4NCL On-Line Season 4
The 4th season of on-line 4NCL team events commences on 24/08/2021.
In season 2 there were 218 teams, arranged in divisions each (except for the lowest) made up of four 8-team all-play-all groups, providing 4 teams for a knock-out final stage. The lowest division was run as a simple Swiss event.
In season 3 there were 258 teams, these teams being arranged in 7 divisions. Divisions 1 to 6 were of 32 teams, while Division 7 was of 66 teams. The idea of sections had been scrapped, with each Division being run initially as a 7-round Swiss tournament, followed by a final knock-out phase among the top four teams.
In the new season, season 4, teams are down to 182, presumably due to clubs anticipating a return to a moderate amount of over-the-board local league chess. The format has therefore reverted to that used in season 2. There are five divisions. Each of the first four divisions consists of four 8-team all-play-all sections providing 4 teams for a knock-out final stage. The fifth division is a simple 54-team Swiss event.
This time there are 13 Yorkshire-based teams, 3 less than last season;
Chessable White Rose still has 3 teams;
Hull & Beverley Romans are now Hull and East Riding Romans, still with 2 teams;
Bradford Knights have dropped one team, now having only 2 teams;
the Chessmates team has vanished;
Darnall & Handsworth (Sheffield) still has 1 team;
the Sheffield Deaf team has vanished, the players involved perhaps joining Deaf England;
St Andrews White Cross has dropped a team, now having just 1 team;
Eagle and Child (York) still has 1 team;
Hebden Bridge has added an extra team, now having 3 teams.
To the above 13 teams may be added, as a (symbolically) Yorkshire-based team, the new “Sheffield Uni 70‘s Graduates” team. This has arisen from the Sheffield University 1970s Alumni team which recently played an on-line match with the current Sheffield University players (for which see here on the Sheffield & DCA website), and is the brainchild of Charlie Higgie.
The 14 teams mentioned take their places in the overall competition structure as follows: