanton.

 

Information & Arrangements

 

 

 

 

2nd 4NCL Online Autumn Congress

 

 

Tuesday 31 August - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

 

Open | U2000 | U1700 | U1400 | Entries | Games | Information | Winners

 


4NCL Online Pairings & Results - Season 4

Date   Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
24 Aug

Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1
7 Sep

Round 2 Round 2 Round 2 Round 2 Round 2
21 Sep

Round 3 Round 3 Round 3 Round 3 Round 3
5 Oct

Round 4 Round 4 Round 4 Round 4 Round 4
19 Oct

Round 5 Round 5 Round 5 Round 5 Round 5
2 Nov

Round 6 Round 6 Round 6 Round 6 Round 6
16 Nov

Round 7 Round 7 Round 7 Round 7 Round 7
30 Nov

Semi-final Semi-final Semi-final Semi-final  
14 Dec   Final Final Final Final  
Tables   Div 1 Div 2 Div 3 Div 4 Div 5

Registration list | Captain or Manager Contacts


Players who have not completed acceptance of the fair-play guidelines are omitted from the published list.

 

  Replay Games | All Games in PGN | Start Rankings

4NCL Junior Online Pairings & Results - Season 4

 

Date

  Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4

19 Aug

Round 1 Round 1 Round 1 Round 1

2 Sep

Round 2 Round 2 Round 2 Round 2

16 Sep

Round 3 Round 3 Round 3 Round 3

30 Sep

Round 4 Round 4 Round 4 Round 4

14 Oct

Round 5 Round 5 Round 5 Round 5

28 Oct

Round 6 Round 6 Round 6 Round 6

11 Nov

Round 7 Round 7 Round 7 Round 7

25 Nov

Semi-final Semi-final Semi-final  

9 Dec

  Final Final Final  

Tables

  Div 1 Div 2 Div 3 Div 4

Registration list | Captain or Manager Contacts


Players who have not completed acceptance of the fair-play guidelines are omitted from the published list.

 

  Replay Games | All Games in PGN | Start Rankings

4NCL Online Fair Play Regulations

 

All players involved in new registrations will need to sign the Fair Play Form for Season 4. Please note that players will not be available for selection until the fair play form has been signed and received. Previous/old registrations roll over.


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