English Federation for Correspondence Chess

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EFCC MEDALS TOURNAMENTS RULES

1. The EFCC Executive Committee will appoint a tournament organiser who will act as or appoint a tournament director for each Medal tournament. The tournament organiser is authorised by the EFCC Executive Committee to take whatever decisions are required in relation to the running of the EFCC Medal tournaments.

2. The EFCC Medal tournaments will be held every year and will be open to all English flagged players and players who are able (in the case of new players) to be registered to play under the England flag in the ICCF. The EFCC reserves the right to decline an entry or entries without stating a reason or entering into any further correspondence.

3. The tournament organiser shall receive entries with the entry fee as decided by the EFCC Executive Committee by the date agreed in consultation with the tournament co-ordinator which will normally be 15th March of each year the tournament is held.

4. Play will commence by the date agreed between the tournament organiser and the tournament co-ordinator, normally in April of that year. There will be no end date.

5. ICCF playing and tournament rules for server play will apply. All games will be played on the ICCF server.

6. The ICCF standard time control of 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days will be used. 45 days of leave per year are available to each player. There will be no special leave in these tournaments.

7. Players cannot agree to a draw before move 25. Draw offers are restricted to one offer per player every 10 moves (called the ten moves draw rule). Ties are broken by ICCF rule 1.3.4.2. If needed, adjudicators will be selected by the ICCF server.

8. There will be tournaments of up to three levels. These will be designated as:

a) EFCC Gold Medal tournament

b) EFCC Silver Medal tournament

c) EFCC Bronze Medal tournament

9. Allocation of entries to these tournaments will be at the sole discretion of the tournament organiser but will usually be in groups between seven and thirteen players. The winner of a EFCC Silver Medal tournament having a positive score will be promoted to an EFCC Gold Medal tournament the following season should that tournament be held. The winner of a EFCC Bronze Medal tournament having a positive score will be promoted to an EFCC Silver Medal tournament the following season should that tournament be held. All other entries will be allocated in descending order of ICCF rating. (valid as at 1st April in the year the event is due to start).

10. If the total number of entries received is too many, the tournament organiser may decide to run more than one WS Medal tournament described under 8 a), 8 b) or 8 c).

11. The tournament organiser has sole discretion as to whether the tournaments will be played on an ‘all-play-all’ or ‘double round’ basis.

12. For each tournament the following EFCC Master points and EFCC Candidate Master points will be allocated at the end of the tournament:

a) EFCC Gold Medal tournament: first placed player will earn 8 points towards the EFCC Master Title; second placed player will earn 4 points towards the EFCC Master Title; third placed player will earn 2 points towards the EFCC Master Title. Where a player who is already an EFCC Master receives EFCC Master points, those points will count towards the EFCC Senior Master title.

b) EFCC Silver Medal tournament: first placed player will earn 10 points towards the EFCC Candidate Master Title; second placed player will earn 6 points towards the EFCC Candidate Master Title; third placed player will earn 3 points towards the EFCC Candidate Master Title.

c) EFCC Bronze Medal tournament: first placed player will earn 5 points towards the EFCC Candidate Master Title; second placed player will earn 3 points towards the EFCC Candidate Master Title.

Where players are declared equal after the application of ICCF rule 1.3.4.2, these points will be shared between those players who are declared equal. Any conversion between EFCC Master points and EFCC Candidate Master points will be at the discretion of the EFCC Executive Committee should an application be received by the tournament organiser.

13. a) The winner of the EFCC Gold Medal tournament will receive an engraved medal and £20.

b) The winner of the EFCC Silver Medal tournament will receive an engraved medal and £15.

c) The winner of the EFCC Bronze Medal tournament will receive an engraved medal and £10.

d) All of these medals will be provided by the EFCC.

14. Any matters concerning the organisation and running of the tournament not covered in these rules and any appeals against the decisions of the tournament organiser will be determined by the EFCC Rules Sub-Committee whose decision shall be final.

15. Any matters concerning the ICCF rules for server play will be decided by the ICCF whose decision shall be final.
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Tournament Organiser: SIM Ian M Pheby, IA -  


 

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