Proposal: Anglian Avengers intend to field a 2nd team in the 4NCL, commencing in the 2022-23 season.
The 2nd team will play alongside the existing 1st team, which will (hopefully) retain its 2nd Division place. The 1st & 2nd teams will form a combined squad.
Division: The 2nd team will play in either the 4th Division South or the 4th Division Central (TBA).
Venue & Location: The 3rd & 4th Divisions South typically plays at Milton Keynes or Maidenhead. The 3rd & 4th Divisions Central typically plays at Leamington Spa. These events will take place at a separate venue/weekend to 1st & 2nd Divisions – to avoid capacity issues at the hosting venues.
Schedule: 11 rounds per season spread over 5 weekends, 1 round per day.
Time-limit: 100mm/40 moves + 50mm +30spm
Conditions: International standard & FIDE rated
Suitability: The 2nd team is intended for anyone who would enjoy and benefit from playing in an event conducted to FIDE (international) standards – especially those who may not meet the increasingly stringent criteria for inclusion within the 1st team. There is no minimum rating requirement. However, players above 2200 (ECF/FIDE) will normally be directed at the 1st team.
Juniors: are particularly encouraged to participate in the 2nd team. In the 2021-22 season, Anglian Avengers fielded one junior per round. In the 2022-23 season, we propose to field typically 4 juniors per round: one junior within the 8 board 1st team, and three juniors within the 6 board 2nd team.
Costs: 4NCL team entry fees are distributed across squad members, based upon participation. In 2021-22, the entry fee was £160 per team for the season. As there are 8 boards in the 1st team, this means that would mean that a squad member who played in all 11 rounds would be expected to pay a £20 board fee for the season. (Accommodation, transportation & meals etc are at the players’ expense.)
Feedback: on the above proposal is much appreciated. I am particularly interested in hearing from those who feel that the mooted 2nd team will significantly improve their opportunity and/or interest in participating in the 4NCL for Anglian Avengers.