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CCF CUP 2013: RULES & REGULATIONS
1 All matches shall be played according to the FIDE Laws of Chess. The decision of the Arbiter shall be final in all matters.
2 Players may only enter a section that their FIDE Rating (or ECF equivelent) allows. However CCF will hold the right to move players into higher sections (even after the start) where it is felt that they will be too strong for a section (for example, some players have FIDE Ratings that convert much lower than their ECF grade - this rule is essential to ensure fair play in the competitions).
3 Players unable to attend on any given Monday must notify CCF of this fact using email by 5pm on the Friday immediately preceding the matches. This email will be acknowledged (please chase if it isn't responded to within a few hours). Those not on email must notify absence in writing. Fixtures will be posted on the web site on the Friday evening to give players the weekend to prepare. Any pre-booked absences will be noted on the web site as soon as reasonably possible, both to act as a confirmation and to ensure other players are aware when calculating possible opponents for the next round.
4 Any player failing to fulfil a match they have been listed to play will score 0 for that round. Their opponent should expect to be re-paired, even after the start of the round.
5 The Time Control for all CCF Cup matches shall be Fischer timings of 90 minutes for all moves plus 30 seconds added per move.
6 Sealed moves may not be used without express permission from the Chief Controller and even then this will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and with the agreement of both players - and on the condition that the match is finished by the deadline for pairing the next round (ie the end of that week). (Players must be prepared to complete their matches on the night they start, even if the match runs later than expected - and will have to generally resign if they have to leave early).
7 Unless otherwise agreed with the Controller, no matches may begin before 7.30pm. White’s clock will be started at 7.30pm.
8 A player arriving later than 8-15pm shall be considered to have defaulted until he/she has phoned ahead to notify us that he/she is definitely coming, in which case there shall be no default time until such time as their clock runs out of time.
10 In all sections, 3 points will be awarded for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a defeat. Any player defaulting shall score 0. A bye given by CCF (where an opponent could not be found) will earn 3 points. Players pre-booking an "absence" according to the rules will be awarded 2 points for the first occasion and 1 point for the second occasion. Players may miss further rounds but will score 0. Anyone requiring a bye in the final round cannot be awarded more than 1 point unless the bye is booked before the start of the event. Nobody may score points for more than 2 byes and the score of the points awarded may not total more than 4.
11 CCF reserves the right to use fillers to try and ensure an even number of games in each section. CCF reserves the right to achieve this by asking a player to "move up" a section for a week when they have a bye in a lower section. Players receiving this bye will only be awarded their points if they play this game, unless the game is deemed to be being played in both sections, in which case players will be playing for their points. (This rule is to try and ensure that everyone available gets a game every week of the competition).
12 Final positions shall be decided on the following: 1) Most Points, 2) Sum of Progressive Score, 3) Result of Direct Match(es) between players tied, 4) Sum of Opponent's Scores, 5) Better Rating Performance above their own rating. Where players are level on points, no tie break shall be used in respect of prize monies which will be shared equally. The tie breaks shall only be used in the case of awarding trophies.
13 Presentations will be made at the opening night of the new winter chess season in September. All prize winners are expected to attend.
14 Players registered (or who need to register) with FIDE as English must be GOLD members of the English Chess Federation before playing their first match.
15 The total prize money for all the sections added together will total approximately 50% of all entry monies taken for the whole event.
ALL PLAY ALL
The All-Play-All trophy will be awarded to the player with the highest Rating performance about their own rating. Only those with published FIDE Ratings or ECF Grades will be eligible for this trophy. The winner must have played at least 5 matches.
R1 A maximum of 2 matches may be played in the Rapid Play against each player. There should not be more than one of each colour against the same opponent.
R2 Players may only register a maximum of 14 rapid play games.
R3 Time control shall be 20 minutes each plus 10 seconds added Fischer timings from Round 1. Shorter or longer time controls can be agreed by mutual consent provided they are acceptable to BCF Rapid Play rules.
R4 All matches must be played at CCF on allocated Monday evenings from 7-30pm.
R5 Matches will be submitted for FIDE Rapid Play ratings.
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THE PROCESS TO NOTIFY POSTPONEMENTS
To avoid scoring 0 point on any given week, you must have advised CCF by email by 5pm on the Friday immediately preceding that round (firstname.lastname@example.org). CCF will acknowledge that email. If you postpone on the day and it is close to the deadline you are strongly advised to email and call 020 8645 0302 to make sure the message has got through.
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