The B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup is open to any club playing in the B&DCL or the Dorset League.

2022 Rules

1. Teams of 6.

2. The latest live monthly ECF rating list will apply.

3. The average rating strength of the team to be used prior to the commencement of each match. Where there is a player default, the average rating of the remaining players will be used.

4. Unrated players (these are players who do not have an ECF A to E rating), subject to the controller’s approval in advance of the match, will be provided with an estimated local rating.

5. A player is only eligible to play for one team.

6. 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. A neutral venue may be used where there is more than 30 miles distance between the two clubs.

7. When two teams meet in any round, the difference in the average ratings is compared and the higher graded team will need to win by the following scores:-

Average Rating
Score Required Comments
    0 –   30 3 – 3 Tie break rules apply (see rule 8)
  31 –   90 3.5 – 2.5
  91 – 150 4 – 2
151 – 210 4.5 – 1.5
211 – 270 5 – 1
271 – 350 5.5 – 0.5
351 or more 6 – 0


8. 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.

9. The away team has White on odd boards.

10. The time control for each player will 35 moves in 1 hour and 15 minutes followed by the remainder of the game in 15 minutes. If both team captains agree, the time control can be 1 hour with 30 second increments.

11. FIDE rules apply. However, the Tournament Controller’s decision is final.

Please see the following Results Sheet which should be printed out and used in matches.

If the Results Sheet does not appear on your screen, then please check your download folder.