SOMERSET COUNTY CHESS ASSOCIATION
2024 Competition Rules
EntriesIt is not necessary to be an ECF member to enter any section. However:
A Junior (under the age of 18 on 1st September 2023) discount of £5 may be applied in all sections.
Entry fees less an administration charge of £2 will be refunded for withdrawal notifications received by 1st May.
The organizers reserve the right, without giving a reason, to either refuse an entry or to transfer a player to another section.
RatingsThe January 2024 ECF standardplay rating list will be used to determine section eligibility for the Congress. The Original (not Revised) value is applied.
The most recently published ECF standardplay rating list will be used to determine pairings.
It is a condition of entry that all entrants agree that their results will be forwarded to the ECF for rating purposes.
FIDE Laws of ChessThe current FIDE Laws of Chess will apply with the following exceptions and clarifications.
Article 6.7.1: Default time. Players will be defaulted (i.e. will lose their game) if they are not present within 30 minutes of the start of a round. A new pairing may be made for any player whose opponent has not arrived, or for any player who was initially awarded a (full point) bye.
Article 11.2: Playing Venue and Playing Area. The 'playing venue' is defined to be the Selwood Academy buildings (including toilets) and excludes the grounds and car park. Note that a player may not leave the playing venue whilst their game is in progress. The 'playing area' is defined to be the spaces used for competition games, including the main hall and any other rooms set aside for this purpose. Note that a player having the move may not leave the playing area without an arbiter's permission.
Article 11.3.2: Mobile Phones. Whilst play is in progress, any electronic means of communication and any device capable of suggesting chess moves
Article 11.3.4: Smoking. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not allowed anywhere within the Academy building or grounds.
The following methods will be used in order:
DisputesIn all disputes the decision of the Congress Controllers shall be final.