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4NCL ...

The 4NCL - or "Four Nations Chess League" to give it's full title - is the country's foremost chess league involving teams from all over the land.


Although teams can be formed by using players from anywhere throughout the world - with some sides recruiting (and paying for) a full team of top Grandmasters to represent them - 3Cs are proud that they field teams which are mainly comprised of players who are genuine club products and have progressed via the club's own coaching system.


Since it began in 1978 the main policy of 3Cs has never been to just win but moreso to encourage young players to develop their skills at the chess board. To that end the club encourages its yougsters to compete at a level which provides them with appropriate oppostion to test their own current ability and thus our second team in the 4NCL often features many of the club's young players who can gain benefit by facing some vastly experienced opponents in a competitive situation.


3Cs also formerly organised a third team in the main 4NCL event but with the advent of a Junior 4NCL competition they have now entered a team in that league so as to give their youngsters an early opportunity of playing quality matches.  Further information of the team can be found on the "Junior 4NCL" page of this website.

3Cs - 4NCL League Positions


Season              1st team                  2nd team                    3rd team


1999-00            Div 2  11th                      x                                 x

2000-01            Div 2    7th                      x                                 x

2001-02            Div 2    6th                      x                                 x

2002-03            Div 2    2nd               Div 3  Champions            x

2003-04            Div 1    6th                Div 2  12th                       x

2004-05            Div 1    9th                Div 3  12th                       x

2005-06            Div 1  11th                Div 4  14th                       x

2006-07            Div 1  10th                      x                                  x

2007-08                   x                                x                                 x

2008-09                   x                                x                                 x

2009-10            Div 3   3rd                        x                                 x

2010-11            Div 2  14th                Div 3  28th/44                 x

2011-12            Div 2  12th                Div 3  43rd/44                 x

2012-13            Div 2   3rd                 Div 3  26th/49                 x

2013-14            Div 1  14th                Div 3  43rd/63                 x

2014-15            Div 2  Champions            x                                 x

2015-16            Div 1   9th                 Div 3N  7th                       x

2016-17            Div 1   4th                 Div 3N  4th                Div 3N  18th

2017-18            Div 1   9th                 Div 3N  4th                Div 3N  15th

2018-19            Div 1   9th                 Div 3N  3rd                        x

2019-20            League abandoned due to Covid pandemic

2020-21            League abandoned due to Covid pandemic

2021-22                   x                                 x                                  x

2022-23                   x                                 x                                  x


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