Bacchus – 8 clubs interested – teams 3 or more; sponsorship
18 June. 8 clubs have expressed interest so far, which is great, so this new league looks likely to run. Reminder that the key aim is to give graded match experience to players who are perhaps new to league chess, or inexperienced and do not normally get the chance to play against other clubs. Ideas and suggestions still welcome. E.g. feedback is most clubs do not want players taking part actual, or estimated, grade 100 and above. It is hoped, in reality, many players participating will have an actual, or estimated graded well below 99. So that has been put in, except 1 over grade player acceptable, but only if both clubs agree in advance. Some concern about avoiding long travel and will try and address that, if it is possible.
Next step. The B&DCL AGM 12 June ’18 supported the idea, so will now be put to the County League AGM this week, 20 June at Poole for outline approval. If all continues positively, the League will be launched in the Summer and fixtures drafted for an Autumn start. At the B&DCL AGM is was explained there would be no cost to either League, nor fees for each team. But due to some sponsorship each team entering will be receive £20 towards their club funds as an encouragement to get Bacchus off the ground. It was confirmed teams could be any size, whatever Captains agree in advance, from 3 upwards.
To answer a question. It was a puzzle what to call this new competition if it got off the ground. It emerged that some, in the small circle exchanging ideas, enjoyed an evening glass of Merlot. But calling it the “Merlot League” seemed to exclude those with other preferences for an evening nightcap. So Bacchus, the God of Wine, was suggested.
The draft guidelines for the new league are as follows:
The Bacchus League (draft 4, 18 June ’18)
The aim is to offer graded league conditions matches for players who do not normally get the opportunity to play in league matches, or are new to more competitive chess
- The league will be run under DCCA but is not part of B&DCL or DCL, so does not jeopardise eligibility to play in existing leagues. So players could play in all without prejudice
- Teams must be from clubs who are B&DCL and/or Dorset County members, but flexible to encourage new clubs, teams
- Games will be played under FIDE rules
- Players must be graded under 100, but one player over grade 100 in permitted, but only if the opposing team agrees in advance
- No match fees in 1st season
- Teams are typically 4 boards, but can be more if the clubs agree, or could be 3
- The spirit is to organise a team in playing strength order, but there are no penalties if this convention is not followed
- Clocks to be used – time control is 30 moves in an hour each and 15 minutes each to finish, but Time Increments are acceptable, providing both clubs agree in advance (1 hr + 15 secs a move, or whatever, but at least 1 hr each)
- Results will be sent to the County Grader for grading (and so clubs may incur a fee if that player is not an ECF member and 4 or more games played in Bacchus)
- Aim to have about 6 matches in total, so if 4 teams entered it would be a double round, 3 teams then 4 matches
- Although taking part is considered the priority, results will be published on the website and a league table produced
- Given taking part is key, every team participating will receive a cash prize of £20, towards club funds, but no “champions” per se
End and up to date at 18 Jun ’18 (v4)