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League and Cup Rules 2009-10

Laws & Registration Details

· FIDE laws of chess apply.
· No smoking in the playing area.
· All players must be members of the club they are representing.
· All players must be ECF members, either direct through the ECF or via  Member Organisation, for example the NCCU
· All games are ECF graded

Fixture Schedules

· If captain’s find they have fixture clashes with other leagues, they should ensure that matches are re-arranged before the start of the season.
· If a team captain wishes to postpone a scheduled match in extreme circumstances (but not because their best players are not available), he has to contact and make know this postponement or cancellation with the opposing team’s captain or representative at least 1 week before the original agreed fixture date.
· Failure to comply with this minimum time limit will enable the opposing team captain to claim the match.

Matches – Rules (league & cup)

· All matches are played over five boards unless otherwise agreed by both captains prior to the match commencing.

· A, B & C Divisions - time control is 35 moves in 75 minutes, then the players receive a further 15 minutes each to finish the game

· D Division - time control is all moves to be played in 90 minutes. A team containing juniors may at the request of that team's captain ask for a time limit of 60 minutes for all moves to be played

Matches – Start of Matches

· All matches are scheduled to start at 7:30pm.
· Choice of colours will be decided by toss of a coin, if a team arrives late then they will automatically lose the toss.
· Clocks can be started at 7:30pm if a player arrives late.
· Any player who has not started their game by 8:00pm may forfeit the game, if the opposing team’s player wishes to claim it.

Grading Rules

· Grading limits are based on teams of 5 boards, defaults as per ungraded limits.
· Any team that fails to comply with the grading limits shall be defaulted 5-0 unless both captains agree to allow these rules to lapse. The grading officer – to whom results are sent – shall require confirmation of such changes.

Grading Limits - League

· The ECF grading list should apply for grading players.
· Division 1 – Unrestricted
· Division 2 – Total board grades MUST NOT exceed 750 (ungraded players count as 150).
· Division 3 – Total board grades MUST NOT exceed 650 (ungraded players count as 130).
· Division 4 – Total board grades MUST NOT exceed 550 (ungraded players count as 110).
· Grading limits are based on teams of 5 boards (defaults as ungraded limits).

Grading Limits – Cup

· Birchall Trophy – unlimited.
· Vaux Tankard  – Total board grades MUST NOT exceed 650 (ungraded players count as 100).

Cup Restrictions

· Players can only play in one cup team during a season.

Cup Tie Breaks

· In the event of a draw in the cup, board count should be used.  Each winning board number should be counted and the lower total should be the winner.  In the event that it is still a tie, the lower graded team will be declared the winner.


· The home team will normally choose the type of clock but a visiting player may request an analogue clock and one will be used if available.  If the visiting player arrives after a digital clock has been started and requests an analogue clock then only the time remaining will be transferred to the analogue clock.

Player of the Year

· Eligibility is 70%


· Please make every effort to follow these rules for the league to run smoothly.
· Captains and players are asked to exercise discretion in the ethos of the competition.