Author: Laura Nyström

    Chess Tournaments

    Please, use the following link to register:

    Standings at: 


    We are pleased to announce our first 5 round event starting August 7th and concluding on September 4th.

    Entry is free and rounds will start each Friday at 7:10 p.m. The games will be 25 minute + 10 sec. with two games against the same opponent per round. will be the playing site and’s rapid ratings will be used.

    We will also have a Prize Fund! Overall 1st-3rd is $60/40/30. Best Junior (u16), Senior (60 and over) and Best Female player are all $25 each. Registration ends on August 7th at 5pm. So sign up early!

    To join, use the Contact Form to send a message with your full name, USCF ID, and username before 4pm on Friday, August 7th.

    Games will start Fridays at 7:10 pm. To play, please log into the Live server a few minutes before the start of the round, and challenge your assigned opponent to a G25+10 game. After the game is finished, play a second game with reversed colors. Finally, download the PGN for both games and email them to Mention the round, players, and result in the subject.

    Chess Tournaments
    Clubs League: Round 6 (We Won!)

    Round 6 was played against Deportivo Español de Buenos Aires of Argentina on 4th of July. Randy Hough, Richard Reid and John Wright played on 3 boards, and the team from Argentina forfeited 2 points.  San Gabriel won with 5.5 points vs. Buenos Aires’ .5.

    Round 6 Results

    Featured Game:

    “It was an interesting game because he had the Bishop pair. But after I traded off the white-square Bishop, I think my Knight was superior” — John R. Wright

    Standings After Round 6
    #PlaceNameRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Tot
    11Chess Club ZebraW44W8W6W13W4W56.0
    22Chess Projects Club MilanoH—W31W49W8W21W105.5
    33-6Cercle D’Echecs De HullL9W24W17W37W12W155.0
    4Exeter Chess ClubW39W29W14W21L1W195.0
    5Gill Saint Bernard’s KnightsW11W17W46W7W15L15.0
    6GROP Chess ClubW47W49L1W16W13W95.0
    77Saint Petersburg CC FloridaW52W9W41L5D23W204.5
    88-16Aatos Chess ClubW51L1W40L2W39X214.0
    9Chess Long IslandW3L7W32W20W26L64.0
    10Club Scacchi CesenaW22W28L21W27W14L24.0
    11Galeria de Xadrez Borba GatoL5L36W45W46W37W264.0
    12Los Pujamaderas Chess ClubW35W26L15W52L3X234.0
    13Noble Park Chess ClubW40W16W19L1L6W274.0
    14Stockport Chess ClubW38W32L4W29L10W284.0
    15The Secret Dark Knight SocietyW45W23W12W41L5L34.0
    16TJ Valasska Bystrice – SachyW55L13W28L6W31W334.0
    1717-19ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.]W24L5L3W33X41H—3.5
    18Circolo Scacchistico ForliveseL21W51D48W30L19W383.5
    19Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. AischW43H—L13W48W18L43.5
    2020-30Burlington Ambush Chess ClubW37L41W36L9W24L73.0
    21Club Ajedrez Puerta ElviraW18W27W10L4L2F8U—3.0
    22Club Atletismo HuescaL10W39L31W32L28W403.0
    23Coachella Chess ClubW50L15W52H—D7F12U—3.0
    24Columbia SC Chess ClubL17L3W25W36L20W423.0
    25Huntsville Chess ClubD54L46L24W45D34W373.0
    26Los Angeles Chess FortressW34L12W50B—L9L113.0
    27SK Povazske PodhradieW53L21W43L10W29L133.0
    28TJ Bohemians PrahaW48L10L16W38W22L143.0
    29Warley QuinborneW30L4W42L14L27W363.0
    30Wimbledon Chess ClubL29W47D38L18D32W393.0
    3131-35Airbus Chess ClubL49L2W22W47L16H—2.5
    32Badgers Brook Chess ClubW42L14L9L22D30W472.5
    33Club Mariano MorenoD46W54L37L17W35L162.5
    34Lincoln High School Chess ClubL26L50D35W40D25H—2.5
    35San Gabriel Valley Chess ClubL12L52D34W50L33W462.5
    3636-45Aurora CC 2012L41W11L20L24W46L292.0
    37Billiards Cafe Chess ClubL20W45W33L3L11L252.0
    38Eagle and Child ChessL14D42D30L28W51L182.0
    39Echiquier du Grand AlesL4L22W51W53L8L302.0
    40Hobart Chess ClubL13W44L8L34W52L222.0
    41IHOP Chess ClubW36W20L7L15F17U—2.0
    42Lycee Francais D’Agadir CCL32D38L29D44X48L242.0
    43Schaakclub’t Ros DendermondeL19W53L27X49U—2.0
    45Villages Chess Club of FloridaL15L37L11L25B—W522.0
    4646-48Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos AiresD33W25L5L11L36L351.5
    47Hermanus Chess ClubL6L30W55L31D44L321.5
    48Val Parisis Echecs- FranconvilleL28W55D18L19F421.5
    4949-53A.D. Scacchi FoggiaW31L6L2F43U—1.0
    50Highland High School Chess ClubL23W34L26L35U—1.0
    51Phoenix Chess ClubL8L18L39W55L38F44U—1.0
    52Reno Chess ClubL7W35L23L12L40L451.0
    53SK Ceska LipaL27L43W44L39U—U—1.0
    5454Jacksonville Chess Club NCD25L33U—0.5
    5555Gazmag Sakk SzakosztalyL16L48L47L51U—U—0.0
    Clubs League Season 3
    Chess Tournaments
    Clubs League Round 5

    San Gabriel Valley was paired against Club Mariano Moreno of Argentina, a strong team. We’ve discovered many Clubs League players are underrated due to results from the prior week. Several games have resulted in large rating swings–as much as 600 points! Do not underestimate your opponent in Clubs League! Five boards were played, and San Gabriel lost by two games. The following is the 2nd game played on Board #1:


    Standings after Round 5

    #NameRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Total
    1Chess Club ZebraW51W12W8W20W75.0
    2Gill Saint Bernard’s KnightsW17W14W43W10W95.0
    3Chess Projects Club MilanoH—W27W47W12W154.5
    4Cercle D’Echecs De HullL5W31W14W29W194.0
    5Chess Long IslandW4L10W42W13W184.0
    6Club Scacchi CesenaW30W23L15W21W224.0
    7Exeter Chess ClubW33W40W22W15L14.0
    8GROP Chess ClubW44W47L1W24W204.0
    9The Secret Dark Knight SocietyW53W16W19W36L24.0
    10Saint Petersburg CC FloridaW50W5W36L2D163.5
    11Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. AischW39H—L20W46W253.5
    12Aatos Chess ClubW49L1W34L3W333.0
    13Burlington Ambush Chess ClubW29L36W28L5W313.0
    14ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.]W31L2L4W26X363.0
    15Club Ajedrez Puerta ElviraW25W21W6L7L33.0
    16Coachella Chess ClubW48L9W50H—D103.0
    17Galeria de Xadrez Borba GatoL2L28W53W43W293.0
    18Los Angeles Chess FortressW37L19W48B—L53.0
    19Los Pujamaderas Chess ClubW45W18L9W50L43.0
    20Noble Park Chess ClubW34W24W11L1L83.0
    21SK Povazske PodhradieW52L15W39L6W403.0
    22Stockport Chess ClubW32W42L7W40L63.0
    23TJ Bohemians PrahaW46L6L24W32W303.0
    24TJ Valasska Bystrice – SachyW55L20W23L8W273.0
    25Circolo Scacchistico ForliveseL15W49D46W41L112.5
    26Club Mariano MorenoD43W54L29L14W452.5
    27Airbus Chess ClubL47L3W30W44L242.0
    28Aurora CC 2012L36W17L13L31W432.0
    29Billiards Cafe Chess ClubL13W53W26L4L172.0
    30Club Atletismo HuescaL6W33L27W42L232.0
    31Columbia SC Chess ClubL14L4W35W28L132.0
    32Eagle and Child ChessL22D38D41L23W492.0
    33Echiquier du Grand AlesL7L30W49W52L122.0
    34Hobart Chess ClubL20W51L12L37W502.0
    35Huntsville Chess ClubD54L43L31W53D372.0
    36IHOP Chess ClubW28W13L10L9F14U—2.0
    37Lincoln High School Chess ClubL18L48D45W34D352.0
    38Lycee Francais D’Agadir CCL42D32L40D51X462.0
    39Schaakclub’t Ros DendermondeL11W52L21X47U—2.0
    40Warley QuinborneW41L7W38L22L212.0
    41Wimbledon Chess ClubL40W44D32L25D422.0
    42Badgers Brook Chess ClubW38L22L5L30D411.5
    43Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos AiresD26W35L2L17L281.5
    44Hermanus Chess ClubL8L41W55L27D511.5
    45San Gabriel Valley Chess ClubL19L50D37W48L261.5
    46Val Parisis Echecs- FranconvilleL23W55D25L11F381.5
    47A.D. Scacchi FoggiaW27L8L3F39U—1.0
    48Highland High School Chess ClubL16W37L18L45U—1.0
    49Phoenix Chess ClubL12L25L33W55L321.0
    50Reno Chess ClubL10W45L16L19L341.0
    52SK Ceska LipaL21L39W51L33U—1.0
    53Villages Chess Club of FloridaL9L29L17L35B—1.0
    54Jacksonville Chess Club NCD35L26U—0.5
    55Gazmag Sakk SzakosztalyL24L46L44L49U—0.0
    Clubs League Season 3
    Chess Tournaments
    Clubs League Round 4

    San Gabriel Valley Chess Club earned its first victory in Round 4 when Highland High School Chess Club of Gilbert, Arizona forfeited due to lack of players. This Arizona State AIA Competitor arrived with 2 players to our 5 and forfeited all games. A request was made to to not be matched against any High School teams in the future.

    Standings After Round 4

    #NameRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Total
    1Chess Club ZebraW53W19W10W134.0
    2Exeter Chess ClubW26W33W15W84.0
    3Gill Saint Bernard’s KnightsW27W23W34W144.0
    4The Secret Dark Knight SocietyW55W17W12W284.0
    5Chess Projects Club MilanoH—W20W41W193.5
    6Cercle D’Echecs De HullL7W25W23W213.0
    7Chess Long IslandW6L14W43W223.0
    8Club Ajedrez Puerta ElviraW16W30W9L23.0
    9Club Scacchi CesenaW24W31L8W303.0
    10GROP Chess ClubW45W41L1W323.0
    11Los Angeles Chess FortressW37L12W46B—3.0
    12Los Pujamaderas Chess ClubW38W11L4W503.0
    13Noble Park Chess ClubW47W32W18L13.0
    14Saint Petersburg CC FloridaW50W7W28L33.0
    15Stockport Chess ClubW44W43L2W333.0
    16Circolo Scacchistico ForliveseL8W49D39W402.5
    17Coachella Chess ClubW46L4W50H—2.5
    18Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. AischW29H—L13W392.5
    19Aatos Chess ClubW49L1W47L52.0
    20Airbus Chess ClubL41L5W24W452.0
    21Billiards Cafe Chess ClubL22W55W35L62.0
    22Burlington Ambush Chess ClubW21L28W42L72.0
    23ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.]W25L3L6W352.0
    24Club Atletismo HuescaL9W26L20W432.0
    25Columbia SC Chess ClubL23L6W36W422.0
    26Echiquier du Grand AlesL2L24W49W512.0
    27Galeria de Xadrez Borba GatoL3L42W55W342.0
    28IHOP Chess ClubW42W22L14L42.0
    29Schaakclub’t Ros DendermondeL18W51L30X41U—2.0
    30SK Povazske PodhradieW51L8W29L92.0
    31TJ Bohemians PrahaW39L9L32W442.0
    32TJ Valasska Bystrice – SachyW54L13W31L102.0
    33Warley QuinborneW40L2W48L152.0
    34Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos AiresD35W36L3L271.5
    35Club Mariano MorenoD34W52L21L231.5
    36Huntsville Chess ClubD52L34L25W551.5
    37Lincoln High School Chess ClubL11L46D38W471.5
    38San Gabriel Valley Chess ClubL12L50D37W461.5
    39Val Parisis Echecs- FranconvilleL31W54D16L181.5
    40Wimbledon Chess ClubL33W45D44L161.5
    41A.D. Scacchi FoggiaW20L10L5F29U—1.0
    42Aurora CC 2012L28W27L22L251.0
    43Badgers Brook Chess ClubW48L15L7L241.0
    44Eagle and Child ChessL15D48D40L311.0
    45Hermanus Chess ClubL10L40W54L201.0
    46Highland High School Chess ClubL17W37L11L381.0
    47Hobart Chess ClubL13W53L19L371.0
    48Lycee Francais D’Agadir CCL43D44L33D531.0
    49Phoenix Chess ClubL19L16L26W541.0
    50Reno Chess ClubL14W38L17L121.0
    51SK Ceska LipaL30L29W53L261.0
    52Jacksonville Chess Club NCD36L35U—U—U—0.5
    54Gazmag Sakk SzakosztalyL32L39L45L490.0
    55Villages Chess Club of FloridaL4L21L27L360.0
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    SGVCC Holds First Organizational Meeting

    The First Organizational Meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Chess Club was held Monday June 15th, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to organize the club and determine how it will run, as well as other administrative matters such as the appointment of officers and Corporate Bylaws. The agenda included the appointment of SGVCC Corporate Officers, the approval of Organizational Bylaws and the appointment of a banking institution.

    The Club’s primary purpose is the development and broadening of the game of chess as recreation, art, and as a significant element of culture in Southern California. This purpose will be accomplished by providing a physical location where people can play chess together and share in their enjoyment of the game of chess. Activities to promote this purpose shall include the organization of rated chess tournaments, casual play, and free instruction for those new to the game.

    Club membership is open without discrimination to all members of the public who complete a valid application and pay annual dues.

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    The Board of Directors may appoint committees comprised of Club members in good standing who are not otherwise Board Officers. Such committees will present recommendations to the Board in writing and these recommendations may be adopted by a majority vote of the Board. To volunteer for a committee, please express your interest via the contact form on this site.

    To submit suggestions, recommendations and ideas, please use contact any Board Member. The club will hold an Annual Meeting (TBD) and notice will be given to all members at least 30-days prior to such meeting.Other meetings may be held at the Board’s discretion as necessary to conduct Club affairs.

    Any member interested in receiving a copy of the Club Bylaws may request a copy via the contact form on this site. You may also send an email to:email as pic


    Volunteers are needed for 1-2 hours per week to assist with club duties. This includes the setup and management of club tournaments, assisting with occasional website and e-mail updates, reporting tournament results and other club matters. The club is also seeking submissions of original chess photography and article submissions on Chess960 and Arena Blitz for use on the club website.

    Clubs League Season 3
    Chess Tournaments
    Clubs League | Round 3

    Clubs League Round 3 was played against Lincoln High School of Portland, Oregon June 6th. Lincoln High School was established in 1869 as Portland High School, making it one of the oldest public high schools west of the Mississippi River. Five boards were played and the match was drawn 5 games to 5. NM John Wright, NM Axel Muller, Randy Hough, Johnny Carrido and Laura Nyström played.

    Featured Game:

    Results After Round 3:

    #NameRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Total
    1Chess Club ZebraW54W9W163.0
    2Club Ajedrez Puerta ElviraW24W20W143.0
    3Exeter Chess ClubW38W23W213.0
    4Gill Saint Bernard’s KnightsW39W34W253.0
    5Noble Park Chess ClubW42W22W273.0
    6Saint Petersburg CC FloridaW43W13W173.0
    7The Secret Dark Knight SocietyW55W15W193.0
    8Chess Projects Club MilanoH—W31W302.5
    9Aatos Chess ClubW53L1W422.0
    10Billiards Cafe Chess ClubL11W55W262.0
    11Burlington Ambush Chess ClubW10L17W322.0
    12Cercle D’Echecs De HullL13W36W342.0
    13Chess Long IslandW12L6W332.0
    14Club Scacchi CesenaW35W46L22.0
    15Coachella Chess ClubW41L7W432.0
    16GROP Chess ClubW40W30L12.0
    17IHOP Chess ClubW32W11L62.0
    18Los Angeles Chess FortressW49L19W412.0
    19Los Pujamaderas Chess ClubW51W18L72.0
    20SK Povazske PodhradieW45L2W442.0
    21Stockport Chess ClubW37W33L32.0
    22TJ Valasska Bystrice – SachyW52L5W462.0
    23Warley QuinborneW29L3W502.0
    24Circolo Scacchistico ForliveseL2W53D281.5
    25Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos AiresD26W47L41.5
    26Club Mariano MorenoD25W48L101.5
    27Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. AischW44H—L51.5
    28Val Parisis Echecs- FranconvilleL46W52D241.5
    29Wimbledon Chess ClubL23W40D371.5
    30A.D. Scacchi FoggiaW31L16L81.0
    31Airbus Chess ClubL30L8W351.0
    32Aurora CC 2012L17W39L111.0
    33Badgers Brook Chess ClubW50L21L131.0
    34ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.]W36L4L121.0
    35Club Atletismo HuescaL14W38L311.0
    36Columbia SC Chess ClubL34L12W471.0
    37Eagle and Child ChessL21D50D291.0
    38Echiquier du Grand AlesL3L35W531.0
    39Galeria de Xadrez Borba GatoL4L32W551.0
    40Hermanus Chess ClubL16L29W521.0
    41Highland High School Chess ClubL15W49L181.0
    42Hobart Chess ClubL5W54L91.0
    43Reno Chess ClubL6W51L151.0
    44Schaakclub’t Ros DendermondeL27W45L201.0
    45SK Ceska LipaL20L44W541.0
    46TJ Bohemians PrahaW28L14L221.0
    47Huntsville Chess ClubD48L25L360.5
    48Jacksonville Chess Club NCD47L26U—0.5
    49Lincoln High School Chess ClubL18L41D510.5
    50Lycee Francais D’Agadir CCL33D37L230.5
    51San Gabriel Valley Chess ClubL19L43D490.5
    52Gazmag Sakk SzakosztalyL22L28L400.0
    53Phoenix Chess ClubL9L24L380.0
    55Villages Chess Club of FloridaL7L10L390.0
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    Clubs League | Week 2

    San Gabriel Valley played Reno Chess Club on 5 boards, losing 8.5-3.5. Our opponents at the Reno Chess Club were very gracious, and there were some strong tactical scholastic players in the fold.

    Game of the Match

    Any member is welcome to play in Clubs League!

    Results after Week 2:

    Week 2 Results

    To play in Clubs League Week #3, just login to up to one hour before the match.

    The Clubs League will also have a Daily Chess component in addition to Rapid Chess. If you enjoy Daily Chess and would like to participate, please leave a comment below.

    Clubs League Season 3
    Chess Tournaments
    Clubs League | Week 1

    San Gabriel Valley Chess Club was paired against Los Pujamaderas of Ensenada, Baja Mexico on Sat. May 23rd at 1pm, in which 5 Boards were played. Los Pujamaderas beat San Gabriel Valley 9-1. Florian Hampe (@Conzane) earned the club’s only point, playing 43 moves with 93% accuracy:

    Rankings after Week 1 placed San Gabriel Valley #49 out of 55 clubs in Division B. In the map below, green marks Division B clubs (fewer than 100 members) while red marks Division A clubs (more than 100 members).

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    Play is open to any member of San Gabriel Valley Chess Club. To join a match, simply login to one hour before the match and join to play.

    Clubs League Season 3
    Chess Tournaments
    Clubs League’s “Clubs League” is an online league for over-the-board (OTB) clubs seeking competition and online community. It’s a global online league to provides international competition for clubs and their members.

    • Pairings will be issued weekly by the league.
    • Admins will be responsible for scheduling matches on the server and for reporting match results.
    • Players may only compete for one club in a season.

    A. Schedule

    A1.’s Clubs League 2020 season will be Saturday, May 23 (first match) through Saturday, July 11 (final match).

    A2. The league will have weekly matches on eight (8) consecutive Saturdays – May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 4, and July 11.

    A3. The suggested default match time is Saturday 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm EDT / 19:00 CEST. See E6 and E7 for rescheduling matches.

    A4. The Leagues Administrator will post the club vs club pairings each Tuesday (see D2).

    A5. Club admins must report weekly results by Sunday (see E4).

    A6. The estimated match time is 1 hour.

    B. Divisions

    B1. There will be two divisions – Division A and Division B. There is no difference in the divisions besides the minimum number of players per match.

    B2. The Leagues Administrator will divide clubs into Division A or B based on size and strength.  Clubs may request to go to the other division, which may or may not be granted.

    B3. Division A (large and medium-sized clubs) will have a minimum of 10 boards per match – 10 players per club. Division B (smaller clubs) will have a minimum of 4 boards per match. See F8 and Section G for “extra” players.


    C. Club and Player Eligibility

    C1. To be eligible for the Clubs League, a club must have an in-person (face-to-face) component, i.e. a physical chess club or academy. Clubs which only operate in an online presence are not permitted. Clubs must also have a club.  League management (see H3) will determine whether each club is eligible or not. Clubs which are found to be ineligible during the season will be removed.

    C2. Clubs must apply to enter the league by Monday, May 11.

    C3. admins may require club admins to change their club name and/or description at any time.

    C4. Clubs may recruit any players to play each specific match.  Clubs do not have to use the same players for each match.

    C5. There is no requirement for being a member of the physical club to represent the club in the Clubs League. However, in the spirit of the “clubs” league, clubs which extensively recruit players who have no physical, social, or online connections to the club may be deemed ineligible.

    C6. Players may only compete for one club in a season. No exceptions.


    D. Pairings, Standings, Scoring, Tiebreaks

    D1. For team pairings, the Clubs League will use Swiss pairings, with some clarifications:

    D1a. Clubs will not have any team seeding or rating.

    D1b. In general, clubs will play other clubs with similar match points.

    D1c. When possible, the Leagues Administrator will try to pair clubs in similar time zones.

    D2. The Leagues Administrator will post the club vs club pairings each Tuesday. These pairings are tentative (may be changed) until finalized on Wednesday.

    D3. In case a club anticipates not being able to participate in a given week, they may request to skip a match, in which they will receive a half-point bye (0.5 match points).  Only one half-point bye may be requested, any future byes are worth zero points.  The bye request deadline is the Monday before each match.

    D4. League standings are first based on match points, then the tiebreaks in D5.

    D5. Tiebreak 1: Solkoff. Tiebreak 2: Sonneborn-Berger. Tiebreak 3: Cumulative.


    E. Club Admin Responsibilities

    E1. Club admins must be a Super Admin or Club Admin of their club.  They should also request to join the Clubs League club, which is only for club admins – this is where pairings, announcements, and information will be posted.

    E2. It is recommended to have multiple admins who may share the club’s responsibilities; however one admin should be ultimately responsible for their club.

    E3. Club admins are responsible for recruiting the appropriate number of players for each match and avoiding forfeits.

    E4. All club admins must report weekly results, forfeits, and other issues to the League Administrator by end of day Sunday.

    E5. Club admins from both teams are responsible for setting up each Live Chess match with the opposing club. The Leagues Administrator will post the club vs club pairings each Tuesday, but the club admins are responsible for creating the match with each other.  The title format for each live chess match should be: “Club League: Club A vs Club B – Week 1”

    E6. Matches should be played on Saturdays whenever possible, preferable at the suggested match time mentioned in A3. Matches may be played on Friday and Sunday also, however the reporting submission in E4 applies to all matches. Playing a league match on any other day requires the advance permission of the Leagues Administrator.

    E7. Admins of both clubs should contact each other to first determine if they would like to play at the suggested match time in A3. If one club does not agree, club admins should negotiate potential match times by offering a few time slots which may be acceptable.  Club admins are expected to be able to compromise regarding match time negotiation, as the highest priority is to have the match played.

    E8. There is no prior lineup submission required. Admins are responsible to ensure their club members are logged into Live Chess at the match time.


    F. Match format / Player recruitment

    F1. Each match is a club vs club (team vs team) match. Players must be in their club to represent their club in league matches.

    F2. Each player will play 2 games against the same opponent (white/black).

    F3. The time control is 15 minutes plus 2 second increment. All league games and matches are to be rapid rated.

    F4. In each match, the club with the most game points wins the match.  Each player plays 2 games, so in a 10 vs 10 match, the maximum game point score for a club is 20 points.

    F5. Clubs may recruit any players for a match. There is no rating minimum or maximum. See C6.

    F6. Matches will be played based on Rapid Ratings at the time of the match – Board 1 vs Board 1, Board 2 vs Board 2, etc.

    F7. It is not permitted for clubs or players to alter the match format of a specific match, even if both players/admins/clubs agree.  All games and matches should be played with the same conditions.

    F8. See the division board capacities in B3. However, clubs may bring more than the minimum number of players.



    G. Forfeits, Withdrawals, Disqualifications

    G1. Forfeits only occur when a club does not bring the required number of players to a match. The forfeits will automatically occur on the bottom boards.

    G2. Example: in a Division A match (10 vs 10), if only 8 players show up for Club C and 10 players show up for Club D, then Club D receives 4 game points by forfeit (2 games * 2 missing players = 4 points)

    G3. Example: in a Division A match (10 vs 10), if 14 players show up for Club E and 12 players show up for Club F,  the match will automatically be played 12 vs 12, but there will not be any forfeit points awarded, since both clubs brought more players than the minimum required.  In this case, the lowest 2 rated players, by rapid rating for Club E would not be paired.

    G4. Clubs with many forfeits may be moved to Division B or removed from the League for future rounds.

    G5.  Any club may withdraw from the league at any time. The Leagues Administrator, in cooperation with the Board of Directors, may remove any club from the league at any time.

    G6. If it is found that a player has played for multiple clubs (see C6), the player will be disqualified from the League for the current season.  The results of the player’s most recent matches will almost certainly be changed for forfeits for the purposes of scoring. If a player, after playing for one team, then plays multiple games for another team, then the scores will be adjusted as if the multi team player lost all games, for all teams he has played for.

    G7. If two teams are not able to schedule a match, the Leagues Administrator may declare the match an unplayed draw, or a forfeit loss for one or both teams if either or both teams have not made a fair effort to schedule the match.


    H. League Management / Appeals

    H1. Leagues Administrator: Grant Oen,, @GrantOen

    H2. Board of Directors

    H3. “League management” refers to the Leagues Administrator, in cooperation with the Board of Directors.

    H4. The official language of communication to and from League management is English.

    H5. League management may give the following penalties to any player or club: warning, match score adjustment, game point adjustment, match result adjustment, disqualification.

    H6. A club wishing to appeal a game, result, ruling, or other league issue should have a club admin submit the appeal via email to the Leagues Administrator, who will distribute it to the board.  No appeals should be submitted directly to board members. Any game/match-related appeals must be submitted within 24 hours of the match.

    H7. League management has full discretion regarding issues which are not clearly defined by the rules and may make an exception to the rules or edit these rules at any time.

    H8. Appeals decisions made by League Management are final.

    I. Fair Play

    I1. will monitor and review Clubs League games and matches for fair play.

    I2. If an account is closed for Fair Play, the result of those games will generally be amended as if the closed account had lost 0-2. This may be the case even if the Fair Play Violations did not occur in a league match.

    I3.  Even after their conclusion, game and match results are subject to being overturned based on findings from the Fair Play team.

    I4. Players and clubs may face penalties for fair play violations, including match point/game point adjustment and disqualification from the league.

    I5. Club admins may submit specific fair play complaints, which will be reviewed by the Fair Play team.


    J. Prizes

    J1. Prizes will be based on standings/scoring/tiebreaks in section D.

    J2. The prizes will be several premium memberships. Details coming later…

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