County Championship Rules

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1. THE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The winner of the Open competition shall be the champion of Northumberland and shall be presented with the Zollner trophy (please note the trophy is retained in the custody of the NCA).
The winner of the Under 170 competition shall be the Under 170 champion of Northumberland and shall hold the G S Sell trophy for one year.
The winner of the Under 140 competition shall be the Under 140 champion of Northumberland and shall hold the Colin Gilroy Trophy for one year.

2. ELIGIBILITY

Entries shall be accepted only from players who are registered with the Association and members of the English Chess Federation. Subject to the approval of the Organiser, any such entrant shall be eligible to compete in the Open competition; entry to the Under 170 and Under 140 competitions shall be restricted to those players appropriately graded in the official grading list current at the closing date for entries, and to those ungraded players who are deemed by the Organiser on the available evidence to be likely to be of appropriate playing strength. No player may enter more than two competitions in one season.

3. TYPE OF COMPETITION

The competitions shall be run on the basis of the ECF Seeded Swiss System if there are too many entries to permit all-play­all. In all­-play­alls, pairings shall be made according to the Berger International Tables.

4. DETERMINATION OF WINNERS

In the event of a tie in any competition, the appropriate following system shall be used to determine the outright winner. If two players tie, a two­game match shall be played. If three or more players tie, a single ­round all­-play­all shall be played. If this play­off fails to determine an outright champion, joint champions shall be declared if all players are in agreement. Failing such agreement one further round of play­offs shall be played. If this fails to determine an outright winner, joint champions will be declared.

5. METHOD OF ENTRY

Entry details, via an entry form or other communication agreed by the Organiser shall reach the Organiser by the date specified.

6. NOTIFICATION OF PAIRINGS

Pairing notices shall be issued to all competitors for each round, either by post, email or telephone.

7. APPLICABLE RULES OF PLAY

Games shall be played under the rules of the English Chess Federation.

8. RATES OF PLAY / TIME LIMITS / DURATION OF PLAYING SESSIONS

Games are to be played in a single session (with a quickplay finish) if either player wishes it. In this case, FIDE rules for the quickplay finish where no arbiter is present shall apply*. If neither player wishes to adopt the single session option, then the traditional rates of play, followed by adjournment and subsequent session will apply. The choice must be made before the game starts.

Single session:
a) 3 hours (minimum): all moves per player in 90 minutes.
b) 31⁄2 hours: 36 moves per player in 90 minutes followed by all moves in 15 minutes per player.
c) 4 hours: 36 moves per player in 90 minutes followed by all moves in 30 minutes per player.

Second session All moves to played in a 3 hour (minimum) session

*Article D1 of the FIDE Laws of Chess 2001 states:
10.2 If the player, having the move, has less than two minutes left on his clock, he may claim a draw before his flag falls. He shall summon the arbiter and may stop the clocks. (See Article 6.12.b)

a. If the arbiter agrees the opponent is making no effort to win the game by normal means, or that it is not possible to win by normal means, then he shall declare the game drawn. Otherwise he shall postpone his decision or reject the claim.

b. If the arbiter postpones his decision, the opponent may be awarded two extra minutes and the game possible to win by normal means, then he shall declare the game drawn. Otherwise he shall postpone his decision or reject the claim. shall continue, if possible in the presence of an arbiter. The arbiter shall declare the final result later in the game or as soon as possible after a flag has fallen. He shall declare the game drawn if he agrees that the final position cannot be won by normal means, or that the opponent was not making sufficient attempts to win by normal means.

c. If the arbiter has rejected the claim, the opponent shall be awarded two extra minutes time.

d. The decision of the arbiter shall be final relating to (a), (b) and (c).

9. PLAYING VENUES

Games should normally be played at a chess club unless otherwise agreed by both players and the Organiser. Players drawn with the black pieces shall have choice of venue for the first session; choice of venue shall alternate for continuation sessions.

Players providing the venue are responsible for supplying sets, clocks and scoresheets, and ensuring that playing conditions (particularly space, quietness and temperature) are adequate and acceptable to their opponents.

10. REPORTING RESULTS

The outcome shall be reported by the winners in the case of decisive games, and by both players in the case of drawn games. The time limits for receipt by the Organiser of the outcome of each game are the closing times for the rounds.

The information to be reported for each game shall consist of: the title of the competition, the names of the players, and the result. Any Swiss competition game whose outcome has not been reported by the appropriate closing time shall be scored zero to both players, and the pairing may be repeated in the draw for the following round.

11. SUPPLYING A RECORD OF THE MOVES

As far as possible, a full, correct record of the moves of each game shall be supplied to the organiser by the winner, in the case of a draw both players will submit the scoresheet. The points are conditional on such a record being revived within two weeks of the round closing date.

12. DISPUTES

Disputes shall be referred to the Organiser. Appeals against decisions by the Organiser shall be sent to the Secretary of the Association for decision by the Executive Committee, with a copy to the Organiser.

13. SECURITY OF TROPHIES

The Zollner trophy is presented to, but not retained by, the individual county champion. The Sell and Gilroy trophies are normally held by the winners for the duration of the following season, and should normally be returned by 31 March.

County Championship Rules and Eligibility.

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