For the Playing Rules in full, please click here (docx) or here (pdf).
to be played according to the FIDE Laws of Chess except
where modified below.
Division 2: restricted to a grade total of 650 ECF per team, with one player only above 190.
Division 3: restricted to a grade total of 500 ECF per team, with one player only above 150.
Division 4: restricted to a grade total of 400 ECF per team, with one player only above 120.
Rapidplay Division: restricted to a total of 650 ECF per team.
1 and 2, the visiting player shall offer, before his or her
first move, at least two alternatives of game finish
method from adjudication, adjournment or quickplay.
The home player shall before his next move select from
those offered. In Divisions 3 and 4, all games are quickplay
unfinished game is to be adjudicated at the end of the
first session: 35 moves in the first 1¼ hours,
followed by 7 moves in each subsequent ¼ hour.
unfinished game is to be adjourned to a second session:
35 moves in the first 1¼ hours, followed by 28
moves in the next hour, then 7 moves in each subsequent
¼ hour. The second session of an adjourned game
shall be played within 28 days and must be played to
a finish or for at least two and a half hours. After
the second session unfinished games shall be adjudicated.
quickplay finish is adopted: 30 moves in the first hour,
then all the remaining moves in 20 minutes [30 minutes in the case of a three-hour playing session].
Alternatively, where digital clocks are being used,
players may, by mutual agreement, use a Fischer time control, with 1¼
hours start time and a 10-second increment before each move [For matches with a three-hour playing session: one hour start time and a 30-second increment before each move].
Matches in the Rapidplay
Division are played over four boards, each player having 25 minutes to
complete his or her moves. Two games are played at each board per
phones may be brought into the playing area but must be switched off or
in silent mode in the playing area. Any such device may be used or
answered only outside the playing area. If any such device is used or
produces any sound in the playing area during play then the player with
the phone should, in the first instance, be warned. A second
offence will result in the loss of the game. These rules may be
relaxed in exceptional circumstances where there is prior agreement
between match captains.