BIRMINGHAM AND DISTRICT CHESS LEAGUE
COMPETITION RULES (Revised June 2015)
(Revised June 2015)
1.1 All the games in the BDCL competitions shall be played in accordance with the Laws of Chess of the International Chess Federation unless otherwise provided by these Rules.
1.2 These BDCL Rules shall apply to all competitions conducted by the League except in cases where the rules of a particular competition provide otherwise.
2.1 The League's Team Competitions shall be open annually to teams of all clubs for the time being affiliated to the League. The following team competitions shall be run in each season: (a) The All-Play-All Championships which shall be organised in divisions according to the estimated playing strength of the competing teams; and (b) The Knock-Out Competitions for the Terrill, Homer, Townshend and Barrington Trophies. There shall also be Knock-Out Individual Tournaments, organised for each division of the League.
2.2 The Frank H Terrill Memorial Trophy shall be open for annual competition to all teams for the time being affiliated to the League. The Gerald Homer Memorial Trophy shall be open for annual competition to those teams which are eliminated from the Terrill Trophy competition in the first round otherwise than by default.
The Dudley M Townshend Memorial Trophy shall be open for annual competition to teams from the lower divisions of the League which are not currently competing for the Frank H Terrill Memorial Trophy. The Management Committee shall determine at the start of each season the highest division of the All-Play-All Competition from which teams shall be eligible to compete for the Dudley M Townshend Memorial Trophy. The Jim Barrington Memorial Trophy shall be open for annual competition to those teams which are eliminated from the Townshend Trophy Competition in the first round otherwise than by default. The Memorial Trophies shall be held by their respective winners for a period of one year and shall be suitably engraved to record the success of the winning team.
2.3 Any team winning the right to hold any trophy belonging to the League shall be responsible for its safe keeping whilst in possession of it and shall also return it to the Honorary General Secretary or designated assistant for presentation to its successors at the proper time.
3.1 Any affiliated club wishing to play in the Team Competitions for any season shall enter its teams in a written notice to the Honorary General Secretary or designated assistant to be received not later than May 31st preceding the start of the season. Late entries may be made provided that they are received by the Honorary General Secretary or designated assistant no later than the 31st August preceding the start of the season and are made in writing. The Management Committee shall have an absolute discretion to accept or refuse such late entries. Late entries accepted by the Management Committee shall be subject to a late entry fee to be decided by the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Such fees shall not exceed £10.
3.2 Before each season begins the Management Committee shall (subject to the provisions of Rule 17.1) group entries for the Team Competition into such divisions as the size and strength of the entry shall necessitate, provided that no division shall contain more than 14 teams. The Committee's decisions concerning such groupings shall be final and binding on all affiliated clubs and teams.
4.1 All players must be registered, as individual members of the League, for the team for which they are to play before they are eligible to play in any of the competitions of the League. All appropriate registration fees must be paid by 31st October.
4.2. The Honorary General Secretary or designated assistant of the League must receive the stipulated number of copies of the initial registrations and additional registrations on forms to be supplied by the League (or suitable facsimiles thereof), at least five clear days before the first match in which the player concerned is to play. No player may be registered after 1st March in any season.
4.3 Every player so registered must have, prior to the player's registration, become a subscribing member of the club requesting the player's registration.
4.4 Any player who has been registered in this league for the last two seasons shall not be accepted for registration as one of the minimum number of players required for a team under rule 4.5 unless that player played in this League at least four times in all in the last two seasons.
4.5 When a club has more than one team competing in the League's events it shall not be entitled to play any matches in any season until it shall have validly registered for each of such teams the number of players required by Rule 7.1 and shall, despite anything contained in Rules 4.11 and 4.12, contain this minimum number of validly registered players throughout the season. In such cases each club shall register its players so that the strongest players are, as far as practicable, placed in the highest division in which the club is playing and the remaining players are allocated to their respective teams in descending order of strength. All lists of players shall be scrutinised by the Scrutiny Sub-Committee which shall include the Honorary General Secretary, the Honorary Records Secretary and the Grading Officer. Where the Scrutiny Committee considers any player to have been registered in a higher or lower team than his playing strength justifies the Honorary Records Secretary shall notify the club concerned and require the player to be registered in accordance with the Committee's decision. Within seven days of receipt of the Honorary Record Secretary's decision, the club may appeal against such requirement to the Rules Committee whose decision shall be final. No such notification which affects players registered prior to 10th December shall be despatched after 10th December.
4.6 The Honorary General Secretary shall be empowered to refuse acceptance of any individual player's registration. Such decision shall be notified to the club concerned but the Honorary General Secretary shall not be required to give reasons for his decision.
4.7 No player may be simultaneously registered for more than one affiliated club, but any player who may desire to be transferred during the season from one club to another shall be entitled to be registered with the new club under the additional registration procedure.
4.8 When a club has more than one team playing in any one division then the teams must be labelled A, B, C ... in strength order with the A team being the strongest team. These teams must correspond to the club's registered list of players submitted in accordance with Rule 4.5.
4.9 If any player shall be proved to have played in any event in the League's programme under any name other than his own in which some other player shall have been registered for play under Competition Rule 4.5 – excepting a name changed by marriage or a lawfully executed deed – the Rules Committee may, in addition to ordering the application of Rule 14.2b or any other appropriate Competition Rule suspend such player and the team or club which included him in the event in question from participation in all match and individual tournament fixtures in the League's programme for the remainder of the season. In addition, the player and the team or club may be precluded from registering for the League's programmes for a period not exceeding five years.
During any period of suspension imposed under this rule no member of a suspended team or club may be transferred to or play for any other team or club in the League. All games scheduled to be played during any period of suspension shall be scored as lost by the offending player, team or club.
4.10 A player is deemed to have played in a match if the player's name is entered on the match card.
4.11 When a club has more than one team in the All-Play-All Championships, any player may play up to 3 times in any season for each of the club's higher teams than that in which the player is registered, including teams in the same division.
4.12 If, in the All-Play-All Championships, a player shall play for a fourth time in any season for any of his club's higher teams than that in which he is registered, or be re-registered in any such team, he shall be deemed to have become registered for play in that club’s higher team and shall, for the remainder of the season, be ineligible to play in any lower team of that club. Nevertheless, nothing in this rule shall affect such player's rights to continue to play for the team, for which he was originally registered, in any of the Knock-Out Competitions.
4.13 In the All-Play-All Championships a registered player may, before 31st December in any season, be re-registered to play for a lower team than that in which he is registered, provided that he shall thereafter be disqualified for the remainder of that season from playing for any higher team (save only the team, for which he was originally registered, in any of the Knock-Out Competitions.).
4.14 In the Knock-Out Competitions matches in the Terrill Memorial Trophy competition and matches in the plate competition for the Homer Memorial Trophy shall be regarded as matches in the same competition. Similarly matches in the Townshend Memorial Trophy Competition and matches in the plate competition for the Barrington Memorial Trophy shall be regarded as matches in the same competition. Nonetheless the Terrill Competition and its plate competition shall be regarded as a separate event from the Townshend Competition and its plate competition. A player may play in the Knock-Out Competition for the league team for which he is registered. The player may also play for a higher team taking part in a Knock-Out Competition than that in which he is registered provided that he shall not play for two teams in the same round of the same Knock-Out Competition.
For the purpose of this rule round two of the Terrill Competition shall be treated as the same as round one of the Homer plate and so on; and round two of the Townshend Competition shall be treated as the same as round one of the Barrington plate.
4.15 For penalties relating to the failure to comply with 4.1–4.14 refer to Rule 14.2
5.1 The Management Committee shall arrange all match fixtures in the All-Play-All Championships so that, as far as possible, (a) each team shall have not more than one match in each fortnight of the season, and (b) each team's home and away matches shall alternate. All matches must be finished by 15th May in each season and any game that remains uncompleted at the end of that day shall be disregarded in deciding the result of the match. The last day for the commencement of postponed matches shall be 22nd April.
5.2 If any division of the All-Play-All Competition shall contain 8 or fewer teams at the start of the season, each such team shall play one home and one away match with each other team therein; but in any division containing 9 or more teams each team shall play one match with each other team therein at venues to be decided by the Management Committee.
5.3 When a club has more than one team in any division of the All-Play-All Championships the matches between such teams shall be played before any of them shall be permitted to play any match against other clubs in that division.
5.4 The Management Committee shall arrange the fixtures in the Knock-Out Competitions and shall conduct all draws for the various rounds subject to the following conditions:-
(a) The first round of the Terrill and Townshend Competitions shall be played in the last week of September which shall be kept free of other fixtures. In the Homer and Barrington Competitions the necessary number of byes shall be drawn in the first round. In the Terrill and Townshend Competitions there shall be no more than one bye in the first round.
(b) Six weeks shall be allotted for completion of the first round and five weeks for subsequent rounds. First adjournments must be played within 21 days.
(c) In the week allotted for the second round of the Terrill and Townshend Competitions the first round of the Homer and Barrington Competitions shall be played and that week shall be kept free of other fixtures. Any necessary byes in the Terrill and Townshend Competitions shall be drawn in the second round. The draw shall be made so that, as far as possible, no team which received a bye, or won a match by walk-over, in the first round shall receive a bye in the second round.
(d) In the third and subsequent rounds, League matches coinciding must be re-arranged forthwith.
(e) The first drawn team in each pairing shall have the choice of venue in all rounds except the finals, which shall be at neutral venues arranged by the Management Committee.
(f) Clubs are instructed to contact one another to confirm the playing arrangements.
(g) The weeks occupied by Christmas and New Year's Day will not be considered as playing time.
6.1 Any team wishing to alter the date of a fixture (other than one governed by Rules 5.3 and 5.4) shall be entitled to do so provided that it shall notify the opposing team not less than 28 days before the original date for the match. When a match is postponed it shall be the duty of both clubs within 14 days thereafter to agree a new date for the fixture and to notify the Hon. Records Secretary thereof at least 7 days before the original date of the match.
6.2 Whenever it may become necessary to request the alteration of a fixture date as a result of some unexpected emergency, bad weather conditions, or the breakdown of public travelling facilities, the team making the request shall seek the agreement of the opposing team. If such agreement be refused, it may apply to the Honorary General Secretary of the League for permission to alter the said date, whereupon the Honorary General Secretary may, after considering the circumstances of the case, either grant or refuse the application, such decision being final and binding on the teams affected thereby. If the Honorary General Secretary cannot be contacted then the club should contact, in the first place, the President, or secondly the Chairman of the Rules Committee. When a match is postponed it shall be the duty of both clubs to agree a new date within 14 days of the Honorary General Secretary's decision, and inform the Honorary Records Secretary within a further seven days.
6.3 Notwithstanding anything contained in Rule 6.1, any team having to play a match in any Knock-Out Competition shall have the right to postpone any other League fixture which it may be due to play in the week fixed for the Knock-Out match provided that at least 7 days' clear notice of the intention to do so shall have been given to the Honorary Records Secretary and to the opponents in the match which is to be postponed. It shall then be the duty of both clubs within 14 days thereafter to agree a new date for the fixture and to notify the Honorary Records Secretary thereof within a further 7 days. For penalties refer to Rule 14.1.
7.1 All matches in the League's competitions shall be played between teams consisting of six players, except in the lowest division where they shall consist of at least four players. The Match Committee shall decide the number of players in each team in the lowest division in each season. Teams in the lowest division which wish to enter the Knock-out Competition must have a minimum of six registered players available.
7.2 Before the start of each match the opposing captains shall list their players in descending order of strength on a match card to be supplied by the League (or a suitable facsimile thereof). They shall then exchange cards and list their teams on the opposition’s card, then returning this card to the opposition. If a captain be aware that any player in his list will be defaulting, the word DEFAULT shall be entered for the name on the lowest possible board and that game immediately recorded as lost by default.
7.3 No alteration or substitution of names in its list shall be made by any team after the commencement of play in any match.
7.4 Odd numbered boards in the home team and even numbered boards in the away team shall have the white pieces in all matches, each player playing one game with that player in the opposing team having the same number as himself.
8.1 All clubs shall include in their entry in the BDCL Handbook the club's designated start time. The start time must be one of 7.00pm, 7.15pm, or 7.30pm and will be the usual start time for all home matches in the League's competitions.
8.2 In all matches in the League's competitions play shall commence and white players' clocks shall be started at the home club's declared start time. However, the captains in any match may mutually agree to vary the starting time of any match provided that the amount of playing time required by Rule 8.3 shall not be shortened.
8.3 The first session of all games in any match shall be played in the home team's club-room on the date and at the time appointed therefore and shall be of sufficient length to meet the requirements of rule 9.
8.4 Clocks shall be provided for all matches in the League's competitions, and they shall be started at all boards at the time fixed for the commencement of play. If the clocks are not started at the due time, any elapsed time must be deducted from the time allowance of the home players.
8.5 If requested at least seven days before a match the visiting club shall be responsible for providing three analogue clocks for a 6-board match.
8.6 When recording moves in accordance with Article 8.1 of the Laws of Chess, a player may use descriptive notation. The offer of a draw shall be marked by =
8.7 With reference to Article 11.3b of the Laws of Chess, the taking of mobile phones into the playing area is permitted provided that they are switched off. If a player’s mobile phone emits any noise during a game then that player loses his game.
9.1 At the time of submission of their initial registrations (as specified in rule 4.2) each team shall indicate their election for playing one or two sessions in their away matches for the forthcoming season.
9.2 In any match where the away team have elected a preference for two sessions the default rate of play for the first session shall be 30 moves in 75 minutes followed by a further 24 moves in the next 60 minutes followed by an additional 15 minutes to complete the game. However, the first session may, by agreement be increased to 36 moves in 90 minutes or 42 moves in 105 minutes.
9.3 In any match where the away team has elected for one session the home team may, provided suitable clocks are available, require that the rate of play shall be 30 moves in 70 minutes followed by an additional 10 minutes to complete the game with 10 seconds per move added throughout (“incremental”). If the home team do not so require the rate of play shall be 30 moves in 75 minutes followed by an additional 15 minutes to complete the game (“quickplay”).
9.4 If the clocks have not already been started in any match the two players in any game may agree to play their game at any of the rates of play specified in 9.2 for two session matches or (subject to the availability of suitable clocks) at either of the rates of play specified in 9.3 for one session matches.
9.5 The captains shall indicate on the match card the nature of the time limit (adjournment, incremental or quickplay), utilised in each individual game.
9.6 In all games where an incremental time limit is not adopted Appendix G of the Laws of Chess shall apply, with the exception of clause G.4. For the purposes of clause G.6 the designated arbiter shall be the Rules Subcommittee of the League.
9.7 Nothing in this Rule 9 affects the right to rely on Rule 12 (Adjudication Procedure) for a two session match.
10.1 A Result Card shall be sent to the Honorary Records Secretary by an official of the home club and also of the visiting club within five days of the date of the match, together with all adjournment dates. For the purpose of this rule a result card shall include an electronic result card approved by the League. When during a season a team fails four times to send in a card within five days, then that team shall have one match point deducted and subsequently one match point deducted for every failure thereafter. When the results are submitted to the Records Secretary on an electronic Result Card, then the original Result Card shall be retained by a club official until the date of the AGM.
10.2 The results of adjournments shall be notified to the Honorary Records Secretary immediately the match has been determined. An adjournment card on all outstanding games must be sent within 26 days of the date of the first session. For the purpose of this rule, an adjournment card shall include an approved electronic adjournment card supplied by the League. Any game for which no report is sent from either club within 26 days of the date of the match shall be disregarded in deciding the result of the match.
11.1 If, at the end of any playing session, any game be unfinished, it shall (provided that Rule 5.1 is not thereby breached) be adjourned upon the following terms:-
a) The player whose turn it is to move shall seal the next move in an envelope to be supplied by the League, sign across the seal and hand it to his opponent who shall be responsible for producing it at the resumption.
FIDE Appendix: Guidelines in case a game needs to be adjourned states:
The player [having the move] must write his move in unambiguous notation on his scoresheet, put his scoresheet and that of his opponent in an envelope, seal the envelope and only then stop the chess clock.
b) The envelope shall be endorsed with a diagram of the position, the players' names, times recorded and the date, venue and time agreed for the resumption of the game. Match captains shall indicate on the result card which player holds the sealed move.
c) One or both players may prefer that the game go for adjudication under the section 12 Adjudication Procedure below, and the result card should be marked accordingly.
11.2 The game shall be resumed within 21 days after any adjournment on a date to be agreed between the players, but in special circumstances the Honorary Records Secretary shall be empowered to extend this period at his discretion.
11.3 The default starting time for all adjournments will be the home club's declared start time. However, the players may agree to start at another time, in which case the envelope shall be endorsed accordingly.
11.4 The venue for the adjourned session of a game shall be the home Club’s room. However, the players may agree to meet at an alternative venue, in which case the envelope shall be endorsed accordingly.
11.5 A player wishing to postpone an adjourned game shall first seek the agreement of his opponent and then inform the Honorary Records Secretary before the date of the original resumption. Within 7 days of the agreement to postpone, both players must agree to a new date subject to the conditions of Rule 10.2. It is the duty of both players to inform the Honorary Records Secretary of the new date. Failure by the players to agree a new date should be communicated to the Honorary Records Secretary who should then take the appropriate action.
12.1 When a match result has been decided between two teams but not all individual games have been resolved, then any player whose game be unresolved may, after compliance with Rule 11.1, state a desire for the game to be adjudicated. Then:-
a) if the opponent agrees then the adjudication procedure set out below shall be followed.
b) if his opponent disagrees with an adjudication and the two players are unable to agree a result between themselves, the game shall be resumed at the venue of the club whose player desired adjudication on a date to be agreed as acceptable within the terms of 11.2.
12.2 The player responsible for holding the sealed envelope shall send it with a claim of a win or draw and fee to the designated Secretary within two days of the match. The opponent shall also send a claim for the game and fee within the same period. Failure by either player to send the appropriate information within the time allowed shall cause his opponent's claim to succeed. Failure by both players shall cause the game result to be declared void.
12.3 The designated Secretary shall be responsible for obtaining an adjudicated result from adjudicators, who shall be appointed by the League Officers at such fee as they shall think fit, and notifying this result to the clubs of the two players concerned and to the Honorary Records Secretary as soon as possible. Adjudication fees shall be charged at £5 each and appeals at £10 each. Fees shall be returned to the successful claimant's club secretary no later than one month before the commencement of the following new season.
12.4 Appeals against adjudication decisions shall be sent, in writing, to the designated Secretary within 7 days of receipt of the decision to be contested. He shall notify the other club concerned of the appeal as soon as possible and that club shall then have 7 days in which to submit any supporting evidence, analysis etc. At the expiration of this time he shall forward the appeal details to an Appeals Adjudicator and in due course notify his decision, which shall be final, to the clubs concerned.
13.1 On the resumption of play in any adjourned game the following procedure shall be adopted:-
a) the playing session shall be arranged to permit sufficient time for completion of the game in accordance with Rule 9.2.
b) at the time of resumption endorsed on the sealed move envelope the position shall be set up and clocks shall be adjusted as prescribed by Appendix E.5 of the Laws of Chess.
c) if the player who is to reply to the sealed move be absent his opponent shall start the absent player's clock, but shall not disclose his sealed move until his opponent's arrival.
d) if the player who has made the sealed move be absent his clock shall be started and shall run until he shall arrive or exceed the time-limit, whichever event shall first occur.
13.2 Any player failing to attend for the resumption of an adjourned game shall lose it by default, but where exceptional circumstances arise the Rules Committee shall (provided that Rule 5.1 is not thereby breached) have the discretion to order the continuation of the game. When during a season four games have been lost by default, due to failure to attend the resumption, by a team, that team shall lose one match point and subsequently one match point for each default thereafter.
14.1 A team shall lose a match by default:-
a) if it shall fail to arrive at the venue within 75 minutes of the time fixed for the start of play.
b) if it shall fail to comply with the requirements of Rules 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.2, and 8.4.
c) if it shall neglect or refuse to comply with the requirements of any other of these rules, or shall agree with any other team to commit any breach thereof.
14.2 A game shall be lost by default:-
a) if a player shall fail to arrive at the venue for any session of a game before his time allowance has expired.
b) by any player who is not validly registered, under Rules 4.1-4.14 hereof, for play in that particular game, and in the case of such a default the player's team shall also lose one penalty point from its score in the match.
c) for any failure in respect of that game to comply with the requirements of Rules 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, and 13.1 hereof.
15.1 A game won in any match in the League's competitions shall score 1 point (including a game won by default). Half a point shall be scored for a drawn game and no points for a lost game (including one lost by default).
15.2 Additional game points shall be scored by any team in the Knock-Out Competitions which shall be playing a team from a division in the All-Play-All Competition higher than its own, according to the following tables:
TERRILL AND TOWNSHEND AND
HOMER TROPHIES BARRINGTON TROPHIES
Div 1 2 3 4
versus A team versus
Div 2 2½ a team 1 div higher ½
Div 3 3½ 1½ a team 2 divs higher 1½
Div 4 4½ 2½ ½ a team 3 divs higher 2½
Divs 5-10 4½ 3½ 1½ ½ a team 4 divs higher 3½
16.1 In respect of all matches in the All-Play-All Competition a team shall score 2 points for a match won (including one won by default), 1 point for a match drawn, and 0 for a match lost (including one lost by default).
16.2 If a team shall retire from any division in the All-Play-All Competition during a season its results shall be ignored in calculating the table for that division if less than half of its fixtures have been played. If half or more of its fixtures have been played its unplayed fixtures shall be scored as won by default by its respective opponents therein.
16.3 The team scoring the greatest number of points in each division of the All-Play-All Competition shall hold the title of Champions of its division for the ensuing 12 months together with a trophy provided by the League for that division.
16.4 If any team defaults three matches in the League competitions then that team will be deemed to have retired from the League competition and Rule 16.2 will then apply.
17.1 At the end of each season's All-Play-All Competition, teams shall be promoted and relegated in the following manner:-
Division 1: bottom two teams relegated to next lower division; Lowest Division: top two teams promoted to next higher division; All Other Divisions: top two teams promoted to next higher division and bottom two teams relegated to next lower division.
18.1 In the event of a tie in match points between two or more teams for the championship of a division, runners-up in division one or for any place involving promotion or relegation, the teams concerned shall play a match or matches to resolve the tie on such dates and at such venues as the Management Committee shall appoint. Such matches shall be between teams composed of the number of players required by Rule 7.1. If any such tie-splitting match shall be drawn, the following procedure shall apply to it:-
a) each team shall add together the numbers of the boards at which it won games in the match and the team which shall have the smallest total shall be the winner, but if the tie shall not thereby be split; then
b) games shall be eliminated from the match from the bottom board upwards until the respective team scores shall become unequal, when the team remaining with the higher total of game points shall be the winner, but if the tie shall still not thereby be split; then
c) the match shall be replayed and the foregoing splitting procedure repeated (if necessary) until a decision shall be reached.
18.2 Where matches in the Knock-Out Competitions are drawn, the procedure as shown in Rule 18.1 (a), (b) and (c) of this Rule shall apply.
19.1 There shall be a separate Individual Tournament for each division of the All-Play-All Competition. Each entrant must be eligible for ordinary League play in the divisional tournament for which he enters on 1st October. Any player may enter either the tournament for the division in which he is registered or, provided the Tournament Sub-Committee has a place available for him, that for any higher division.
19.2 Two members of each team may be nominated. Any other players may enter; if the total entry exceeds 32 players the Tournament Sub-Committee shall determine by lot which of the additional players shall be admitted. Players not admitted shall have their entry fees returned. The Management Committee shall, at the start of each season, fix the entry fee for the competition. These fees shall form the basis of a prize fund to be administered at the discretion of the Management Committee.
19.3 Each affiliated club shall forward the names, addresses and, if applicable, telephone numbers of the players entering the competition, together with the entry fees, to the Chairman of the Tournament Sub-Committee not later than October 1st.
19.4 The default rate of play for the first session shall be 30 moves in 75 minutes followed by a further 24 moves in the next 60 minutes followed by an additional 15 minutes to complete the game. However, the first session may, by agreement be increased to 36 moves in 90 minutes or 42 moves in 105 minutes. Alternatively, provided suitable clocks are available, the players may agree that the rate of play shall be 30 moves in 70 minutes followed an additional 10 minutes to complete the game with 10 seconds per move added throughout or they may agree that the rate of play shall be 30 moves in 75 minutes followed by an additional 15 minutes to complete the game.
19.5 It shall be the duty of the player to whom choice of venue is given by the Tournament Sub-Committee in any game to communicate with his opponent offering alternative dates and informing him of the venue he has chosen.
19.6 The draw for each round shall be made by the Chairman of the Tournament Committee, and results must be reported to him by such dates as he shall stipulate in notifying the players of their pairings. Any application for an extension of time shall be made to the Chairman of the Committee who shall have power to grant or refuse it in his absolute discretion.
19.7 The final round of each of the divisional tournaments shall be played on such date and at such venue as the Tournament Sub-Committee shall appoint. An arbiter shall be appointed by the Tournament Sub-Committee to act thereat.
19.8 The Chairman of the Tournament Committee shall have the power to declare any game in the Individual Tournaments lost to any player who neglects or refuses to comply with these rules in any way.
19.9 Prizes and Trophies (to be held in each case for a period of one year) shall be awarded to winners of the divisional tournaments in the Tournament Sub-Committee's absolute discretion.
20.1 If any dispute shall arise in a match or game, particulars must be sent in writing by the complainant club to the Chairman of the Rules Sub-Committee and a copy of the complaint shall at the same time be sent to the Honorary Records Secretary. All details relating to any dispute must be sent within 7 days except those relating to a dispute about board order which must be sent within 14 days.
20.2 If a League Official shall have reason to believe that there has been a breach of the foregoing rules in connection with any match he shall, as soon as possible, notify the secretaries of the clubs involved. Any complaint arising shall then be sent in writing by the complainant club to the Chairman of the Rules Committee within 7 days of this notification. A copy of the complaint shall at the same time be sent to the Honorary Records Secretary.
20.3 The Chairman of the Rules Committee shall notify the Secretary of the Club of the player(s) against which the complaint is made, setting out details of the complaint and asking for confirmation or rebuttal of the complaint.
20.4 The Chairman of the Rules Committee shall endeavour to settle the dispute amicably, failing which the dispute will be placed before the next meeting of his Committee.
20.5 The chairman of the Rules Committee has the right to request any original match card from the holder.
20.6 Any club or individual found by the Rules Committee to be bringing the game into disrepute by misconduct shall be subject to a penalty to be fixed by the Committee.
20.7 The decision of the Rules Committee shall be final.
21.1 When the responsibilities of the Honorary Records Secretary are divided between or amongst two or more people any reference in these Rules to the Honorary Records Secretary is to be taken as a reference to the Secretary responsible for the division or knock-out competition in question.
21.2 Where a masculine pronoun appears in these Rules it is to be taken to include the equivalent feminine pronoun.
21.3 Notification in writing required by these Competition Rules may, with the consent of the recipient, be given by e-mail.
G.1 A ‘quickplay finish’ is the phase of a game when all the remaining moves must be completed in a finite time.
G.2 Before the start of an event it shall be announced whether this Appendix shall apply or not.
G.3 This Appendix shall only apply to standard play and rapidplay games without increment and not to blitz games.
[G.4 omitted – does not apply in the BDCL]
G.5 If Article G.4 does not apply and the player having the move has less than two minutes left on his clock, he may claim a draw before his flag falls. He shall summon the arbiter and may stop the chess clock (see Article 6.12 b). He may claim on the basis that his opponent cannot win by normal means, and/or that his opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means
(a) If the arbiter agrees that the opponent cannot win by normal means, or that the opponent has been making no effort to win the game by normal means, he shall declare the game drawn. Otherwise he shall postpone his decision or reject the claim.
(b) If the arbiter postpones his decision, the opponent may be awarded two extra minutes and the game shall continue, if possible, in the presence of an arbiter. The arbiter shall declare the final result later in the game or as soon as possible after the flag of either player has fallen. He shall declare the game drawn if he agrees that the opponent of the player whose flag has fallen cannot win by normal means, or that he was not making sufficient attempts to win by normal means.
(c) If the arbiter has rejected the claim, the opponent shall be awarded two extra minutes.
G.6 The following shall apply when the competition is not supervised by an arbiter:
(a) A player may claim a draw when he has less than two minutes left on his clock and before his flag falls. This concludes the game.
He may claim on the basis:
(1) that his opponent cannot win by normal means, and/or
(2) that his opponent has been making no effort to win by normal means.
In (1) the player must write down the final position and his opponent must verify it.
In (2) the player must write down the final position and submit an up-to-date scoresheet. The opponent shall verify both the scoresheet and the final position.
The claim shall be referred to the designated arbiter.