4NCL Women’s League

I’m pleased to be able to confirm that a second weekend of the new 4NCL Women’s League has now been arranged. You can find full details here – http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/womens/information.htm – but in summary the arrangements are as follows —

  1. Date – 25th-26th April 2020; venue – Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport
  2. Please note that because of FIDE regulations relating to our chosen time control you need to have a FIDE rating of below 2200 to be able to play. Also, you need to have an ECF grade of at least 80 (or other national ELO equivalent) to be eligible
  3. You can enter either individually or as a team. The respective entry forms are here – http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/womens/individual.htm [individual entry] and here – http://www.4ncl.co.uk/fide/womens/team.htm [team entry]. We will arrange for those players entering individually to play in teams of roughly equal strength at the weekend
  4. The English Chess Federation has kindly waived the requirement for ENG registered players to be ECF Gold members to play in the league while it is establishing itself
  5. The entry forms allow you to request accommodation at the venue. If you request accommodation, our colleagues at Guaranteed Events will contact you to make the arrangements. Do please stay at the venue and book via the online entry form if at all possible – we have negotiated discounted room rates, and we depend on decent bedroom take-up in order to justify the free playing area that the hotel lets us have
  6. Teams will comprise four players, with reserves allowed
  7. The time limit will be all moves in 60 minutes, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1
  8. The schedule will be as follows -Saturday: Round 1 12:00, Round 2 16:00; Sunday: Round 3 10:00, Round 4 14:00. The round times are designed to allow as many players as possible to travel up on the Saturday morning without having to stay over on the Friday night, and to get home at a reasonable time on the Sunday evening

— Mike Truran