Rules for the Dorset League 2017/18

(Changes from last season are shown in italics)

(Amended September 2016)

  1. The League shall be managed by the Executive Committee. It shall be open to any club affiliated to the County and paying the League fees as laid down in the Annual General Meeting.
  2. The Young Bournemouth trophy shall be awarded to the club winning Division 1; the Second Division board to the club winning Division 2, and the Third Division board or trophy to the club winning Division 3.
  3. The League shall comprise such a number of divisions as shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting. Each team shall consist of four players who shall be bona fide members of their club. Players in each team shall normally be arranged in current grading order except that a ten point displacement shall be allowed. Before matches commence the two captains should each fill in player’s names and grades on the match score sheet and any discrepancy should be resolved before play commences. Clubs who enter teams in the third division must ensure that the sum of each player’s grade must not exceed 500, with the playing average being a maximum of 125. Clubs who enter teams in the second division must ensure that the sum of each player’s grade must not exceed 600, with the playing average being a maximum of 150. There is no grading limit or restriction in division one.

Grades for the 2017/18 season will be those current at the beginning of the season and any amended grades part way through the season will be ignored as far as the Dorset League grading limits are concerned.

If any team’s total grading points in any division, except division one, exceeds the agreed total relevant to that division, then the following penalty will apply:

Team total exceeded limit by up to and including 5 points (ie 605 points in div 2) then the team will default one board.

Team total exceeded limit by more than 5 points (ie 606 points or more in div 2) then the team will concede two boards.      

However all games will still count for grading purposes.

If a team in division 3 or 2 includes an ungraded player then that player will assume the grade of 125 if division three and 150 if division two. With regard to ungraded players a team captain can request a lower or higher grade (either of which may be a fairer estimate of that players playing strength) for that player provided this has been agreed in advance with the league controller. No player shall represent more than one team in each division in the course of a season, but players from lower divisions may play as reserves in higher divisions.

  1. Clubs participating shall be supplied with a fixture list and a copy of the rules at the start of the season. These fixtures shall be observed, except that, by mutual agreement of both team captains and the League Controller, a match may be delayed by up to one month, provided five days notice is given. (NB-see rules 7a and 7b).
  2. The result of each match, showing individual names, grades and results, shall be sent to the Controller within three days of the match. Both captains are required to submit results. All games are subject to quickplay finish (NB- see rule 7c). In these games the normal rules of chess shall apply until the first time control is reached, thereafter the following rules shall be observed.
  3. Clocks should be started at 7.15pm, unless another time is previously agreed by the match captains, and each match shall have a minimum of three hours play. The rate of play in both divisions shall be: a first time control at 35 moves in 75 minutes per player; at the completion of black’s 35th move both clocks shall be set back by 15 minutes and the game must then be completed within the remaining time. (NB- see rule 7c).
  4. In exceptional circumstances the League Controller shall have the discretion:

(a) To permit one game in any match to be played in advance

(b) To permit the postponement of any match by more than one month

(c) To permit an alternative to the quickplay finish


End of document – Reproduced September 2016

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Dorset Chess3 months ago
The 24th Dorset Rapidplay will take place on Sunday, 24 March '19 and again at Greyfriars, Ringwood. Entry will be possible through the Dorset website just before Christmas '18. Pictured the 2018 joint winners (from the left): Peter Anderson, John Weatherlake, Gregorz Sawicki and Mike Waddington
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Dorset Chess5 months ago
Weds 12 Sept '18 On a most enjoyable night as the season commenced with the traditional curtain raiser, Poole beat Bournemouth 17-12 to win the trophy for the first time in 4 years. Quote from the losing captain Martin Simons "it was a great night, great venue, great spirit and some great chess and very well done to Poole". Martin complimented his team on arriving by 7.15pm for the match and he had no withdrawals. His actual words...."proud and impressed".

Winning captain Eric Sachs commented ' I am so proud of our team where 18 Poole club members took part and were supported ably by Wimborne and Ringwood players. It was a night when all the players came together, but it is lot of work arranging. Martin did much to bring all his players to the match and was very gracious in stepping down to even up the pairings on the top board. It's nice to win at the time, and disappointing to lose on the night, but the overall success of the event and the spirit of 58 local players giving their best, playing chess, is the real winner. Special thanks to the helpers Steve Bailey, John Weatherlake, Adam Jaggard and Graham Morris for managing the bookstall etc and anyone else I have forgotten who supported the evening".
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Dorset Chess6 months ago
See the Poole Chess website for the fascinating story behind Steve Bailey's visually impaired Barbados cricket tour during July '18. The Poole club ran fund raising activities to enable Steve to take part as Head Coach. The tour was a huge success!
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Dorset Chess added 4 new photos — at Bournemouth Library7 months ago
Visited the Bournemouth Junior Chess Club this morning. Such a good turn out and thoroughly enjoyed the chess game analysis/lesson with Ian 👍 #juniorchess