3 & 4: 9-10 Nov, 2019
Divisions 1 & 2: 29 Feb-1 Mar, 2020
These guidelines are intended to
advise team captains on the interpretation of
Rule 8 which will be applied to the first
weekend of the 2019-20 season.
Owing to a potential clash with
the European Club Cup, for which Division One of
the 4NCL is a qualifying competition, it has
been found necessary to delay the first weekend
of Division One, and for logistical reasons
Division Two, until February.
These guidelines have no impact on squads
who do not have teams competing in both
Division One or Two, and also in either
Division Three or Four.
For the purposes of the definition of a
round in Rule 8, Rounds One and Two of
Divisions One and Two are taking place after
Rounds Three to Six. This ensures that when
all divisions play on the same date they are
playing the same round, making things
simpler for all concerned by reducing the
number of rounds to which these guidelines
Teams are expected to comply as far as
possible with the board order rules between
teams in Rounds One and Two, despite the
disparity in date.
When selecting teams for the 9/10 November
weekend, affected squads are expected to
make a reasonable allowance for
unavailability of players on the 29 Feb
Captains are reminded of the provisions of
Rule 9.6, that where a squad has teams
playing on 9/10 November teams must be
entered by 7 November for all that squad's
teams, and also that no player may play on
both 9 November and 29 February, or 10
November and 1 March.
We recognise that it would be possible to
list players in November to play for a
Division 1 or 2 team in round one or two
with the intention of strengthening a
Division 3 or 4 team but no intention of
their playing on 29 February / 1 March.
Captains are advised that the Management
Board will be monitoring this, and reserve
the right to apply any penalty it sees fit
for flagrant or premeditated breach of the
spirit of the rules, as provided for in Rule
In view of the lesser availability of
players, considerable leniency will be
exercised where a Division One or Two team
breaches the second sentence of Rule 8.4
(exception to 80-point rule) in respect of a
player whose presence is required to meet
the requirements of Rule 1.2 or 1.3
Leniency will also be exercised where an
intended board order becomes invalid due to
changes in rating between the November and
February FIDE rating lists.
No penalty will be applied to higher
division teams for a breach of Rule 8.3
(80-point rule) between teams. Any penalty
will be a game point penalty applied to the
lower division team involved. The fact that
this penalty will be retrospective is a
regrettable side-effect of the situation in
which we find ourselves.
No penalty will be applied under Rule 8.9
(default to be in lowest team) should a
squad default boards in the lowest team
playing on 29 Feb or 1 Mar.
Captains seeking guidance on specific cases
should contact the Chief Arbiter.
Dave Thomas, 4NCL Chief