NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE AND DISTRICT CHESS ASSOCIATION
(Approved and formally adopted by the Annual General Meeting of 13th July 2015)
ARTICLE 1 RULES
All games played under the League’s auspices shall be played according to the rules of the E.C.F. and to the F.I.D.E. Laws of Chess except as specified within these rules.
ARTICLE 2 REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
Rule 1 All persons playing for a club must be bona fide members of that club.
Rule 2 No player shall play for more than one club in the League in any one season, in any League competition including the Knockout, unless authorised to do so by the League General Secretary.
Rule 3 a) A representative of each club must send to the League General Secretary before the end of October a list of all players attached to that club and eligible to play during the forthcoming season. Players may be added to the tied list at any time provided that they have not played for any other club during the season.
b) Every player must be a registered member of the English Chess Federation at least at bronze level before he/she can play a fourth game in any competition organised by the Association.
c) All games played by players who are not members of the English Chess Federation at any time in the season shall be liable to a charge for a game fee of an amount decided by the ECF per game played. This will be collected from the clubs represented by such players at the end of the season by the League Treasurer.
Rule 4 There shall be a discount allowed to each team that pays its League fees before a date set at the Annual General Meeting. The amount of the discount shall be reviewed annually.
ARTICLE 3 TEAM COMPOSITION
Rule 1 Before the commencement of the match, the captains shall exchange lists of players in board order. All players’ names and grades must be declared. If this is not possible the potential defaults must be on the lowest boards.
Rule 2a A player may not play on a higher board than a player with a published E.C.F. grade more than fifteen points higher than his/her own except as covered by Article 3, Rules 3 and 4.The ‘shadow’ grading list as circulated by the League General Secretary should be consulted for ungraded players. Until the current
season’s grading list is available, the previous season’s list should be used. The Grader shall be responsible for issuing estimated grades for all ungraded players, and revising them as he/she sees fit, based on the player’s results. In addition to this, the Grader shall not be bound by F grades issued by the ECF if he/she considers his/her own estimate to be more accurate. If the Grader decides to change a player’s estimated grade he/she must give seven days’
notice to the club concerned. (Amended at the sixty-eighth Annual General Meeting, 11th July 2016).
The August grading list published by the E.C.F. shall be used to ascertain players’ grades. The January grading list will not be used except to ascertain grades of players not in the August list.
Rule 2b The penalty for breaking Rule 2a is that the higher graded player playing on the lower board should be classed as ineligible.
Rule 3a A captain may substitute any eligible player for an absent player, except in circumstances covered by Article 9, Rule 1, in order to avoid the risk of loss by default. Such substitution must take place before one hour has elapsed and is irrevocable.
Rule 3b In the event of a team opting to default a board before the match has started, the opposing Captain shall have the right to choose which board shall be defaulted. (Amended at the sixty-eighth Annual General Meeting, 11th July 2016).
Rule 4 The grading limits for teams in each Division shall be as follows:-
Division One No. of players5 Team total grades Open
Division Two No. of players5 Team total grades 725
Division Three No. of players4 Team total grades 520
Division Four No. of players4 Team total grades 460
Division Five No. of players4 Team total grades 400
Minimum Counting Grades
Division One Not applicable
Division Two 120
Division Three 105
Division Four 90
Division Five Not applicable
Regulation of Players
(Concerning players playing for more than one team in the same Division) Division One Players graded no more than 135 may play in more than one team in this division.
Division Two Players graded no more than 135 may play for more than one team in this division.
Division Three Players graded no more than 120 may play for more than one team in this division.
Division Four Players graded no more than 105 may play for more than one team in this division.
Division Five The maximum grade for an individual player in Division Five shall be 125. Players graded no more than 90 may play for more than one team in this division
ARTICLE 4 MATCH ARRANGEMENTS AND DEFAULTS Rule 1 Each team is responsible for arranging its own home fixtures.
Rule 2 A team shall consist of the requisite number of players as appropriate. A team fielding less than the number of players required by the relevant competition shall be deemed to have defaulted any board not filled.
Rule 3 Clocks must be started by 7.40p.m.If a match starts late as a result of the home team not being present at 7.40p.m.,then the away team may direct that
the clocks be adjusted to read as if they had started at 7.40p.m. to take account of the delay.
Rule 4 A game may not be claimed by default until one hour has elapsed from the starting time.
Rule 5 A game shall be scored to any player for whom no eligible opponent is provided. A club failing to keep an appointment shall lose the match by default.
Rule 6 The away team shall have white on the odd-numbered boards except in matches played on neutral ground where the colour on the odd-numbered boards shall be decided on the toss of a coin.
Rule 7 Both clubs are responsible for sending the results including the grades and using the official NSDCA result sheets to the Results Secretary, the General Secretary, the Grading Officer and the Webmaster within seventy two hours of the match being played.
Rule 8 Scores of each game should be recorded either in English algebraic or English descriptive notation by both players in case of dispute.
Rule 9 The use of clocks shall be compulsory and, where available, digital clocks should be used in all matches in the League and Cups. Fischer timings should be used in all matches in the League and in the Cups if possible with the time limit for the game being 75 minutes with an increment of ten seconds for each move made.
The same Fischer timings should also be used in all other competitions conducted by the Association unless digital clocks are not available. In these cases, the clock shall initially be set at twenty-five minutes to five for each player. The time limit shall be all
moves in 85 minutes for each player. The game shall be conducted in accordance with the F.I.D.E. Rules on Quickplay finishes.
Rule 10 The home team is responsible for providing clocks. If they are unable to do so, the secretary of the home club shall notify the official team contact of the visiting team in time to allow the provision of sufficient clocks.
Rule 11 A won game shall score one point, a drawn game half a point, and a lost game no points.
Rule 12 A match shall be considered to be the requisite number of players as appropriate from each of two opposing sides taking part in games of chess at the same venue at a given time – games played at other venues or at the same venue on another date shall be considered void.
ARTICLE 5 FIXTURES
Rule 1 Once the composition of the League has been established, the Annual General Meeting shall appoint a Fixtures Secretary who shall publish a fixture list as soon as is convenient.
Rule 2 The season shall normally run from 1st October to 31st May. Any league games unplayed by the 1st June shall be declared void for both teams concerned unless either club appeals to the General Secretary in the case of any special circumstances as described in Article 7
Rule 3 Where a club has two or more teams in the same division, all matches between these teams must be played before the end of January.
Rule 4 In the event that there is a tie for the Championship of any Division, the title shall be awarded to the team which has accumulated the highest number of game points. If this fails to resolve the tie then the Championship shall be shared.
ARTICLE 6 REARRANGEMENTS
Any club wishing to alter a fixture date must notify their opponent’s official team contact at least three days beforehand. If less than three days’ notice be given (except in the case of inclement weather), the opposing team may insist on the
match taking place on the original date. If this is impossible then the match may be claimed by default. Details of new dates for rearranged matches should be notified to the Results Secretary and the General Secretary by both teams concerned as soon as possible.
ARTICLE 7 DISPUTES
Any dispute must be notified in writing within fourteen days of the said dispute to the Association General Secretary. The General Secretary will decide, dependant on the urgency of the dispute, whether to call an immediate Executive Committee meeting or to refer it to the Honorary President or Chairman or next Executive Committee meeting. Any dispute not notified within fourteen days will not be accepted unless evidence regarding the said dispute, which was not previously available, can be put forward. Both parties to the dispute will be invited to attend any resultant Executive Committee meeting and informed in advance of any complaint made against them.
ARTICLE 8 INELIGIBLE PLAYERS
A team including an ineligible player (i.e. a player who is tied to another club or whose grade makes him/her ineligible to play in that particular team or a player contravening Article 3, Rule 2a) shall have one game point deducted from the team score in that match. This shall be in addition to the game of the ineligible player being scored to his/her opponent irrespective of the result. In the case of an overgraded team, the ineligible player is determined to be playing on the lowest board whose grade exceeds the minimum counting grade by at least the team’s excess over the allowable team grade total. If no such player exists then two points shall be deducted from the offending team’s score. . (Amended at the sixty-eighth Annual General Meeting, 11th July 2016).
ARTICLE 9 DEFAULT PENALTIES
Rule 1 Unless due notification is given to the official team contact of the opposing team, teams shall pay a penalty to the League for each board defaulted.
Rule 2 The nature of the penalties shall be reviewed annually and defined at the Annual General Meeting.
ARTICLE 10 KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS
Rule 1 The Association shall annually hold the following competitions: – (a) A six-board team knockout limited to one team per club; (Amended at the sixty-eighth Annual General Meeting, 11th July 2016).
(b) A five-board team knockout limited to players graded under 150; (c) A five-board team knockout limited to players graded under 130; (d) A four-board team knockout limited to players graded under 110. A player may only play for one team in any Knock-out competition in any one season.
Rule 2 The rate of play shall be the same as in League Competitions.
Rule 3 At regular intervals weeks shall be set aside for matches in the knockout competitions. The final match in each tournament shall be played before the end of May. The Association Results Secretary shall notify all teams of their next knockout opponents, giving them as much notice as possible. Each home team then has the responsibility of confirming the date and venue with the opposing away team.
Rule 4 If a match in the knockout competitions results in a draw, then a board-count shall be taken. If this board-count also results in a draw, then the elimination rule shall be applied. Where a cup match is drawn and cannot be decided on board count or board elimination, because all of the individual games have been drawn, then the team with the lowest overall grade count shall be deemed to be the winners. Where th
e overall grade count is equal then board elimination shall be used until one of the teams wins on grade count.
ARTICLE 11 INFRINGEMENTS
Any infringement of the Association Rules or the Constitution by any player or member club shall be dealt with by the Executive Committee or by a sub committee set up specifically for that purpose by the Executive Committee.