4NCL Online

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Phil Neatherway
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4NCL Online

Post by Phil Neatherway » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:47 am




4NCL Online

24.3.20 - We're hoping to set up a new 4NCL online chess league very soon (the next couple of weeks latest) - named, funnily enough, 4NCL Online.



4NCL Online will be based not only on existing 4NCL teams who are interested in participating, but also any new teams that wish to apply to join the league including existing OTB clubs across the four nations.

The format will be a (probably) regionally based group stage, after which the top teams from each group will qualify for a final stage.

Matches will be between teams of four players using (probably) a 45 mins/15 sec time control.

Matches will take place on weekday evenings at around (probably) fortnightly intervals.

The exact format will depend on numbers of teams entering.

There's no entry fee, and (if funds permit) we'll arrange some trophies for winning teams.

If you're interested in entering a team/teams, could you please let Mike Truran know as soon as you can so that we can get an idea of likely interest?



Any thoughts on formats or other arrangements would be very welcome.

Douglas Vleeshhouwer
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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Douglas Vleeshhouwer » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:06 pm

Clubs have also started to set up teams on chess.com and lichess.org:
https://www.englishchess.org.uk/chess-clubs-online/

If any would like to play a club match against Beverley, please let me know.

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Douglas

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by John Foley » Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:26 pm

The 4NCL welcomes entries to its new online national league 4NCL Online.

4NCL Online is open to all any teams who are interested in participating, and not just existing 4NCL teams.
1. 4NCL Online will be played on a divisional basis, with teams allocated to divisions based on strength and with promotion and relegation between the various divisions.
2. Matches will be between teams of four players using a 45 mins/15 sec time control.
3. Matches will take place each week at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings.
4. There is no entry fee.

The rules for the competition can be found here: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/4NCL_online_rules.pdf

The entry form can be found here: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/4nclonline.htm

Entry will be open until midnight on Friday 3 April. 4NCL Online will run on Tuesday nights, starting on Tuesday 7 April.

Once you have entered, you will receive a user guide together with your username and password for the 4NCL software. You will then be able to:
1. Register your players for your squad, which will need to be done by midnight on Saturday 4 April.
2. Input your team lists for Round 1, which will need to be done by Monday 6 April at 7:30pm in accordance with the rules linked above. In advance of this, the 4NCL intends to publish the format and the team pairings on Sunday 5 April. The 4NCL will publish the board pairings at 6:30pm on Tuesday 7 April.

4NCL Online will be played on Lichess. Instructions for creating your account and initiating games of chess against the right opponent on Lichess can be found here: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/data/Guide_to_Pla ... ichess.pdf

If you have any other questions, please contact Alex Holowczak on alexholowczak@gmail.com.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Nick Burrows » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:12 pm

Teams so far. A gold star for anyone who can guess the final total. 40 so far - I say 76.

Runners & Riders @ 01 April 2020 13:09

Squad or Team Name No. of Teams
1 Abergavenny and Friends 1
2 Anglia Avengers 2
3 Barbican 4NCL 1
4 Beverley Vikings 1
5 Bradford DCA Knights 2
6 Chess Warriors 1
7 Dorking 1
8 Doughnuts of Doom 1
9 Dundee 1
10 Four Horsemen 1
11 Grangemouth Giants 1
12 Guildford Young Guns 1
13 Hatch End 2
14 Hull Romans 1
15 Malpas and Oswestry 3
16 MCS Oxford Juniors 1
17 Mushrooms 2
18 Northumbria Vikings 1
19 Phones Pals 1
20 Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg 1
21 Schach Attack 1
22 Spirit of Atticus 1
23 The Full Ponty 1
24 Throw In The Tal 1
25 Warwickshire Bears 2
26 Watford Juniors 2
27 Wessex Some Stars 2
28 West is Best 2
29 Weston Super Mare 1
30 Young Dragons 1

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:19 pm

Well, if I must, I would have to guess 64.

I am impressed by the numbers so far, I must say; and to state the obvious, we are all very grateful to Alex for undertaking this extra role of organising the event.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Nick Burrows » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:43 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:19 pm
I am impressed by the numbers so far, I must say; and to state the obvious, we are all very grateful to Alex for undertaking this extra role of organising the event.
Yes, many thanks to all of those behind this initiative. Gives us sorry souls something to break the monotony..

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Roger Lancaster » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:19 pm

I suspect the previous guesses may be too low - I'd expect a number of clubs still to be working out whether to enter, say, two teams or three and to leave that decision until the slower members of their clubs signify availability or otherwise. And yes, I'd certainly like to add my thanks to the others who have already expressed their appreciation.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Phil Neatherway » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:39 pm

Last time I heard from Captain Tim, there will be 4 Oxford teams.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:36 pm

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:19 pm
I suspect the previous guesses may be too low - I'd expect a number of clubs still to be working out whether to enter, say, two teams or three and to leave that decision until the slower members of their clubs signify availability or otherwise.
That's certainly true in my case. I was told that it would be preferred if I leave registering until I'm sure of the exact number of teams.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Nick Burrows » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:05 pm

83 - amazing! Most likely more teams than the 4ncl proper. Very curious to see how it is structured.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:11 am

Nick Burrows wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:05 pm
83 - amazing!
Might be only 81, with University of Warwick counted twice.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:04 pm

From Facebook:

Alex Holowczak
37 mins ·
The website hasn't been updated yet, but after a flurry in the last few minutes, there are now 100 entries for 4NCL Online. The deadline to enter is midnight tonight!

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Carl Hibbard » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:27 pm

I could do with a 4NCL game to break the boredom if anyone needs a rabbit?
Cheers
Carl Hibbard

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Paul Cooksey » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:40 pm

If you'd asked me to guess at the start I would have massively underestimated the likely number of entries, influenced by my own lack of enthusiasm. I like playing online blitz for fun, and I like playing seriously OTB. Somehow this seemed neither fish nor foul.But seems I am in a minority, which is a good thing.

I guess covid-19 is special circumstances. But still, maybe more demand for online events than I had previously thought.

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Re: 4NCL Online

Post by Nick Burrows » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:44 pm

I suspect that whenever evening league chess resumes, it will be negatively impacted by this exciting new initiative.

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