Constitution And Rules

NORTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE CHESS LEAGUE CONSTITUTION


1. The Association shall be called the North Gloucestershire Chess Association.

2. The aim of the association shall be the promotion of chess within that part of the county of Gloucestershire north of and including Dursley and all that part of the county west of the river Severn.

3. The management of the Association shall be in the hands of the Executive Committee comprising:

i) The following officers to be elected at each Annual General Meeting: President, Vice-President, Hon Secretary, Treasurer, League Secretary, Match Captain, Webmaster and up to two further officers.

ii) a) Any nominated delegate from the Association to any other Association.

b) One representative from each club.

i) The President

ii) not less than five members of the executive.

5. The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held in September.

6. The Executive Committee shall manage the affairs of the North Gloucestershire Chess Association in accordance with the rules decided at the Annual General Meeting of the Association.

7. Any request for a change to the Constitution or to the league rules must be received in writing by the Hon Secretary not later than June 1st and shall be included in the notice convening the following Annual General Meeting. In order to be carried, any proposed change to

i) The constitution requires the vote of at least two thirds of those present.

ii) The league rules requires a majority of the votes cast.

iii) Amendments to proposed changes to the league rules may be accepted from the floor of the AGM for debate. In order to be carried such amendments will require the vote of at least two thirds of those present.

iv) Any change to the constitution takes effect immediately after the close of the AGM at which it is approved.

8. Any person who is, or was within the previous 12 months, a member of any club or other organisation which fielded a team in the North Gloucestershire League in the last full season is eligible to vote at the AGM.

9. In the event of the dissolution of the Association all funds and trophies of the Association shall pass to the English Chess Federation unless otherwise directed by a General Meeting of the Association.

NORTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE CHESS LEAGUE RULES 2014-2015

(including rule changes passed at the 2014 AGM)

ORGANISATION OF THE LEAGUE

1. The annual subscription to the League shall be £6.00 per school/Junior team & £35.00 for all other teams. Each team shall be supplied free of charge with five fixture cards, a copy of the rules, a list of team captains, a list of club venues, and a list of starting times for matches.

2. There shall be five players in a team.

3. Teams shall compete in divisions. The number of teams in each division shall be decided at the AGM.

4. (a) All new teams shall start in the bottom division, unless given permission to enter a higher division.

(b) In each division other than the top division, the top team shall play in the next higher division in the following season.

(c) In each division other than the bottom division, the bottom team shall play in the next lower division in the following season.

(d) The number of teams promoted and relegated may be varied at the discretion of the AGM.

(e) All other teams shall remain in the same division as in the previous season.

5. Each team shall play every other team in the same division twice, once at home and once away, except that if any division contains less than seven teams they shall play each other three times. The venue for the third match is to be decided by the person or persons responsible for the production & distribution of the fixture list.

6. (a) The position of teams in a division shall be decided by match points - two points for a win and one point each for a draw.

(b) If two or more teams have equal match points, the higher position shall go to the team with more game points.

(c) If there is still a tie, the positions shall be decided by the total scores in the matches between the teams concerned.

(d) If there is still a tie, the elimination rule shall be applied.

ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS

7. (a) A player who has played for one team in a division shall not be eligible to play for another team in that division.

(b) A player who has played for one club shall not be eligible to play for another club without prior registration of the second club with the League Secretary.

(c) Junior players may play for two clubs.

8. (a) (i) Clubs with more than one team in the League shall nominate two players for each team, apart from teams in the lowest division. These players are not eligible to play in the lower divisions for that club.

(ii) If a club has more than one team in the League, the two strongest League players in that club shall be eligible to play only for a team in the highest division in which that club has a team. Where a club has more than two teams in the League, the third and fourth strongest League players shall be able to play only for the two teams in the highest division or divisions in which that club has teams. Where a club has more than three teams in the League, the fifth and sixth strongest League players shall be eligible to play only for the three teams in the highest division or divisions in which that club has teams.

(b) (i) Secretaries of clubs affected by this rule shall submit to the League Secretary a list of nominated players as defined therein. The League Secretary shall then circulate a list of players affected by this rule to match captains. Such lists shall be conclusive unless and until a revision is published in a newspaper or circulated with the agenda at an Executive Committee Meeting.

(ii) As soon as it becomes apparent that a nominated player will be unable to play in at least 50% of the matches of the team to which he/she is nominated he/she must be deleted from the list of nominated players and replaced by a player of appropriate strength who will play in at least 50% of the matches. If necessary appropriate alterations must be made to the players nominated to the club's lower teams.

(c) Any League player stronger than the club's weakest nominated League player and joining in during the Season shall be added to the list as an additional nominated League player.

(d) Any player listed as a nominated player by one club must not play in a lower division for any other club, without specific dispensation from the League Secretary.

(e) A club may seek dispensation to vary the number players it is required to nominate at the annual general meeting, or in exceptional circumstances from the League Secretary.

9. Any breach of the rules on the ineligibility of players shall be subject to automatic forfeit of two match points by the offending team, providing the offence is brought to the attention of the League Secretary within four weeks of the date of the relevant match.

The League Secretary may adjust the result as he sees fit.

CONDUCT OF MATCHES

10. (a) Except as provided by this rule, matches shall be played on the date shown in the fixture list.

(b) By mutual agreement Team Captains may rearrange Match Dates without reference to the League Secretary. The League Secretary shall be informed by both captains, before the date shown in the fixture list, of any such rearranged date. In any dispute over dates the League Secretary's decision shall be final.

(c) A team cancelling a fixture or failing to play on the date shown in the fixture list shall lose the match by default unless a rearranged fixture is sanctioned by the League Secretary.

The League Secretary shall not sanction a rearranged fixture unless he has received not later than the date shown on the fixture list a request from one of the captains and is satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional.

(d) If the non-defaulting captain agrees to a rearranged fixture, he shall offer three dates before May 31st on the same day of the week as the original fixture provided the dates are free of fixtures for both clubs.

(e) If the defaulting captain fails to agree a date offered under paragraph (d), his team shall lose the match by default.

(f) Captains may agree to play a match before the date shown in the fixture list without reference to the League Secretary.

(g) Any match not played by May 31st shall be void.

11. (a) A team may be penalised if, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, it seeks to obtain an unfair advantage by playing players other than in order of strength.

(b) A known default shall be on bottom board.

(c) Every third board default shall forfeit one match point.

12. After the names of players have been written down in board order by both captains, a coin shall be tossed to decide which captain shall have choice of colour on alternate boards.

13. (a) Every club shall publish the starting time of its home matches.

(b) All clocks shall be started at the commencement of the match.

(c) If a player is not ready to start within 30 minutes of the commencement of the match (which will not be before the published time), then that player shall default the game.

(d) There shall be no smoking in the playing room.

14. (a) The home side is responsible for ensuring that clocks are available for all boards. On any board where a suitable clock is not available the home team will be deemed to have defaulted the board. The match shall be either of 3 hours or of 2 1/2 hours duration Ė it will be 3 hours unless both captains agree on 2 1/2 hours, or one of the captains has a good reason for insisting on 2 1/2 hours (e.g. the venue canít support 3 hours, players are mostly juniors, players are mostly seniors). Initially each player will have 1 1/2 hours on his clock if the match is of 3 hours duration, and 1 1/4 hours on his clock if the match is of 2 1/2 hours duration.

(b) If the match is of 3 hours duration, the rate of play shall be all moves in 1 1/2 hours. If the match is of 2 1/2 hours duration, the rate of play shall be all moves in 1 1/4 hours. The following rules based on Article 10, FIDE Laws of Chess will apply: -

(a) If both flags have fallen and it is impossible to establish which flag fell first the game is drawn.

(b) If a player has less than 5 minutes left on his clock, then he is not obliged to record the moves.

(c) A player may claim a draw when he has less than two minutes left on his clock and before his flag falls. This concludes the game.

He may claim on the basis: -

(i) that his opponent cannot win by normal means, or

(ii) that his opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means.

In (ii) the player must write down the final position and submit an up-to date scoresheet, which must be completed before play has ceased. The opponent must verify both the scoresheet and the final position.

The claim must be discussed by the players and if it is not resolved must be submitted to the two captains. Claims remaining unresolved must be submitted to the League Secretary who would refer it to an arbiter whose decision would be final.

(c) The clock must be pressed by the hand which makes the move on the board.

15. (a) During a Match conversation between teams members must be kept to a minimum.

(b) Except where the League Secretary has appointed an arbiter for a particular match, the functions of an arbiter as prescribed by the rules of FIDE shall be exercised jointly by both captains.

(c) The opposing captain may point out that a player's flag has fallen.

(d) A captain must not give his players advice of any kind.

(e) If asked by one of his players whether he should accept a draw, a captain must confine himself to stating the current score in the match.

RESULTS

16. (a) The results shall be sent by the winning team, or by both teams in the event of a tie.

(b) If the result of a match is not notified to the League Secretary within nine days of the date of that match in the fixture list, or the date of the rearranged fixture sanctioned by the League Secretary, that match shall be scored as a default by both teams, but the results shall still count for grading purposes.

ADMINISTRATION AND DISPUTES

17. (a) The rules of FIDE shall apply to league games only in so far as consistent with these rules.

(b) The FIDE rule banning players from having a mobile phone with them shall not apply.

(c) (i) Any player whose mobile phone makes an audible noise shall receive a warning (written on the match results sheet) for the first offence claimed and shall lose their game for any subsequent offence during the same game.

(ii) A player who has a reasonable necessity may request permission of the captains to keep their phone switched on in silent mode.

(iii) A player who, without such permission, makes or answers a phone call or text or consults a mobile phone in any way other than to switch it off shall lose their game immediately.

(c) On all questions of interpreting or applying these rules or the rules of FIDE the decision of the Executive Committee shall be final.

(d) The result of a game or match played in breach of these rules for which no penalty is prescribed shall stand unless the Executive Committee directs otherwise.

18. If a decision of the Executive Committee is required before a meeting of the Committee can be arranged, the League Secretary may take such decision as he thinks fit and submit it to the next meeting of the Executive Committee for ratification.

19. (a) No consideration shall be required to be given to a complaint relating to the conduct of a game or match unless a letter explaining the facts in not more than 200 words is submitted by the opposing captain to the League Secretary within nine days of the match.

(b) On receipt of a complaint under paragraph (a), the League Secretary shall notify the other captain of the complaint and shall notify both captains of the date of the Executive Committee meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

(c) In any dispute the decision of the Executive Committee shall be final.