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Scottish National Online Chess League (SNOCL)
well we got there guys , many thanks to Willie, John and everyone else who got involved today . We had a few hiccups but nothing thats wasnt insurmountable. . Please check the results but i'm sure they were all correct.
Hi Guys
Thanks to all your efforts we have raised £300 for Chess Scotland
thanks to you all
Hi Guys
Thanks to James Keegan who’s pointing out this afternoons blitz , according to is running at 1.00 pm GMT which is for us 2.00 PM BST, so please be careful and register your entry on 12.00 pm GMT/1.00 pm BST and play starts 1.00pm GMT /2.00PM BST as alredy indicated
Congratulations to all the league winners for the first SNOCL tournament. We will be back next year with the same format.
We will defer to the SNCL in order for them to use their dates and will run our event on slightly different dates so OTB and the SNCL is up and running.
Two teams will be promoted/demoted in each division.
Teams captains will be sent a short survey asking for comments and suggestions. If anyone else would like to comment then please contact myself.
SNOCL Champions this year are Bon Accord.

Tournament results here

The Blitz this year was won by Neil Berry so he's the inaugural SNOCL Blitz champion.
Tournament details can be found here

The next event will be a regional chess league possibly on a Sunday or a Tuesday (avoiding the 4NCL) Details to follow and is dependeant on the results of the survey
We could have it as a team challenge with two games in a session or similarly to the SNOCL . Either way we will be using the LMS as the admin service. Any tems or leagues wishing to use the LMS for their own leagues and club championships, please let me know.
Scottish Online Chess Organisation

1. Would you like future events allegro graded by Chess Scotland?

2. Can you comment on the recently completed tournament?

3. Would you like to see more frequent online events?

4. We can run individual / team tournaments on a regular basis , would you or your club be interested in that?

5. We are considering running a regional chess league online , would you be interested in that format and if so would you prefer a weeknight (Monday or Thursday) or on a Sunday? What would your preference be , one game or two (white and Black against the same person) session?

6. Would you participate in a weekend online tournament, as a team or individual?

7. We will be running the SNOCL again next year, any comments or criticisms?

8. We set up the SNOCL this year using , are you happy with that or would you prefer LiChess as the platform provider? One of the reasons for using is that we can have inter team challenges and also set up a chess league using that platform integrated with the League Management System (LMS)

9. What time controls would you like to see used e.g 25+10 was SOCO, 5+2 for Blitz, 10+5 for weekly tournaments At the moment we are considering 10 +2, 20 + 10 for rapidplay and 5 + 2 but would be happy with other suggestions.

10. We are planning to run an individual Blitz tournament once per month , possibly on a Sunday would you be interested in that

11. Please add any comments or suggestions here
Teams for SNOCL and Chess Teams Challenge

Lenzie 2
Paisley 1
Glasgow Montrose 1
Pentland Hills 1
Dundee A 1
Dundee B 1
Dundee C 1
Edinburgh A 1
Edinburgh B 1
Sneaky Stalematers 1
Bon Accord 0
East Kilbride 1
Phones 1
stepps 1
Wandering Dragons 1
Poly 1
Lanark 0
Hamilton 1
Bearsden 1
Troon 1
aberdeen university 1
Govanhill 1
Strathclyde Uni 1

total 22

Chess Teams Challenge
aberdeen university 2
Troon 1 1
Dundee A 1
Dundee B 1
Wandering Dragons 1
Hamilton 1
govanhill 1
Pentland Hills 1
Stepps 1

Total 13
SNOCL and Chess Teams Challenge rules
1. Games will be run on the team format using the teams setup provided by
2. The SNOCL is a five man team event which will run , two rounds per day on a Sunday with dates already mentioned on the Chess Scotland Calendar and Chess Scotland website. The CTC is a four man team played two rounds on the same night between the same players using the teams format.
3. For the Chess Teams Challenge (CTC), there will be two games per player, one Black and one White, Each game will last 20 minutes plus 5 second increment. For the Scottish National Online Chess League, the time control is 25 minutes plus 10 second increment.
4. Games will be screened for fair play by Chess Scotland and graded on the Chess Scotland allegro grading system.
5. The online league will be run based on the existent format of the typical over the board chess league.
6. In the case of a dispute on either tournament, there will be an initial attempt to resolve between the teams by the SOCO committee after the match, failing that an appeals committee shall be set up.
7. Games will be submitted for Chess Scotland Allegro grading.
8. It is envisaged at least one match is played each month, probably two matches per month, preferably during the week although weekend matches would be acceptable.
9. Any teams wishing a practice run should contact me and I will arrange friendlies.
10. If there is sufficient interest over the country then we will regionalise the leagues with a finals format. If not then will compile league based on playing strength.
11. Entries to be sent to Cheques,when applicable , should be made out to SOCO.
12. The management system for the league will be the LMS system operated by the Scottish Online Chess Organisation, administered by Ian Brownlee and Willie Hulme
13. All players will be required to have a user account and join the SOCO club on Anyone joining the SOCO online club should contact myself or Willie Hulme ( using their username, actual name and email address. Anyone aged 21 or under should also supply their year or birth. For the chess teams challenge,
14. Clubs will also be required to set up their own online club at This is to facilitate the automatic challenge between clubs for the Chess Teams Challenge
15. Anyone who has their account suspended for any reason should contact the committee immediately. If the suspension is a result of violating either Chess Scotland or fair play procedures, then all games played by themselves will have the results of their individual games marked as a loss.
16. We reserve the right to transfer teams between leagues according to average playing strength (or similar wording) even if team is due promotion/relegation - to facilitate the smooth and fair distribution of teams / running of the tournament.

17. Lastly, but not by all means least team captains will be responsible for having a good working knowledge of the systems for both tournaments, including ensuring each of their players are able to contact opponents, setting their opponent challenge level to infinity etc. There will be a zoom meeting for team captains to explain these fine details and to offer pre match assistance.
URL to view SOCO league tables , fixtures etc.

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