2nd Round KO Cup: Poole v Weymouth, Highcliffe v Wimborne (No. 23 on 30 March!)

Dorset Team Handicap Tournament

28 Feb: Highcliffe and Wimborne have agreed to play Monday, 30 March at Greystones, Highcliffe.

The away teams will be looking to redress a trend from the 1st round. In those 4 matches the visitors won convincingly, scoring 21.5 games points to just 2.5!

Richard Ursell has commented that this will be an astonishing 23rd time Highcliffe and Wimborne teams have faced each other this season!

Message sent out by KO Team Handicap Organiser Martin Simons, 20 February 2020

Well done to all teams, hope the matches were enjoyable and well played all winning teams!

You have now given me a bit of a headache as all the away teams won in emphatic style which means 2 teams will have to play away again in the semi-final.

The draw for the semi-final is ….

Poole v Weymouth

Highcliffe v Wimborne

As previously indicated, I have also ensured that teams have been paired against a different team than in any of their knockout matches played last season. Indeed, no team has played each other in the last 3 years.

The 1st named team has the choice of venue. Although Weymouth played away in the 1st round, its travelling distance was zero miles so it is been drawn away versus Poole! To determine which of Highcliffe and Wimborne had the home draw, I had to go back 2 years to see which team had played more home matches then! In this instance, Wimborne had played more so Highcliffe has been awarded the home venue!

Please can you ensure all matches are played by Friday, 10th April 2020.  This gives you 7 weeks to play the match. Please remember that you can select a different average team grade for each of the rounds without penalty so this will mean there is no pressure to play the same 6 players as per first round and also gives each club more flexibility when selecting teams. The handicap system is designed to give clubs who play with a lower average team grade a sporting chance to win the match.

The captains and their emails are as follows:

Weymouth – Allan Pleasants ([email protected])

Poole – Ciprian Stanciu ([email protected])

Wimborne – Peter Wilcock ([email protected])

Highcliffe – Ron Salinger ([email protected])

Could all home captains please contact the away captain within 7 days to agree a date. Please can you let me have the agreed details once they are known so these can be added to LMS. Please also contact me if you are having any problems or if you have any questions.

I attach the latest set of rules and a match scoresheet (please familiarise yourselves with rule 7 on tie breaks). Please remember only grades at the start of the season are to be used (i.e. July 2019).  If you can, please use only players with an ECF A to E grade as these are more reliable. If you intend to use a player with an F or local grade then please contact me prior to the match (we can then use the player’s January 2020 A to E grade or, if there isn’t one, an agreed estimated grade). Rule 3 has been amended to reflect this.

Match results can be reported on LMS and I am happy to receive the results too.

Finally, good luck.

Best wishes


B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Rules


  1. Teams of 6. Only the ECF Grading List at the start of the season will apply.
  2. Each team captain to nominate the average grading strength of his team prior to the commencement of each match.
  3. Ungraded players (these are players who do not have an ECF A to E grade), subject to the controller’s approval, will be graded at their January 2020 ECF A to E grade. If there is no 2020 grade then an approved controller’s estimate will be used.
  4. A player is only eligible to play for one team if he is a bona fide club member.
  5. It is the responsibility of the home captain, upon receiving notification of the draw, to contact the away captain within 7 days of possible dates for the match, otherwise the home advantage will be reversed.
  6. When two teams meet in any round, the difference in the average grades is compared and the higher graded team will need to win by the following scores:-
Grading difference Score required Comments
0 – 4 3 – 3 Tie break rules apply (see rule 6)
5 – 12 3.5 – 2.5
13 – 20 4 – 2
21 – 29 4.5 – 1.5
30 – 37 5 – 1
38 – 45 5.5 – 0.5
46 or more 6 – 0


  1. Tie break rules.   If the score is 3 – 3, then the team that wins individual games on the higher boards will be deemed the winner. This can be determined initially by adding together the winning boards. If team A wins on boards 1 and 4 (= 5) and team B wins on boards 2 and 5 (= 7) then team A wins. If this is equal, then the result on the bottom board is eliminated. e.g. If team A wins on boards 4 and 5 (= 9) and team B wins on boards 3 and 6 (= 9) then there is a tie on the first tie break rule as above but team A then wins 3 – 2 as the board 6 result is eliminated. If board 6 is a draw, then the result on board 5 is eliminated and then board 4 etc until a result is achieved. If all individual matches are draws then there will be a replay.
  2. The away team has white on odd boards.
  3. The time control for each player will 35 moves in 1 hour and 15 minutes and the remainder of the game in 15 minutes.
  4. FIDE rules apply. However, the Tournament Controller’s decision is final.
Bournemouth & Dorset Chess Leagues Handicap Knockout Cup Match Scoresheet
Home Team Away Team
From Date:
Board Home Team Grade Score Away Team Grade
Final Score
Average Grade (A) Average Grade (A)
Required score (see below) Required score (see below)
Declared Winners
Captain’s signature …………………………….. Captain’s signature ……………………………..
Average grading difference (=D1 – D2) Required Score by higher graded team
0 – 4 3 – 3 Tie break rules apply (rule 7)
5 – 12 3.5 – 2.5
13 – 20 4.0 – 2.0
21 – 29 4.5 – 1.5
30 – 37 5.0 – 1.0
38 – 45 5.5 – 0.5
46+ 6.0 – 0.0



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