Shropshire Minor Individual Rules

Shropshire Minor Individual Rules

A 7 round swiss tournament starting in October and completing June.

Entry fee: £10 payable to Shropshire Chess Association. The best way to pay is via online payment into the shropshire bank account:
Name:              Shropshire Chess Association
Account No:   60809748
Sort Code:      20-77-85
If paying online, entries should still be sent to the controller.

Grade Restriction: The individual is only open to players graded 125 and below as per the July grading list.

Time Limit: 1 hours 35 minutes for all moves. If both players agree, alternative time controls may be played.

Venue: Player with the black pieces may choose the venue. Games may be played at a player's house if both players agree. All juniors (18 or below) may play all their matches at the home venue.

Results: Players should submit their results to the controller without delay.

Dates: A target date will be set by which players should endeavor to play their opponent for that round. Players should notify the controller if they can't play their game before the deadline. If a game has not been played by this date, the controller will estimate the result using the assumption of a win for the higher graded player and a draw for the lower graded player, until the actual match result is submitted.

1st:                                 £50
2nd:                                £30
U110 Grading prize:       £25
U101 Grading prize:       £25
U80  Grading prize:        £25

  • Players can only win one prize. July's grading list prior to the start of the tournament will be used to determine the grading prizes. If players are ungraded, to determine their grading bracket their January grading performance will be calculated excluding minor individual results.
  • Where players are tied the sum of progressive scores will be used to decide places. If the players are still tied the prize will be split equally.

The winner will also receive the individual trophy to keep for one year.

Additional Online Rules

As a result of COVID-19 all individual games must be played online. All of the above rules continue to apply with the following exceptions:

Platform: Players should play their matches on Lichess but may use another platform if both players agree. Players must always play a rated match to ensure anti-cheating software is activated.
A guide to Lichess Challenges can be found here.

Disconnects: If a player disconnects during the match, that player should attempt to reconnect as soon as possible. If that player is unable to reconnect they will lose the match although both players can agree to finish the match on another night. 

Cheating Policy:  If a player suspects their opponent of cheating or a player is banned by the engine mid-match, that player should finish the game and only after submit a URL of the game to the controller. The player should at no point directly accuse their opponent of cheating during or after the match. If after review, the controller concurs cheating has occurred the accused player will lose the match and possibly be withdrawn from the competition at the controllers discretion. Otherwise the result will stand. The controller will give the accused the right to make representation before ruling the match forfeit. This decision may be appealed.

If a player chooses to suspend the game and submit a cheating complaint and the controller decides that player's complaint is unwarranted, that player will lose the match. This decision may be appealed.

If a player accuses 2 separate opponents of cheating and the controller clears the accused on both occasions, at the controllers discretion the accuser may be withdrawn from the competition. This decision may be appealed.

Grading: Games will be submitted to the ECF to receive an online ECF grade (this is separate from any over the board grade).