We have just had confirmation from Wokefield Park that, as expected, the damage caused by the recent fire has proved so significant that they will not be able to accommodate our congress at the end of November and the congress has to be cancelled.


Guaranteed Events will be contacting entrants shortly to arrange for the refund of bedroom bookings and we will also be arranging for the return of entry fees in the near future (please allow few days for this).


Many thanks for your support – it’s much appreciated. We will keep you updated about future 4NCL congresses (our next two are at Mercure Hotel Wetherby at the start of January and at Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport at the end of January) – details for the latter on this website soon - Mike Truran.





5th FIDE Congress



Fri 27 – Sun 29 November 2015


De Vere Venues Wokefield Park,

Goodboys Lane, Mortimer,

Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3AE


Hotel website


Three Sections:


FIDE Rated Open

FIDE Rated U1900 (U160)

ECF Under 125


Prize fund £2,250


A section of Wokefield Park has been damaged by fire: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-34794497

Please do not to enter the congress for the time being until we have confirmed the position with Wokefield Park.







You can pay your entry fee by credit or debit card or through PayPal (GM's & IM's have free entry).









Either enter online (preferred) or download the entry form and return with entry fee cheque as soon as possible to:


Mike Truran, The Old Farmhouse, 7 Church Street, Ducklington, Witney, Oxon OX29 7UA.


Please make cheques payable to: 4NCL





FIDE Open: Open to all players. Prizes - 1st £400; 2nd £200; 3rd £100 - plus best performance prize of £50 each.

Entry fee £30 (£25 for hotel guests)


FIDE Rated U1900 (U160): Open to (1) players rated Under 1900 FIDE AND below 160 ECF; (2) players without a FIDE rating graded below 160 ECF. Prizes - 1st £400; 2nd £200; 3rd £100 - plus best performance prize of £50. Entry fee £30 (£25 for hotel guests).


ECF U125: Open to players graded below 125 ECF.   Prizes - 1st £400; 2nd £200; 3rd £100 - plus grading prize of £50. Entry fee £35 (£30 for ECF Silver or above members or hotel guests, £25 for ECF Silver or above members and hotel guests)





Discounts: GMs / IMs free, FMs and female players half price. GMs please contact  for other conditions.


Late Entries: Entries may be accepted on the day subject to availability and payment of a £10 surcharge.


Entry Forms: Completed entry forms, together with the appropriate entry fee (payable to “4NCL”) should be sent to Mike Truran at The Old Farmhouse, 7 Church Street, Ducklington, Witney, Oxon OX29 7UA or emailed to  (in the latter case, please contact Mike for bank transfer payment details).



Playing Schedule:



































A ½ point bye may be taken in rounds 1–4.


Time Control: All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 second increment per move from move 1. Re-pairing will take place 30 minutes after the start of a round. Players will be defaulted 30 minutes after the scheduled start of a round.



Grades and Ratings


FIDE ratings from the November 2015 list will be used for the FIDE-rated sections and ECF grades published in the August 2015 list will be used for the U125 section and unrated players in FIDE rated sections. If necessary players will be transferred between sections to take account of rating/grading movements after date of entry (see below).


The FIDE Open and the FIDE rated U1900 (ECF 160) sections will be both FIDE rated and ECF graded. The ECF U125 section will be ECF graded.


Players without a current FIDE rating or ECF grade must give details of estimated playing strength, including any previously held grading, or current grading from another body.


Ungraded or unrated players may not win a grading prize and, with the exception of the FIDE Open, may only win 50% of any other prize.





English players must be ECF Gold or Platinum members in the FIDE Open and FIDE U1900 (ECF U160) sections. There is a £5 discount for ECF Silver or above members in the ECF U125 section.


Prizes may be changed subject to numbers of entries.


The 4NCL reserves the right to transfer players between tournaments at any time.




De Vere Venues Wokefield Park [Gallery]

All pairings will be made using FIDE Swiss pairing rules using Swiss Manager.


The submission of an entry form and payment of the entry fee denotes acceptance that the 4NCL’s decision is final in all matters.


The 4NCL reserves the right to refuse any entry without explanation.





The following rates have been negotiated with Wokefield Park.


£32.50 BB per person per night (based on two sharing)

£55.00 BB per person per night (single occupancy)

£50.50 DBB per person per night (based on two people sharing)

£73.00 DBB per person per night (single occupancy)


Please use the entry form to let us know your accommodation requirements. Our partners Guaranteed Events will contact you to confirm arrangements.



How to Get There






The link http://bit.ly/1OZQsAc gives information about travel to and from the hotel:







Control Team


IA Matthew Carr, NA Tim Dickinson, IA David Eustace





The 4NCL accepts no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of anyone attending this event.



© 4NCL


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