4NCL Women's League



Sat 25 Sun 26 April 2020


Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport - NEC

Coventry Road, West Midlands,

Birmingham, B26 3QW.


Hotel website





25-26 April 2020.


Venue and Directions

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport - NEC, B26 3QW | Directions


The venue is disability-friendly (wheelchair accessible, lifts available, disabled loos etc.).


Rating and Grades

No player, whether entering individually or as part of a team entry, may have a FIDE rating in excess of 2199 in the month in which the relevant weekend is held. Any player entering as an individual rather than as part of a team entry needs to have had an ECF grade (or other international or national Elo equivalent) of 80 or higher in the last ten years. All games will be submitted for both FIDE rating and ECF grading.





Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport _NEC


Players may enter either individually or as a team.



Individual entry (15.00)


Team entry (50.00)


Players entering individually will be placed in teams of roughly equal strength at the weekend.


Team entries should register at least four players, but no more than six players, with an average ECF grade of at least 70 (or other international or national Elo equivalent). The four highest-graded players in the team must have an average ECF grade of at least 80 (or other international or national Elo equivalent).



Individual trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


ECF Membership Requirements

The English Chess Federation has waived the requirement for ENG registered players to be ECF Gold members to play in the 4NCL Women's League while it is establishing itself.



The entry forms allow players and/or team captains/managers to request accommodation at the venue. Entry forms are forwarded automatically to Guaranteed Events, who will contact players and/or team captains/managers to confirm accommodation arrangements. In the event of any booking queries please contact the Guaranteed Events call centre using the following contact details:


08000 346 246 (free phone number);

01656 747 700 (9 lines).


Bedroom rates are as follows



39.50 BB per person per night (based on two sharing); 69.00 BB per person per night (single occupancy); We encourage players to stay at the venue and book via the online entry form if at all possible - we have negotiated discounted room rates for the 4NCL Women's League, and we depend on decent bedroom take-up in order to justify the free playing area that the hotel provides us with.


Playing Arrangements

Teams will comprise four players, with reserves allowed. The time limit will be all moves in 60 minutes, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.


The playing schedule will be as follows


















Players will be defaulted if they arrive at the board more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start of a round.


General Terms

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


The 4NCL is unable to act in loco parentis for children and is not able to take responsibility for any child's actions, or for the actions of anyone that may affect a child. Parents/guardians/teachers, as appropriate, agree to the terms and conditions as set out in this entry form as a condition of their entry. Parents/guardians/teachers are responsible for the children in their charge throughout the entire duration of this event.


No food or drink not purchased in the hotel may be consumed on the premises. The definitive format of the league will be determined once the number of entries is known. In submitting an entry form and entry fee team organisers, parents/guardians/teachers and participants agree to all terms and conditions included in this document and in the rules.




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