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NCC Entry Form 2012/13 (DOC) | NCC Entry Form 2012/13 (PDF)
Controller – Julie Johnson
The full rules may be found below. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wood Green, Maidstone and Hackney have entered
Maidstone v Farnham [result: Maidstone 2½ - Farnham 2½ (Farnham win on board count); details here]
Bourne End v Gloucester [result: Bourne End 3½ - Gloucester 1½; details here]
Bishop’s Stortford v Bedford [result: Bishop's Stortford 2 - Bedford 3; details here]
Hackney v Ilford [result: Hackney 3 - Ilford 2; details here]
Metropolitan v Wood Green [result: Metropolitan 3 - Wood Green 2; details here]
Athenaeum v Wanstead & Woodford [result: W&W 2 - Athenaeum 3; details here]
Byes: Tunbridge Wells, Bushbury
Next round draw -
Gloucester v Bushbury [result: Gloucester 2½ - Bushbury 2½ (Bushbury win on board count)]
Farnham v Athenaeum [result: Farnham 4½ - Athenaeum ½]
Tunbridge Wells v Hackney [result: Tunbridge Wells 2½ - Hackney 2½ (Hackney win on board count)]
Bedford v Metropolitan [result: Bedford 4 - Metropolitan 1]
Bushbury v Bedford
Hackney v Farnham
Bishop’s Stortford v Bourne End [Bishop's Stortford conceded to Bourne End]
Wanstead & Woodford v Maidstone [result: W&W 2½ - Maidstone 2½ (Maidstone win on board count); details here]
Byes – Ilford & Wood Green
Matches to be played by 31st March
Bourne End v Wood Green
Ilford v Maidstone
Controller: Michael McNaughton, 110 Cavendish Court, Recorder Road, Norwich NR1 1HX
Tel: 01603 632235 Email: email@example.com
Prescot and Knotty Ash (Liverpool)
Wanstead and Woodford
FIRST ROUND DRAW TO BE COMPLETED BY 27 JANUARY 2013
Prescot and Knotty Ash vs Alwoodley[result: Prescot & KA 2 - Alwoodley 2 (Alwoodley win on board count)]
Cosham vs Wanstead and Woodford [Cosham 1 - Wanstead and Woodford 3]
Bishop’s Stortford vs Saxmundham [Bishops Stortford 1 - Saxmundham 3]
Leamington vs Bushbury [result: Leamington 3 - Bushbury 1]
Maidstone vs Hackney [result: Maidstone 3 - Hackney 1]
Detailed results may be found here
Wanstead & Woodford v Maidstone [result: Wanstead & Woodford 2 - Maidstone 2 (Maidstone win on board count); details here]
Alwoodley v Leamington
Maidstone v Saxmundham [result: Maidstone 3 - Saxmundham 1]
Prescot and Knotty Ash v Bushbury [Bushbury conceded, Knotty Ash win]
Cosham v Bishop’s Stortford
To be played on or before the 2nd June
The winners of these first round fixtures will progress to the Championship. However it will be necessary to have a preliminary round to bring the numbers in the championship to four. The losers will progress to the Plate unless they indicate they do not wish to compete, and again two preliminary rounds will be required to bring the number down to four. These pairings will be done after the conclusion of round One.
Six teams entered. Pools A & B were set up with three teams in each. Under an all-play-all system the best team in each Pool became a finalist. The results are summarised as follows:
Harrogate v Louth
113717H 129 Stuart Johnson 1 – 0 Charles Ayton 126 222104E
192948D 128 Andrew Zigmond 0 – 1 John Grasham 107 277724B
118292E 119 Margaret Rowley 0 – 1 Adam Wardlow U/G 222119G
281560G U/G Chris Watt ½ – ½ Cameron Marnoch U/G 286934C
Harrogate lost to Louth 1½ – 2½
Syston v Harrogate
*Syston forfeited match – Harrogate win
Louth v Syston
*Syston forfeited match – Louth win
Louth win Pool A
Bushbury v Fenton
119572E 144 Phil Staley 0 – 1 Rob Taylor 136 273508J
131946C 123 David Molineux ½ – ½ Steve Emmerton 119 266803J
113908D 105 Simon Jones 0 – 1 Geoff Yates 112 147838C
107597E 106 David Buckley 1 – 0 Derek Whitehurst 99 282297A
Bushbury lost to Fenton 1½ – 2½
Forest of Dean v Fenton
255665A U/G Derek Lomax 0 – 1 Rob Taylor 136 273508J
110858L 129 Ray Francis ½ – ½ Steve Emmerton 119 266803J
227191G 100 Ian Jenkins ½ – ½ Jason Plant 110 289301A
281893A 75 Tim Bateman 1 – 0 Derek Whitehurst 99 282297A
Forest of Dean tied Fenton 2 – 2
Bushbury v Forest of Dean
119572E 144 Phil Staley 1 – 0 Derek Lomax U/G 255665A
131946C 123 David Molineux 1 – 0 Ray Francis 129 110858L
113908D 105 Simon Jones 1 – 0 Tim Bateman 75 281893A
107597E 106 David Buckley 1 – 0 Malcolm Wootton 55 161349C
Bushbury beat Forest Of Dean 4 – 0
Fenton win Pool B
THE FINAL – Louth v Fenton
1. In these Rules all references to the National Chess Club Championships or to ‘The Competitions’ shall be construed as referring to any of the Open Chess Club Championship, the Major Chess Club Championship, the Intermediate Chess Club Championship and the Minor Grade Championship, (the ‘sections’ of the Competitions) and any plate tournaments thereof.
2. The competitions are open to chess clubs in Great Britain. For the purposes of these Rules, a chess club is defined as a group of players who play in a competitive team tournament or meet regularly to play chess.
3. The English Chess Federation reserves the right to refuse entry without explanation and return the entry fee.
4. A team will be disqualified if the fee is still outstanding by the end of the first round. No team shall be eligible if the club represented has failed to pay any arrears of fees for an earlier season.
5. Each team shall be representative of one, and only one, chess club. A club may enter more than one team in one or more sections of the Competitions.
6. Teams shall be six-a-side in the Open Championship and five-a-side in the Major Championships and four-a-side in the Intermediate and Minor Grade Championships.
7. Each player in a club’s team, must be a bona fide active member of that club, taking a full part in normal club activities. For the purpose of this rule, a bona fide active member is one who regularly represents the club in competitive matches outside this competition.
If a player does not satisfy the conditions of the previous paragraph but is considered by the club to be a bona fide member taking a full interest in club affairs, the Controller may waive this condition provided that the club so requests in writing before the player’s first match in this competition. Such request must be accompanied by sufficient information to support the claim.
Exceptionally, in the Open Section only, but not in its Plate contest, it is required that every player must have played at least twice for the club concerned in a standard play team event within the UK during the twelve months prior to his/her first match in the Open Section.
A player may play for different teams in different sections of this competition but having played once for any team in a particular section is ineligible to play for any other team in that section. A Championship and its Plate Tournament in the same year constitute one section.
Should the opposing teams wish to challenge the eligibility of a player, the Controller must be notified in writing not later than the third day (Sunday not counted) after the match is played, a copy of such notification being sent to the opposing Match Captain. The Controller may instigate an investigation without having received a complaint.
8. A player who does not have an ECF, FIDE, or other official National published grade will be allocated a grade by the Controller. Before the player’s first match, it shall be incumbent on the Match Captain to check with their local grader and make any other necessary enquiry, so as to provide the Controller with details of the grade he/she last had, if any, and other relevant facts. Failure to clear an ungraded player in advance with the Controller may, at the discretion of the Controller, lead to the player concerned being declared ineligible (see rule 16). Ungraded players will start being re-assessed by the Controller after their first match.
The Controller is empowered to declare a person ineligible to continue playing in a section if he/she is satisfied that the player’s current playing strength clearly exceeds the grading limits.
Teams shall be played in order of current playing strength.
No ungraded player shall play on top board in any section, other than the Open, unless the Controller’s explicit prior permission has been obtained. This shall not vitiate the requirement to play teams in order of current playing strength.
9. Grading limits
In the Major Section the ECF grades (or other effective ratings) of the individual players must all be under 205 and the average grade of the players in the team must be under 175, treating any grade under 125 as 125.
In the Intermediate Section the ECF grades (or other effective ratings) of the individual players must all be under 170 and the average grade of the players in the team must be under 145, treating any grade under 95 as 95.
In the Minor Grade Section the ECF grades (or other effective ratings) of the individual players must all be under 145 and the average grade of the players in the team must be under 120, treating any grade under 70 as 70.
If a team defaults any boards, for whatever reason, the grading allocated to that board or boards shall be the minimum grade allowable for the section concerned. Provided the resulting average grade is below the threshold for that section, the team shall not be treated as over-grade and rule 16 will not apply. If the average grade of the players present is above the threshold for the section concerned, a half point shall be added to the score of the opposing team for each board defaulted, in addition to the point gained for the default.
The most recently published ECF standard play grades will apply at the start of the event and will remain in force for its duration. Rapidplay, regional or local grades shall not be treated as valid published grades for this event, but may be used to assist the controller in allocating a grade. FIDE or other official National published grades are valid and must be converted using the ECF conversion formula for this purpose.
10. (a) The competitions shall normally be run on the “knock-out” principle. The Controller has the discretion to change the format by agreement with the teams.
(b) Early rounds will be zoned to minimize travelling as far as practicable. In the later stages teams must be prepared to travel considerable distances or to play by telephone.
(c) The eight teams in the Open performing best over the last three years will be seeded and these teams will be indicated in the pairing issued for round 1.
(d) The Controller will notify the dates for the completion of rounds in the competition.
(e) The home captain shall offer the visiting captain at least three weekend dates to include a Sunday, within seven days of receiving the notice of pairing, failing which the visiting captain shall inform the controller who may reverse the draw unless the home captain can give a good reason for the delay. By mutual consent matches may be played mid-week.
(f) If the match is not played within the period prescribed by the Controller the home side shall be deemed to have lost unless that club can prove to the satisfaction of the Controller that failure to play the match was caused by default of the visiting side or by circumstances beyond the reasonable control of both clubs, and that there was good reason for the failure of the home side to report the circumstances at the proper time. If satisfied with the explanations, the Controller may give such directions as he/she considers appropriate for the match to be played.
(g) The Finals of all the Club Championships will be held at a date and venue(s) to be announced. The date of the finals shall be published on the competition entry form.
11. (a) Where clubs are more than 100 miles apart the team which is drawn to play away can insist on an intermediate venue provided it is prepared to make all the arrangements and that all expenses, if any, of obtaining a suitable venue shall be shared by the teams concerned. The actual venue must be agreed to by both clubs and should be as near the half-way point as is consistent with the ease of travelling for both teams. In default of agreement the Controller shall determine the venue.
(b) Where clubs are more than 250 miles apart (as the crow flies), or a sea passage intervenes, the match may be played by telephone or via an internet chess server provided both teams agree. However, the semi-finals and finals matches must be played over the board. All Telecom or internet related charges shall be shared by the clubs concerned. Arbiters shall be appointed by both teams and, except as detailed in these Rules, the ECF Rules for such matches shall apply.
12. The rate of play will be 40 moves in 2 hours followed by all moves in 30 minutes. Where DGT electronic clocks are used, the rate will be 40 moves in 100 minutes, followed by all moves in 20 minutes with an extra 30 seconds for each made move. Other rates may be mutually agreed. The time limit for telephone matches will be determined by the Controller.
13. The FIDE laws of Chess at the start of the season shall apply, including Article 10 in regard to quickplay finishes and Appendix D for quickplay finishes in the absence of an arbiter. Any claims or queries relating to these laws, or relating to the rules of the competition, must be made to the section controller within 72 hours of the match, or of the incident that gives rise to the query.
14. Team lists should be exchanged before the toss for colours. The winner of the toss shall take white on the odd boards.
15. Smoking is banned in the playing room at all times.
16 The penalty for playing an unqualified or ineligible player shall be the loss of that player’s game and the deduction of half a point from the score made by the team in the match. In the Major, Intermediate and Minor Grade Sections if the average grade of the players in the team is not within the limit for the competition the team shall be deemed to have lost the match in question.
17. In the event of a tie the result shall be determined firstly by reference to defaulted boards i.e. the winner shall be the team with the fewer defaults. If there are no defaults the match shall be decided by ‘Board Count’, i.e. the winner shall be the team whose total board numbers of games won shall be the lower (subject to any action taken by the Controller under these rules) but if, in a match in which action is taken under Rule 16, that match score is then tied the team playing the larger number of unqualified or ineligible players shall be deemed to have lost. If both teams are equally at fault the other provisions of this Rule shall apply. If board count fails to resolve a tie then the elimination rule shall apply, i.e. the winner shall be determined by disregarding the results of as many of the lowest boards as necessary to secure a result. If all games are drawn the tie will be resolved by an immediate Rapid-play replay, each side having 30 minutes for all moves, with the same players and same opponents but with colours reversed.
18. Both clubs shall send to the Controller to arrive not later than the third day after play (Sunday not counted), a full score as at the close of play showing which team had the first move and number of each board together with the names of the players and their grades where known. Both teams shall also confirm that their players were eligible under these rules.
19. All letters and notices relating to these competitions shall be sent by first class mail or e-mail.
20. A decision and interpretation of these Rules by the Section Controller may be appealed against to the Chief Controller. A fee of £10 shall accompany the appeal to be refunded if the appeal is successful. This appeal must be sent within 72 hours of the Section Controllers decision. The Chief Controller may refer the decision to the Tournament Chief Arbiter. The decision of these officers is final and binding on all parties.
21. Any team which withdraws from a Competition or defaults a match will be required to pay all costs incurred by their opponents in the cancelled match and unless they can show that it was due to circumstances entirely beyond their control will forfeit prize money already won.
22. For those clubs which state no later than the conclusion of the first round that they wish to participate, Plate Tournaments will be held for clubs eliminated in the first round of each section. All the foregoing Rules shall apply to the respective Plate Tournaments. A club receiving a bye into the second round of a Championship has the option of remaining in that Championship or entering the relevant Plate Tournament, such option to be exercised by written notice to the Controller before the date prescribed for the completion of the first round. If no notice is received the club is deemed to have elected to remain in the Championship.