For 2012-13, the tournaments will be re-organised as follows:-
Three competitions – Ward-Higgs, Sinclair & Butler-Thomas.
1/ Ward – Higgs: 10 players per team, all webserver, one opponent per player with two games (one with White one with Black). Entry Fee £15 per team
2/ Sinclair: 8 players per team, all webserver, one opponent per player with two games (one with White one with Black). Entry Fee £12 per Team
3/ Butler-Thomas: 8 players per team, all Postal, one opponent per player with two games (one with White one with Black). Entry Fee £8 per team.
The Ward – Higgs is obviously the Premier competition. If teams cannot manage 10 players, they can play in the Sinclair with 8 players. Also, if a team (like Yorkshire or Sussex) can find 18 webserver players, they can put a first team in the Ward-Higgs and a 2nd team in the Sinclair. An individual player can play in one of the webserver tournaments and the Postal if he/she wishes, but not both the webserver. A county can enter teams for one of the competitions, two of them or all three. Obviously I would prefer them to enter all three!
Neil Limbert will be the overall Tournament organiser but Toni Halliwell will be the Tournament Director once they are up & running. The crosstables would be maintained on the BFCC website. Entry fees can be paid by cheque sent to Neil Limbert (payable to “BFCC”) or pay online via this website: If the Ward-Higgs does not get a minimum of 5 teams, it will not be run. If the Sinclair & Butler-Thomas do not get a minimum of 4 teams they will not be run.
Entries to be received by 30 September with the tournament commencing in October. There will be no promotion/relegation, reserving the Ward-Higgs for the 1st teams of each county. Time Limit for webserver events 10 moves in 35 days; postal events 10 moves in 25 days. Adjudication date 31 August giving 10 months playing time (1 Nov – 31 August) provided I get the tournament up & running in late October.