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Rules for the 2003/04 season

1Management
1.1Each year the Management Board shall announce the arrangements for the following season including the entry fees, the official closing date for the receipt of team entries and registration lists, and the name and address of the person appointed to receive entries.
1.2On each match weekend the Chairman shall arrange a meeting for team captains/managers at which matters of current interest and future policy shall be discussed.
2Team Registration Lists
2.1Entry to the League shall be effected by payment of the designated fees and the submission of a list of the players the team wishes to register for the season.
2.2Where payment is not received by the entry deadline, a surcharge of 20% of the entry fee will be levied.
2.3Each team's list of players shall show the name, date of birth, nationality and (if applicable) the FIDE rating and identification number for each player who has indicated their wish to play for the team in the forthcoming season. Where a player does not have a FIDE rating, the equivalent national rating must be given.
2.4Each team's entry fee shall cover the registration of up to sixteen players. A registration fee of £5 is required for each player above the team's allocation of 16 players.
2.5A player shall only be deemed to be fully registered when a valid Player Registration Sheet has been received by the Registration Secretary.
2.6Where a team enters the League but does not submit a list of its players by the due date, the Management Board may, in the interests of the League, deem the team's list of players for the previous season to have been carried forward.
3Additions to the Team Registration List
3.1Additional names may by added to a teamís list of registered players and shall be sent to the Registrations Secretary either by letter or e-mail.
3.2The date of application shall be taken as either the postmark of the letter or the date of the e-mail.
3.3Subject to the completion of formalities the player will become fully registered 14 days later. A player registered on a Saturday completes the 14-day qualification period three Saturdays later.
3.4Unless payment has been made (see rule 2.4) and a valid Player Registration Sheet submitted, the player will be considered to be a Wildcard.
4Wildcards
4.1A Wildcard is a player who is not registered for any team in the League.
4.2An all-inclusive registration fee of £10 shall be paid for each Wildcard.
4.3Provided a valid Player Registration Sheet is received, a Wildcard will become fully registered 14-days after the notification of registration is received by the Registration Secretary.
4.4A team in Division 1 or 2 may play one Wildcard in each match.
4.5A team in Division 3 or 4 may play up to two Wildcards in each match provided at least one of the Wildcards plays in the bottom half of the team (Division 3 boards 5-8, Division 4 boards 4-6).
4.6A Wildcard on a Saturday or Sunday is still a Wildcard on the following day unless by then the 14-day registration period has been completed.
5Transfers during the Season
5.1A player who is named on a teamís list of players may transfer to another team provided (a) he has not played during the current season, and (b) the League has not received a valid Player Registration Sheet in respect of the player.
5.2The transfer request must be made in writing by the player and sent to both the Registrations Secretary and the Chief Arbiter.
5.3The team to whom the player is moving must fulfil all the requirements for additional registrations, including the payment of a £10 administration charge.
5.4The player will become eligible for the new team 21 days after a valid application is received.
5.5Only in exceptional cases will a player who has already played in the League during the current season be allowed to transfer.
5.6For such a case to be considered, the written transfer request from the player must be sent to both the Registrations Secretary and the Chief Arbiter and a transfer payment of £25 made. The transfer request will be considered by the Management Board and the Chief Arbiter and a decision reached within 7 days of receipt of the application and payment. If the request is granted the player will be eligible to play 21 days after the decision is reached. If the request is refused, the payment will be refunded.
5.7A transferred player is not available as a Wildcard.
5.8No transfer will be permitted after Round 8.
6Fixtures
6.1The League's fixtures shall be played over five weekends with one round being played on Saturday and one round on Sunday. A third round may be played on the Monday if that day is a Bank Holiday.
6.2The first-named team in each pairing shall have the white pieces on the odd-numbered boards and black on the even-numbered boards.
7Match Arrangements
7.1In Divisions 1, 2 and 3 each match shall be played over eight boards and each team must include at least one male and one female player.
7.2In Division 4 each match shall be played over six boards.
7.3The starting times shall normally be :- 1400 hours on the first day of the weekend, 1300 hours on the middle day of a three-day weekend, 1100 on the last day of the weekend.
7.4The rate of play shall be 40 moves in two hours, then 20 moves in one hour and an extra 30 minutes for each player to complete the game. This is a seven-hour session.
8Team Lists
8.1Team lists must be submitted to the Arbiter at least two hours before the start of each round. The list must give the names and ratings of each player and the board order.
8.2A team list may be amended without penalty provided this is done before the two-hour deadline.
8.3Where a player does not have a FIDE rating, the BCF rating will be converted to a FIDE equivalent using the long-standing conversion formula, namely (BCF*8)+600=FIDE equivalent. Where there is a difference of more than 80 FIDE rating points between two players, the higher-rated player must play on a higher board than the lower-rated player. This rule applies across first, second and third teams but is applied after rule 7.1.
8.4Any complaint about the composition of a team must be made before the scheduled start of the round.
8.5Where both captains and the Chief Arbiter are in agreement, the 80-point rule may be waived for the purpose of norms and FIDE ratings.
8.6Known defaults must be on the lowest board of the lowest team.
8.7Team lists will be published one hour before the start of play.
8.8If the late submission of a team list causes the match sheet to be published late, the arbiter may - at his discretion - deduct time from the clock of each member of the offending team.
9Reserves
9.1Prior to the two-hour deadline for the submission of team lists a team may nominate one male and one female as reserve players.
9.2A nominated reserve may replace an absent player provided this is done not more than 55 minutes after the scheduled start of the round.
9.3The clock of the reserve shall be adjusted to show the elapsed time subject to a minimum of 30 minutes.
9.4The improper use of reserves may result in the Management Board imposing a penalty on the offending team.
10Other
10.1The Chief Arbiter, or in his absence the Senior Arbiter for the weekend, shall be empowered to administer the rules of the League.
10.2An appeal against a decision may be made to the Management Board. Notice of such an appeal must be made in writing and received within seven days of the original decision.
10.3A team will be penalised one match point for every five boards it defaults during the season.
10.4If at the end of a season teams are tied on match points, the tie shall be broken in favour of the team having (a) the greatest number of game points (b) the result(s) of the match(es) between the teams still tieing (c) board count (d) elimination from the bottom board upwards (e) the toss of a coin. These tie breaks shall be applied in order until all ties are broken.
10.5A £100 fee will be payable where a change to a team name is made during the season.
10.6The decisions of the Management Board shall be final.
Guidance for Captains on the Split Weekends

Where a club has a team (or teams) in both the top divisions (1 and 2) and the lower divisions (3 and 4) great care must be taken over team selection.

A player cannot play twice in the same numbered round and the 80-point rule spans both weekends. There is one exception marked * below. For example, if Bloggs plays for his higher team in Round 1 on October 18th, he cannot play for his lower team in Round 1 on November 22nd. If he does not play for his higher team in Round 2 on October 19th, he can play for his lower team in Round 2 on November 23rd.

For any questions relating to the Rules or Guidance, please contact John Robinson.

Division 1

WGHK 1
Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
WGHK 2
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
Betsson.com
Barbican 4NCL 2
Oxford 1
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Guildford-A&DC 2
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent

Division 2

Sambuca Sharks
Cheddleton
Warwickshire Select 1
e2e4.org.uk 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
AMCA Dragons
Kings Head
Poisoned Pawns 2
Anglian Avengers
Wessex 1
Celtic Tigers 1
Bristol 1
White Rose 2
Brown Jack
Guildford-A&DC 3
FCA Solutions 1

Division 3

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg
Sambuca Black Sheep
3Cs
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Iceni
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
SCS
Hackney
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Halesowen
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs