by Peter Jordan

The National Inter-Club Knock-Out competition, affectionately known as the NICKO, is the premier and most popular event for club teams in England. It is open to teams-of-four from all EBU-affiliated clubs. Matches are mostly played in people's homes, and it is usual for the home team to provide refreshments thereby creating a sociable atmosphere. The early rounds are of 24 boards and regionalised so that teams don't have too far to travel. Every team that enters is guaranteed at least two games since losing the first match qualifies the team for the parallel competition for the NICKO plate. Green points are awarded for all matches won.

Why not enter one or more teams from your club? There is no limit to the number of teams from any one club, but teams should consist of bona fide club members.

Please consult the full details in the 2010-2011 EBU diary on pages 22/23 and the entry form on the EBU website. Closing date for entries is 20 September 2010.

Peter Jordan