TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS – 04/09/20
That`s nine weeks gone already in this new venture by TAFCA! We have five weeks left of the league campaign, three weeks left in division one, and two weeks left in division two. Some teams have only one match left to play (div 2) so they need to make that count!

There have been a couple of hitches along the way, but for the most part minor in nature. We have learnt a lot from this trial run and can look forward with confidence to the future of chess online.

 

In division one the number 1 team grading wise, Dundee Allosaurus` are top of the division and looking on course to win it with just two matches left for them. St.Andrews Fun Team A and Castlehill Armadillo`s can still catch the Allosaurus` if the slip up or become extinct again!

In division two, Castlehill Cobra`s lead the way, with Dundee Centrosaurus`on the same points but having played one more match! Dundee Centrosaurus` were leading having won all their first 4 matches and were looking the strongest side in the division, along with the Cobra`s. But in their last match they had lost the services of their top seeded player for their match against Castlehill Dragons. On paper the Centrosaurus` should still have won, but you don`t play on paper, but chess boards and on the night the Dragons had more fire power and upset the apple cart to give their club mates, the Cobra`s a great chance to win the division. It may well all hinge on the last match of the season when the Centrosaurus` take on the Cobra`s! Of course other teams might have a big say before then!

Still all to play for in both divisions so bring on week 10!

TEAM BATTLE

A reminder that on Monday 12th October 2020, 7:30pm, we will be holding a “Team Battle” between all the teams involved in both TAFCA Online divisions. Time-control still to be confirmed. Please can you all keep that night free to play for your team in what will be the “End of the end show” for the TAFCA league online! Ant & Dec will not be there to compare. but of course Ray & Jim will be!

 

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TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS – 30/08/20

We are now 8 weeks into the TAFCA Online League and it seems just like the OTB league when it comes to who’s winning and losing!

In division one, Dundee Allosaurus` top the table having won all 4 of their matches. They are a very strong team and will take some catching, but you never know. On their coat tails as usual is Castlehill Armadillo`s who also have not lost a game, but have drawn two matches. The same goes for St.Andrews Fun Team A who are on the same points as Armadillo`s! There are two “B” teams in this division and Castlehill Bandicoot`s are in 4th place above the rest of the “A” teams! Not bad at all!

In division two, Dundee Centrosaurus` sit top unbeaten after 4 matches, but are closely followed by Castlehill Cobra`s who are also unbeaten having played 3 matches. It should be a humdinger when they both meet each other on 29th Sept! But I am sure Newport Knights Belle`s will have a say in who’s going to finish in top spot as they sit in third place ready to take advantage of any slip ups from the two top teams!

Week 9 – Div 2
Good luck to all teams this week! A division one match (Dundee Allosaurus` v Castlehill Bandicoot`s) will also be on this week, having been brought forward a week to make room for the 4ncl matches.

 

We also have a searchable database of all the matches played in the TAFCA League Online 2020 which you can play through or download. They also come with some small analysis included. Nothing too much trouble for the best online league on the east coast of the UK!

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TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS – 01/08/20

That`s four weeks gone in the TAFCA League Online and apart from a couple of hic-cups, all has gone astonishingly smoothly! Those that have taken part so far seem to have enjoyed the chess and experience of playing on line in what I think is a well organised league, but of course I would say that!

Dundee Allosaurus` sit top of division one on 4 points, just ahead of Newport Knights Athletic also on 4 points, separated only by board points!

But in division two it`s the other way around as Newport Knights Belles sit top on four points ahead of Dundee Centrosaurus` on board points!

A long way to go and a few twists and turns to come!

Remember all the matches are in our new searchable database and can be viewed and downloaded!

Also a reminder that we have 4 online video guides covering “Challenging”, “accepting”, “ending a match” and just added, “How to watch your team mates matches while playing your own!” Worth a look!

A big thank you to all clubs, teams, captains and players for making the first 4 weeks a resounding success! Keep it up please, but most of all, enjoy!

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TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS – 19/07/20

 It seems the big guns worked it all out as well! Apart from a couple of very minor hitches, it all went swimmingly just like the first week! After the completion of all the first matches in both leagues, I would like to thank all those involved for helping out and making sure it all went without a major bang! There were no surprise results, but some came close to it!

We have set the bar high in the first two weeks, now we need to keep to those high standards for the rest of the league season!

The second round of division two matches take place this week (20th to 23rd July 20) and we welcome St.Andrews Bee Movie onboard in their first match as they had a free week when we started up!

 

Now things will begin to take shape in the leagues and I for one can`t wait!

 

Good luck to all teams and players taking part this week!

 

***All fixtures, results, league tables and games (pgn) can be found on the TAFCA website. You can play through the games online, see analysis and download individual games or the lot in one download. The upload of results and tables to the website will be instant where possible, but as soon as the info comes in, it`s up!

 

 

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TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS – 10/07/20

Well would you Adam & Eve it? The first week of the online league and not a hitch in sight!

• All challenges made & accepted!
• Colours and time controls all correct!
• All matches started and finished on time!

The division two players showed everybody how it`s done! Now we will need to wait until next week to see if the big guns can do the same!

All matches were close including the 3 – 1 result which could have been a draw! Dundee Chess Club started it all off with their derby match between Centrosaurus` & Datousaurus` (Thanks Jim for all the spell checking I have to do!).

 

Castlehill Chess Club finished the week with their derby match between Dragons & Cobra`s and in between was the Kirkcaldy B & Newport Knights Belles match!

 

All fixtures, results, league tables and games (pgn) can be found on the TAFCA website. You can play through the games online, see analysis and download individual games or the lot in one download. The upload of results and tables to the website will be instant where possible, but as soon as the info comes in, it`s up!

 

I would like to thank all the players, captains and clubs for all their hard work and making everything run like clockwork! A big thank you to all the members of the sub-committee for getting this off the ground and running! And last but never least, thank you to Jim Anderson who’s help and advice has been invaluable over the last three weeks!

Next week , division 1 teams start their campaigns off and we have 4 matches on, including two derby matches!

Good luck to all!

 


TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS – 22/06/20

Well here we go with a new chapter in TAFCA history as we start playing chess competitions “ONLINE”!

The online league starts on Tuesday 6th July 20 with the division two clash between Dundee Centrosaurus` & Dundee Datousaurus`. The league finishes on Thursday 8th October 20, and then on Monday 12th October 20, we will hold a team Jamboree with all teams playing on the night!

Under the main menu heading (top) “TAFCA Online” you will find all the information you will need on the TAFCA League Online! Just hover over menu and checkout the sub-menus.

• TAFCA League Online News
(All the latest news on our online league!)

• Fixtures – Results – Tables – Team & Player info
( Here you will find the fixtures for the league, all match results, the league tables and all info pertaining to team and players including usernames, etc)

• Matches on plus Links
(The match card online with what teams are playing, what board a player is on and who the players are playing against, including usernames! Not only that, there will be links to every match on so you can keep an eye on them if you wish). COOL!

• Guides
(To help players not familiar with using Lichess we have a series of guides for Captains and Players. You will also find the online rules here as well and a guide for using lichess. They are all downloadable and printable. Not only that you will also find “VIDEO GUIDES” on Making a Challenging, accepting a challenge and much more.)

You should all be familiar with the rules as the TAFCA League Online will be run the same way as the OTB TAFCA League, but with a few minor changes to accommodate the fact we are playing online (See rules & guides).

Your captain will be in touch when the time comes for you to play and give you all the info you need to play your game. You can also find it on this website under “TAFCA ONLINE!”

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TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS – 22/06/20

Well here we go with a new chapter in TAFCA history as we start playing chess competitions “ONLINE”!

The online league starts on Tuesday 7th July 20 with the division two clash between Dundee Centrosaurus` & Dundee Datousaurus`. The league finishes on Thursday 8th October 20, and then on Monday 12th October 20, we will hold a team Jamboree with all teams playing on the night!

Under the main menu heading (top) “TAFCA Online” you will find all the information you will need on the TAFCA League Online! Just hover over menu and checkout the sub-menus.

  • TAFCA League Online News
    (All the latest news on our online league!)
  • Fixtures – Results – Tables – Team & Player info
    ( Here you will find the fixtures for the league, all match results, the league tables and all info pertaining to team and players including usernames, etc)
  • Matches on plus Links
    (The match card online with what teams are playing, what board a player is on and who the players are playing against, including usernames! Not only that, there will be links to every match on so you can keep an eye on them if you wish). COOL!
  • Guides
    (To help players not familiar with using Lichess we have a series of guides for Captains and Players. You will also find the online rules here as well and a guide for using lichess. They are all downloadable and printable. Not only that you will also find “VIDEO GUIDES” on Making a Challenging, accepting a challenge and much more.)

You should all be familiar with the rules as the TAFCA League Online will be run the same way as the OTB TAFCA League, but with a few minor changes to accommodate the fact we are playing online (See rules & guides).

Your captain will be in touch when the time comes for you to play and give you all the info you need to play your game. You can also find it on this website under “TAFCA ONLINE!”

MAIN NEW ONLINE RULES ADDED TO TAFCA OTB LEAGUE RULES
(Rules numbering used as in official TAFCA League Online rules)

1.1: All matches will be played on “lichess.org”
9: POSTPONEMENTS
9.1: Any change of the match fixtures must be notified to the league controller immediately by the captain requesting the rearrangement.
9.2: Matches between teams of the same club may not be postponed by more than seven days. Matches between teams of different clubs may not be postponed by more than two weeks. (see rule 9.3)
9.3: Rearranged matches between teams with both captains consent can be played anytime between Mon to Thurs. (subject to rule 9.2). The home team can insist on it being their designated club night only.
9.4: Prior to the commencement of the season, and not later than 7 days prior to the first published fixtures, either team of any fixture (except those covered by 9.2) may insist on a change to the date set down in the fixture list. The new date must be mutually agreed and arranged in accordance with rule
9.5: After the commencement of the season postponements may only be by mutual agreement. A team requesting postponement shall have no right to insist on a postponement. Disputes in such cases must be referred to the League controller who shall have the final say.
9.6: When a postponement has been agreed it shall be the responsibility of the captain requesting that postponement to offer and agree an alternative date with the other captain, subject to rules 9.2 & 9.3. Both captains must immediately inform the League controller of the new arrangement. Failure to comply with this rule will result in default by the offending team. (see rule 8.2)
13: STARTING TIMES

13.1: Play commences at 7.30 p.m.
13.2: If a players does not except or make the challenge (see rule 14.6) by 7:45pm, the offending player will be defaulted. (see rules 19)

13.3: A player cannot claim a default for no show of opponent until 7:45pm.
13.4: In exceptional circumstances the captains can agree to re-play the match in accordance with rules 9.2; 9.2 & 9.3.
13.5: A captain can appeal to league controller in exceptional circumstance to request a game being replayed. League controllers decision final subject to rule 21.2.

14: PREPARATION FOR PLAY

14.1: Captains must submit their team list by email to league controller no later than 7:30pm the night before the match. (This will be by email for now:
( tafcaonline@gmail.com )

14.2: The league controller will email both captains with team lists and handles and any other relevant info no later than 1pm on day of match.

14.3: A team list may only be changed after the deadline specified in 14.2 if:
(a) – The opposing captain agrees that the team composition may be amended.
(b) – There was an administrative error by league controller when emailing captains with team     lists.
(c) – Any protest about the composition of a team must be made before the scheduled start of the round.

 

14.4: Team captains are responsible for making sure all their players are online and ready to play by 7:30pm.

 

14.5: If any named player fails to take part, then that board must be clearly marked “default” when emailing results to league controller.

 

14.6: The player with white side is the one responsible for initiating the challenge to his opponent. (see guide to playing matches on Lichess)

14.7: Known defaults must be on the lowest boards.
15: CLOCKS

15.1: Lichess Online Clocks must be used in all games.

 

15.2: The player with white is responsible for setting the time-control and correct time for match on lichess when making the challenge (see Guide to playing matches on Lichess!)

17: TIME

17.1: All moves in 45 minutes plus 15 seconds per move from move 1, each player.
18: SUBMISSION OF RESULTS

18.1: All players must report the result of their individual match to their respective team captain as soon as the match is completed.

18.2: The result of the match, containing full details of the match, must be emailed by both team captains within 5 days following the match to league controller. (This will be by email for now:( tafcaonline@gmail.com )

 

18.3: Submission of match results must not be delayed. Where the result is not received by the league controller within the appointed time, the team who has not sent in result shall be penalised 1 match point.

20: ONLINE FAIR PLAY REGULATIONS

20.1: It is illegal to use computer software of any kind. Any player deemed to have used said software will be barred from TAFCA in all forms. (Subject to rule 21.2)

 

21: OTHER

21.1: The league controller may apply penalties as they see fit for any flagrant or premeditated breaches of the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.

21.2: An appeal against a decision by the league controller may be made to the TAFCA committee. Notice of such an appeal must be made in writing and received within four days of the original decision.