The Cannock & District Chess League

2022-2023 League Officers

President, Records & Tournament Secretary: Steve Whatmore

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Vice-President & General Secretary: Peter Oliver 

E-mail address:

Treasurer: Eunice Dolan

Publicity & Promotions Officer: Ray Dolan

E-mail address: - mobile 07980101744

Staffordshire Delegate: Peter Evans 

ECF Delegate: vacant 

Rules & Disputes Sub-committee: Steve Whatmore, Peter Oliver & Stephen Smithson 

Webmaster: Steve Whatmore (original website set up by Matt Carr)







League Rules for 2022-2023 Season

Competition Rules for 2022-2023 (agreed at 2022 AGM):

1. Teams shall consist of four players and must be played in descending order of rating strength. This includes all players - whether they have actual ratings, or estimated ratings as they are unrated or have a 'P' (partial) rating.

2. Away teams to play with the white pieces on odd numbered boards.

3. Clocks to be started at 7.15pm or 7.30pm depending on home team’s start time.

4. Time control: All moves to be made in 80 minutes (It has been agreed that Division 4 teams will play all moves in 60 minutes due to the higher number of school age players).

In all games, a player who fails to start play within 1 hour of the agreed start time will lose by default.

5. Game points: 1 point scored for a win, ½ point for a draw.

6. Match points: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.

7. All games must be decided on the occasion of the match.

8. Match results must be recorded on the ECF LMS system within 2 days of the match.

9. Changes of fixtures must be notified to the Records Secretary ASAP. The new date and time for the fixture must be agreed with the Records Secretary.

10. Where a club has two teams in any division, a player (including lower team reserves) may not play for both teams.

11. Players may play for one club only in a given division. If a player wishes to play for another club in the same division, the player must notify the Records Secretary in writing giving at least 14 days’ notice before their first match for the new club. Players may play for different clubs in different divisions. Players may only play for one club in the Chase Trophy.

12. All games will be sent for rating.

13. Rating limits. The total combined rating of the four players in a team shall be less than the following limits:

Division 1: 7200 ECF  Division 2: 6500 ECF  Division 3: 5800 ECF  Division 4: 5000 ECF Chase Trophy: 6850 ECF

The ECF rating list published at the start of September 2022 shall apply throughout the season, save that an unrated player who subsequently obtains a rating, or a player with a 'P' (partial) rating who subsequently obtains a non 'P' rating, shall use the new rating for all subsequent matches.

14. Registration of players with the League is not necessary as the League will run on a basis of trust. To this end, team captains will be trusted to estimate fairly the approximate rating of unrated or 'P' (partial) rated players. This estimated rating is expected to change on a game-by-game basis as a player's results will influence it. Initially the 'P' rating should just being used by captains as a rough guide, however, the more games that a player plays, then the more accurate the 'P' rating will be & it should become a much stronger guide to influence captain's rating estimations as a player's experience increases until he/she receives an actual rating.

Captains must at least award each player the minimum rating in each division as follows:

Division 1: 1400 ECF  Division 2: 1275 ECF  Division 3: 1150 ECF  Division 4: 1025 ECF Chase Trophy: 1330 ECF 

Captains should use actual ratings for players rated below the unrated minimum.

Players who have lost their rating but have held a grade or rating in the 5 years previous to the current date must use the most recent grade or rating when assessing team strength.

A player may appeal against this rule, if they feel their personal circumstances are such that the rule should not apply to them. Such appeal must be lodged in writing with the Record Secretary setting out the reason and circumstances of the appeal at least 28 days before the player intends to play their first match. Appeals received later than the 28 day limit will not be considered for the imminent match season but may be considered for the following season.

15. Defaulted boards shall count as the minimum rating allowed for that Division or the Chase Trophy.

16. League Champions. The League Champions will be the team with the highest number of match points to their credit. In the event of a tie, the winners will be determined on the following basis:

i) results of the matches between the tied teams; next

ii) games difference (games won minus games lost, as for goal difference); finally

iii) greatest rating profit in the matches between the teams (i.e. the team with the lowest rating total will be the winners).

17. The number of League rounds to be played will be as follows:

If 7 or fewer teams are entered in a division then matches will consist of home and away ties. If 8 or more teams are entered in a division then matches will consist of 1 round only.

18. If 2 teams from the same club are playing in a division then the Records Secretary will give a set date by which their games against each other should be played.

19. The Chase Trophy. The competition is to be contested on a knockout basis with matches for each round to be played before the date assigned by the Tournament Secretary. Where possible, clubs shall alternate home & away fixtures.

If a match ends in a draw then the result will be decided by:

i) board count; next 

ii) discounting of bottom boards; finally 

iii) the match will be awarded to the away team 

20. Mobile phones must be switched off or rendered silent for the duration of the match. If a ring tone is heard, the opposing player should remind their opponent of this rule. A second infringement in the same game will result in the game being forfeited by the guilty player.

21. Any infringements of these rules will result in penalties being levied on the offending teams.