Birmingham 2017

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Date: Saturday 2nd December 2017
Venue: Strathallan Hotel, 225 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 9RY
Admission: £12.50
Start time: 11am (doors open at 10.30)
Presented by: Jeff Clayton and Ben Wilson
Games to be played: 7 (plus the grand FOCAL final)
Finishes by: 5.30pm
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes ♿️

FOCAL is coming back to Birmingham, and that can only mean one thing: it’s the Co:Brum/FOCAL finals double header!

After the busiest ever Countdowning year, just two tournaments remain – Co:Brum and the FOCAL finals – and once more they’ll be happening side by side. While our top 8 battle it out for who can take the title of FOCAL champion for the year, everyone else can compete for the chance to win their own title: Co:Brum champion 2017! And, as a thank you to everyone for helping this be the biggest, most successful Co-event year ever, we’ve lowered the entry fee from last year, and will be re-investing levies into goodies for attendees.

Come along and join us from 10:30am to play seven 9-rounders, before watching (or playing, for 2 of the top 8) the showpiece grand final to decide the FOCAL champion 2017. The event will use a classroom-style format, with the draw done with traditional Swiss pairings after the initial round (as requested by you, the punters, last year).
This year, we’ve decided to theme a little, beyond the standard “It’s a bit Christmassy” vibe, and go for… an “anti-Christmas” theme. Think grinches, bad tempered elves, and fallen stars. We’ll have lots of ways for you to get involved in the unfestivities over the coming months!

Our venue once more is the 4* Hallmark Strathallan Hotel in Birmingham, just a couple of miles from all central bus and rail hubs, and with connections from Birmingham International Airport.

The entry fee is £12.50 including a buffet lunch; please advise upon booking of any special dietary requirements. Refreshments are not included in the price but are available to purchase. To secure your place, send your entry fee to Chris Marshall, FOCAL treasurer, via PayPal to (please remember to select payment to friends and family), or via cheque (address available on request)

Each of the top 8 players will have their entry fee refunded, by way of a prize.

Bookings including the buffet lunch can be taken up and until Wednesday 15th November. After this, entries may still be taken for the full price but players are not guaranteed lunch.

FOCAL have once again arranged for a dinner, bed and breakfast rate to be available for the nights of Friday 1st December and Saturday 2nd December at a rate of £73 per night for single occupancy or £99 per night for double or twin occupancy. You can take advantage of this offer on either or both nights. E-mail to request a booking form, or you can download one from our website.

Hotel room bookings can be taken up to and including Friday 3rd November.

Please feel free to email us at

See you in Birmingham in December!