Club League Tournament Rules


1. Introduction

  • The Derby Chess Club League Tournament is primarily designed to recognise an involvement in club activities, coupled with performance. Unlike some club tournaments it is not designed to identify the strongest player in the club.
  • The Dave Heelan Cup is awarded to the overall winner of the League Tournament.

2. Eligibility

  • Any member, player in a club team or attendee at a club night is eligible to participate in the club League Tournament.
  • Only fully paid club members at the time of the AGM are eligible to be declared a tournament winner.

3. Tournament Duration

  • The League Tournament will run from the first club meeting in the season to the last club meeting prior to the AGM.
  • League Tournament winners will be announced at the AGM.

4. Club Competition Classes

  • To allow some recognition of playing strength differences each player will be assigned to one of three club leagues.
  • Suggested time handicaps are provided for casual games between players of different club leagues. This is optional and not a requirement for games.
  • Players will be assigned to club leagues based on their current ECF chess grade. Ungraded players will be assigned to a club league by the tournament director.
  • The tournament director reserves the right to change the club league assigned to an ungraded player, if in his/her opinion they were incorrectly assigned at the start of the season (or when they joined the tournament).
  • The club leagues are based on the July grading list as follows:
    • League A: ECF Grade 140 or higher
    • League B: ECF Grade 100 to 139
    • League C: ECF Grade under 100
  • Please note that club leagues are not reassessed based on the mid year grading release

5. Club Night Games

  • Any casual game ( excluding blitz see 5.2) games played to the normal rules of chess) between club members may be recorded towards the League Tournament. There is no requirement to agree beforehand.
  • To prevent the abuse of club night games by playing lots of short games, any game ,where both players start with 10 or less minutes on the clock, cannot be recorded towards the League Tournament.
  • All results should be recorded on the appropriate results sheet for that week.
  • The best three results of the night will count towards the League Tournament, with a maximum of two results from one opponent. For the three best results a player will be awarded:
* 3 points for a win
* 2 points for a draw
* 1 point for a loss
  • Points may not be scored for casual games on a night where there is a special club event being played.
  • Points may not be scored for a club member on a night where he also plays in a club match. The games should still be recorded (as an opponent may gain points) but the tournament director will not record points for the player.

6. Time Limits for Club Night Games (optional)

  • Time limits for casual games are provided for optional use at the agreement of both players. They provide a level of handicapping that can reduce the impact of strength differences. It should be emphasised that time controls are purely optional and games can be recorded regardless of the use of time controls.
  • League Tournament games between players in the same club league are played at a rate of 30 minutes each for the whole game
  • For each club league difference, the weaker player gains 10 minutes and the stronger player loses 10 minutes.
    • Group A v B or Group B v C: The weaker player gets 40 minutes and the stronger player 20 minutes
    • Group A v Group C: The weaker player gets 50 minutes and the stronger player 10 minutes

7. Club Matches

  • If a player plays in a club match they will earn League Tournament points based on the result. 9 points will be awarded for a win, 6 points for a draw and 3 points for a loss.
  • The results of club matches will be fed into the League Tournament tables from information provided by the league.

8. Club Special Events

  • Special events are generally played on the first club night of each month, and include the club championship event nights.
  • Points will be awarded for the games played in those events, generally on the basis of between 4–12 points (for minimum and maximum scores respectively)

9. Derbyshire Special Events

  • There are generally three special events held by Derbyshire. The two Cup Nights and the Jamboree. These will each provide between 4–12 points towards the League tournament based on performance.
  • Please note that Jamboree will not count towards the League Tournament if it is held after the Club AGM.

10. Administration and Reporting

  • The tournament director is responsible for collating results and publishing the League Tournament table on a regular basis.
  • The tournament directors decision on any ruling is final.

11. Winning and Tie Breaks

  • An overall winner will be declared as well as individual winners for each league.The winners will be the player with the highest points total.
  • In the unusual event of there being multiple players with same overall highest score there will be a blitz play-off at the AGM, organised by the tournament director.

Kevin Dalley
September 8th 2015