Hull 4NCL International Congress

in partnership with the Hull & District Chess Association

and incorporating the 56th Hull Congress




Fri 1 - Sun 3 November 2019


The Royal Hotel Hull,

170 Ferensway, Hull,

East Yorkshire, HUI 3UF.


Hotel website


Three Sections


FIDE Rated Open

FIDE Rated U2000 (U175)

ECF Under 135


All sections - five rounds


Prize fund £3,300



Congress Pairings & Results: Open | Major | Minor | Prizewinners | Entrants | Replay | Photos






FIDE Rated Open: Open to all players.


1st £500; 2nd £250; 3rd £120; 4th £80; best performance prize of £50; best junior performance prizes £60 and £40.


Entry fee £30 (£40 incl. pay to play fee – see Notices section below).



FIDE Rated U2000: Open to (1) FIDE rated players rated below 2000 FIDE; (2) players without a FIDE rating graded below 175 ECF *


1st £500; 2nd £250; 3rd £120; 4th £80; best performance prize of £50; best junior performance prizes £60 and £40.


Entry fee £30 (£40 incl. pay to play fee – see Notices section below).


* If FIDE rated players also have an ECF grade, their ECF grade must be below 175.



ECF U135: Open to players graded below 135 ECF.


1st £500; 2nd £250; 3rd £120; 4th £80; grading prize of £50; best junior grading prizes of £60 and £40.


Entry fee £30.00 (£37.50 incl. pay to play fee - see Notices section below).




No player may win more than one prize. All place prize money will be shared equally between tied players.


The method for allocating grading prizes can be found in the Terms and Conditions.


Discounts: GMs / IMs free, FMs 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).





The first 20 juniors (U18 on 1 November 2019) to enter receive free entry to the section of their choice if they wish.


Eligible juniors should use the online junior entry form if they wish to avail themselves of this.



Social Events


There are two planned social events taking place during this congress. Click here for details and how to take part.



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 October 2019 list will be used for the FIDE-rated sections, and ECF grades published in the August 2019 list will be used for the U135 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 FIDE U2000 sections will be both FIDE rated and ECF graded. The ECF U135 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 best performance prize and, with the exception of the FIDE Open, may only win 50% of any other prize.





In all FIDE rated sections or events there is a pay to play fee of £10 for players registered with FIDE as English who are (a) Silver or Bronze ECF members or (b) non-ECF members.


In the U135 section there is a pay to play fee of £7.50 for players who are not ECF Silver, Gold or Platinum members or who are non-ECF members.


Prizes may be changed subject to numbers of entries.


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


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.





These rates have been negotiated with The Royal Hotel, Hull.

£35.00 BB per person per night (based on two sharing)

£47.00 BB per person per night (single occupancy)

£55.00 DBB per person per night (based on two people sharing)

£67.00 DBB per person per night (single occupancy)





The Royal Hotel Hull is located in the heart of the city centre, connected to Hull Paragon Train and Bus Station and within easy reach of the M62 motorway.



How to Get There


Click here for information about travel to and from the hotel.





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



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