TAFCA WINTER OTB LEAGUE 2023-24

Updated: 23/04/24 – 16:20 hrs

SEASON 2023-24

Week 
All tables updated week ending 28/04/24: Division One: All leagues fixtures now completed!


Week 29
All tables updated week ending 21/04/24: Division One: Castlehill D & St Andrews Uni B are relegated!


Week 28
All tables updated week ending 14/04/24: Division One Champions: Dundee A:  Division Two Champions: Newport Knights A


Week 27
All tables updated week ending 07/04/24


Week 26
All tables updated week ending 30/03/24


Week 25
All tables updated week ending 24/03/24


Week 24
All tables updated week ending 17/03/24


Week 23
All tables updated week ending 10/03/24


Week 19
All tables updated week ending 1/02/24.


Week 18
Two matches played and tables updated!


Week 17
Four matches played and two, postponed or defaulted? See league tables for standings!


Week 16
Two matches completed, one match defaulted. All fixtures updated on website. Please check for any error and get back to me if need be!


Week 15: (Festive break weeks 12-14) 
All fixtures played and info updated on website. Please check for errors and get back to me if need be!


Week 11
All fixtures played and info updated on website. Please check for errors and get back to me if need be!


Week 10
Four fixture matches played, one re-arranged fixture played, One fixture postponed. Website updated!

—————————————-

Week Eight
Four matches played, two postponed, and website updated!

——————————-

Week Seven
Four matches played and website updated!

——————————-

Week Six
No matches played.

———————————-

Week Five

One match postponed due to driver illness. All results and standings updated in all tables.

——————————————-

Week Four

Two matches postponed due to weather, SB v CA & CJ v SC: One match played in div 2. All tables updated.

————————————–

Week Three
Three matches in div 1 had to be postponed due to Storm Babet. Two matches played in div 2, but one was defaulted due to ineligible player.

————————-

Week Two
All 3 matches played, 2 in division one, 1 in division 2. Once again no shock results.

——————————

Week One
All 3 matches played in division one with no shock results!

—————————————————-

Well here we go again as the new TAFCA season starts on the 2nd October 23!

————————————————–

Well that`s it for another league season as all matches completed for week 28 (ending 16/04/23). Both divisions went to the last game, but in the end no shock results! Congratulations to the league champions: Div 1 – Dundee A (10th in a row!) & Div 2 – Perth A (promotion to div 1!).


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 27 (ending 09/04/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 26 (ending 02/04/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 25 (ending 26/03/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 24 (ending 19/03/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 23 (ending 12/03/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 22 (ending 05/03/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 21 (ending 26/02/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 19 (ending 12/02/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 18 (ending 05/02/23)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 17 (ending 29/01/23)

—————————————————
All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 16 (ending 22/01/23)

—————————————————

All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 11 (ending 18/12/22)

Festive number one spot Div 1: Dundee A & St.Andrews A (8 points each)
Festive number one spot Div 2: St.Andrews B & Newport Knights A (6 points each)
Festive number one spot J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix: Alexandre Kings (St. Andrews A) 7 points
Festive number one spot Online TAFCA Allegro Championship Series: Ed Spencer (Dundee A) 8 points
Festive number one spot The George Pyrich Allegro Championship Series OTB: TBC

———————————————————————–

All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 10 (ending 11/12/22)


All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 9 (ending 04/12/22)

——————————————————————

All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 8 (ending 27/11/22)

—————————————————————–

All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 7 (ending 20/11/22)

—————————————————————

All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 6 (ending 13/11/22)

———————————————-

All TAFCA League Fixtures updated for week 5 (ending 06/11/22)

————————————————————

All TAFCA League results updated for week 4 (ending 30/10/22)!

——————————————-

WEEK ONE – 16/10/22

Dundee C win the bragging rights against fellow team mates, Dundee D in a whitewash! Castlehill D & E postponed until the following Thurs 20th Oct.

For all the results and tables, checkout the tabs next to this one!

———————————————–

WEEK ONE – 09/10/22
Defending champions Dundee A kicked the 2022-23 season off at home against Kirkcaldy A on Mon 3rd Oct 22. They won 2½ – 1½, but that does not tell the whole story! Kirkcaldy A turned up with two “A” team and 2 “B” team players, but all of them played like “A” team + players on the night and gave Dundee A the fright of their lives! On board one Jacques Ophoff ( 2257) won against George Herd (1598), but Ed Spencer (2127), Sir Philip Cohen (1870) & Alastair Dawson (1795) all drew their matches against John Kane (1445), Paul Anderson (1325) & Peter Selbie (1263) respectively.

I would say that was a moral victory given the grades! Talk about squeaky bum time as defending champions!

Newport Knights B faced their team mates, Newport Knights A in their opening fixture on Wed 4th Oct 22. While Newport B did not make it easy, Newport Knights A took the bragging right 3 – 1 on the night. On a personal note, it`s fantastic to have Newport Knights Chess Club back in the TAFCA League where they belong!

In the other matches this week that took place on Thurs 6th Oct 22, Castlehill A took care of business, 4 – 0 against Castlehill B and Dundee B away to Castlehill F (3 juniors) won 4 – 0.

For all the results and tables, checkout the tabs next to this one!

——————————————————-

The draft fixtures for league season 2022-23 are now up on our website. Captains please check for any errors or omissions and let me know ASAP. Also if certain dates are not suitable, let me know and I will try and change. You have a week to do this before they are made permanent and then to change a fixture you must contact the team captain of the team you are playing to ask for a change of fixture. Only if they agree can it be changed!

The League start date is Monday 3rd October 2022!

 

Please note we have a few new OTB & ONLINE individual competitions which you should let your players know about!

———————————————————

TAFCA TEAM REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
All club secretaries will be sent an Excel spreadsheet in the next couple of weeks to fill in and return to Fixture Secretary by Thursday 15th September 22, 6pm.

TAFCA Pre-Season committee meeting
Thurs 15th Sept 22, 7:45pm
Venue: Castlehill Chess Club
(League divisions make-up & Knockout draw)

————————————————————–

Great news as it was agreed at the last TAFCA AGM in May 22 to move back to OTB chess for the forthcoming TAFCA Winter League season 2022-23!
This will start in October 22 if we have no more pandemic problems (Fingers crossed!).

Updated: 23/04/24 – 016:20 hrs
Click the link below to take you to the TAFCA League fixtures and Results for 2023-24.
League Fixtures completed!

Div 1 & 2 Fixtures 2023-24 season

———————————————————-

PAST SEASONS

Div 1 & 2 Fixtures 2022-23 season

Updated: 23/04/24 – 16:20 hrs

If you click the team name in the league table, it will take you to the team players stats! (Season starts 2nd Oct 23)


PAST SEASONS
If you click the team name in the league table, it will take you to the team players stats! (FINAL TABLES 2022-23)

Updated: 05/04/24 – 20:05 hrs

Below is a list of all the TAFCA teams, players and grading (including estimate’s) who are registered with them!

Teams & Players 

Updated: 23/04/24 – 16:20 hrs
See who has played up in TAFCA and also moved teams!HERE

TAFCA LEAGUE RULES

FORMAT

  1. COMPOSITION OF LEAGUE

The League shall be divided into Divisions not exceeding 10 teams.

  1. SCORING SYSTEM
    • Scoring shall be by the results of individual games.
  • Two Match Points shall be awarded for a match win and one Match Point for a match draw.
  1. LEAGUE PLACING

League placing shall be decided by placing the teams in descending order of match points scored.

  1. PROMOTION AND RELEGATION
    • The two lowest placed teams in Division 1 at the end of the season shall be relegated to Division 2. The two highest placed teams in Division 2 at the end of the season shall be promoted to Division 1. If a division has 6 or fewer teams, only one team will be relegated from Division 1 and one team promoted from Division 2
  • Any Club, which has a lower graded team, promoted, whilst at the same time having a higher graded team relegated, should have the decision as to whether the lower graded team may stay in the lower division or move up while the higher graded team moves down.
  1. BREAKING OF TIES
    • In the event of ties for League placing at the end of the season, such ties shall be resolved by consecutive reference to the following until a result is achieved:-
  2. Game Points;
  3. Result of the individual match result or results;
  4. Progressive elimination of boards from 4 upwards in the individual match (or the last played match between the individual teams if there were more than one);
  5. Play off;
  6. Discounting of boards as in (c) above.
  • The Fixture Secretary shall notify teams requiring to play off as soon as this requirement is known. The match must take place within 14 days of receiving notice from the Fixture Secretary, who must be advised of the arrangements by the team captain having the choice of venue.
  • The choice of venue for a play-off shall be decided by lot unless mutual agreement can be reached. In the case of difficulty, the Fixture Secretary should be contacted.
  • The team having choice of venue shall be responsible for ensuring that equipment and scoresheets are available.
  • Players taking part in play-off matches must have played at least 2 games for their respective teams during the concluding season and must satisfy the eligibility rules.
  • If the play-off does not take place within the stipulated time, then;
  1. In the case of play-offs for promotion, the teams concerned shall lose any rights to promotion and will remain in that Division. The team(s) that would have been relegated will remain in the higher Division.
  2. In the case of play-offs to avoid relegation, the teams concerned shall be relegated to the Division below. Sufficient teams from the Division below shall be promoted to replace the relegated teams.
  3. LEAGUE START UP

The start of the season will be the 30th September. The number of teams to be entered must be notified, in writing, to the Fixture Secretary by 15th September. Special permission may be granted by the Fixture Secretary to permit Universities and other clubs to submit their entry by a later date. From this information the Fixture Secretary shall prepare a Fixture List.

FIXTURES

  1. FIXTURE LIST
    • Clubs or teams entering after the end of September will be required to arrange their own fixtures.
  • The first team of each pairing shall be the home team. The captain of the home team shall be responsible for arranging the match.
  • Matches must be played on the dates set down in the Fixture List unless mutually agreed otherwise. As far as is possible, alterations to match dates should be made prior to the commencement of the season.
  • Any changes made to the dates set down in the Fixture List must be advised to the Fixture Secretary immediately such changes are made.
  • Any club entering a team shall be penalised £2.00 for every unplayed match. The committee will be empowered to consider each case on its merits.
  • The first date on the Fixture List shall constitute the start of the season. All League matches must be played by 30th In exceptional circumstances the Fixture Secretary shall have the power to extend the League completion date by up to 2 weeks.
  1. POSTPONEMENTS
    • Any change of arrangement must be notified to the Fixture Secretary immediately by the captain requesting the rearrangement.
  • Matches between teams may not be postponed by more than four weeks. A team cannot request a further postponement of a match, apart from exceptional circumstances.
  • Prior to the commencement of the season, and not later than 7 days prior to the first published fixture, either team of any fixture (except those covered by 8.2) 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 8.5.
  • 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 General Secretary who shall deal with the matter in accordance with Rule 22. See also rule 8.2.
  • When a postponement has been agreed it shall be the responsibility of the captain requesting that postponement to offer and agree, within 14 days, an alternative date with the other captain. Postponed league fixtures must be played within one calendar month of the original date. In exceptional circumstances the Fixture Secretary shall have the power to extend the new date by a further calendar month even if this falls beyond the existing end-of-season date. Both captains must immediately inform the Fixture Secretary of the new arrangement. Failure to comply with this rule will result in default by the offending team. See also rule 8.2.
  1. MATCH DEFAULTS

A match that is defaulted may take place at a later date, provided that both teams’ captains agree and the match can be played by the end of the season. The non-offending team will then retain the 2 Match Points awarded for the default, but no Game Points. When the match is eventually played, each team will receive Game Points gained, but no Match Points shall be awarded. The Fixture Secretary must be informed of such agreements and of the match arrangements.

  1. COMPOSITION OF TEAMS
    • A team shall consist of four players.
  • A match shall consist of four boards played at the same venue and at the same time. It is not permissible for players to agree a separate time or date for their game.
  • A player may not play more than one game in a match.
  • Before the start of the season, each club must supply the Fixture Secretary with the names of at least four players who will represent each team. The penalty for late submission of nominations shall be the forfeit of two Game Points for each match played before nominations are received by the Fixture Secretary. No club may nominate the same player for more than one team.
  • Junior teams must have a minimum of three players aged 16 or under.
  1. ELIGIBILITY
    • If a club enters more than one team in the League its teams shall be composed such that grading order is maintained throughout all teams, i.e. all of the A-team shall be graded higher than any of the B-team, B-team higher than C-team, etc. (subject to 11.3, 11.5 and 11.6).
  • Players nominated for a team may play for that team and any higher team.
  • Any player who plays more than two games for teams higher than that for which he has been nominated will automatically become nominated for the lower of these higher teams, his original team nomination will cease to be effective and he will no longer be eligible to play for a lower team for the remainder of the season. Games where a player “wins” a defaulted game shall be disregarded for eligibility purposes.
  • A player may not play for a team lower than that for which he is currently nominated.
  • Where a club has more than one team in the League, nominated car drivers may play for one team higher or lower than his/her correct team, in order to facilitate traveling. If nominated car driver is no longer available the team may nominate a replacement. This re-nomination will not be effective until the Fixture Secretary has been informed.
  • If a club wishes to play an ungraded player whose strength justifies a place in a particular team, above a graded player, then that club must assign that player an estimated grading. Such an estimate must be notified immediately, in writing, to the Fixture Secretary. This estimate shall apply for the remainder of the season. The grading referred to in these Rules shall be those published by Chess Scotland or other National body for the current season.
  • If a player joins a club after team nominations have been submitted and his inclusion would displace an existing player, the team captain may apply to the Fixture Secretary for the displaced player to be reclassified into a lower team. This player may not play for the lower team until reclassification has been granted. Rule 11.2 will still apply.
  • A player may play for only one club in a season except with the permission of the Committee.
  • For each infringement of 11.2 to 11.7 the game shall be credited to the opposing team.
  • While a club may enter as many teams as possible it is also possible for a club to rename one or more teams to exist separately and distinct from its other teams. Renamed teams shall exist for practical purposes as separate clubs and players in these teams shall not be eligible to play for the “normal” club teams.
  • Any club wishing to exercise this option must inform the Fixture Secretary when entering teams under Rule 6. Having exercised this option this club may not thereafter withdraw the option during the course of the current season.
  • Teams entering as ‘junior’ must be designated as ‘junior’ at the start of the season. Junior teams will pay a reduced entry fee that will be set annually at the A.G.M.
  1. TEAM ORDER
    • In any team, board order shall be according to each player’s grading as set down in the grading list published by Chess Scotland at the start of the current season, with the highest graded on Board 1, second highest on Board 2, third highest on Board 3. Subject to Rule 11.5, ungraded players must play below graded players unless an estimated grading has been assigned in accordance with Rule 11.6. No variations to published gradings are permitted.
  • The penalty for infringement of this Rule shall be the award of the points gained on all boards affected to the opposing team.
  1. STARTING TIMES

Play must commence at 7.30 p.m. (or the agreed time, if different) except for matches involving a junior team playing away which shall start at 7pm.

  1. PREPARATION FOR PLAY
    • The names of the players taking part in a match must be entered on the result card, in their correct playing order, by the captains of both teams before play starts.
  • If a team arrives with a player or players short, the start of the match must not be delayed. In this case the captain of that team must enter either:
  1. The name(s) of the player(s) who has/have not turned up, or;
  2. The name(s) of a substitute(s).
  • If the original player is named, he may not be replaced once the match has commenced. If he fails to arrive in time to commence play within one half hour of the scheduled starting time his game shall be awarded to the other team
  • If a substitute is named on the card, and the original player subsequently arrives, the original player may not replace the named player once the match has commenced.
  • If any named player fails to take part, then that board must be clearly marked “default” on the result card.

RULES GOVERNING PLAY

  1. CLOCKS
    • Clocks must be used in all games. The home team captain is responsible for ensuring that equipment and scoresheets are available.
  • The home team is responsible for ensuring digital clocks are set correctly. It is recommended that the “blitz” mode setting is used.
  • In a game where the players are unable to agree which flag fell first because the digital clock was incorrectly set, the game point will be awarded to the away team. For grading purposes the result shall be a draw. The result card must clearly indicate where this has occurred.
  1. COLOURS

The away team shall have white on Boards 1 and 3.

  1. TIME

Each player shall have 1 hour 15 minutes + 10 seconds increments from move one in which to complete the game. In matches involving a junior team each player shall have 1 hour + 10 seconds increments from move one in which to complete the game.

  1. RECORDING OF GAMES

In the course of play it is required that each player record the game as defined by FIDE Article 8. Each player must record his/her own moves and those of his/her opponent. Both players must record moves until the game is finished. If a player has less than 5 minutes on there clock, they may stop recording their moves.

  1. SUBMISSION OF RESULTS
    • The result of the match, containing full details of the match, must be sent by both team captain by email/text within 48 hours of the match taking place, to the Fixture Secretary.
  • Submission of result by email must not be delayed. Where the email result is not received by the Fixture Secretary within 48 hours of the appointed match date by “BOTH” team captains, the offending team(s) shall be penalized the sum of £2.00. Failure to pay the penalty within four weeks of the Treasurer’s request for payment will result in the deduction of 2 game points for each offence.
  1. DEFAULTS
    • Except in cases where it is genuinely unavoidable, the Committee will take a serious view of teams defaulting boards and may apply appropriate penalties.
  • A team defaulting two or more matches during the season shall be automatically relegated to the next lower Division, unless a satisfactory explanation is given to the TAFCA Committee.
  • One Match Point shall be deducted from a team’s score at the end of the season for every three individual games lost by default.
  • If a team plays less than 50% of its fixtures it shall be considered to have withdrawn, its results shall be discounted and Rule 7.5 shall apply.

GENERAL

  1. RULES OF PLAY
    • All League games shall be played under FIDE Rules except as here modified by TAFCA. All team captains shall have written copies of the Constitution, Rules and Agreements and Interpretations.
  • All questions not otherwise covered by these Rules or the “FIDE Laws of Chess” must be referred to the General Secretary, who shall consult a sub-committee comprising 3 neutral members of the TAFCA Committee. The decision reached shall be conclusive, but if a game or match in which such a question arises shall have been completed no claims can be entertained by the Committee.
  1. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE

The TAFCA Committee shall be empowered to:

  1. Require that a match (or one or more games) be played or replayed if it considers that circumstances justify such a course of action.
  2. Deduct points if a team is judged guilty of a breach of these Rules or Agreements and Interpretations.
  3. Impose such penalties as it deems fit in instances where a breach of these Rules has occurred and for which no penalty has been specified.
  4. Decide the true meaning and/or intention of any Rule that is unclear or ambiguous.
  5. DISPUTES
    • In any dispute that is referred to the Committee, each club shall, at least 14 days prior to the next scheduled Committee meeting, supply to the General Secretary written submissions of the facts of the dispute.
  • In the event of a dispute during a game the clock must be stopped and the players involved should immediately attempt to resolve the problem. If the matter cannot be resolved the two team captains may then be consulted. If the matter still cannot be resolved it should be referred to the Committee. The decision reached shall be conclusive, but if a game or match in which the dispute arises shall have been completed no claims will be entertained by the Committee.
  1. APPEALS
    • All appeals must be submitted in writing to the General Secretary, giving the basis of the appeal, and not later than 7 days after the end of the season. Each appeal must be accompanied by a remittance for £10 which will be returned if the appeal is successful.
  • An appeal shall be heard at the next scheduled Committee meeting, or within 21 days of the end of the season, whichever is the sooner. The appellant shall be required to attend this meeting. Failure to do so will result in the appeal being dismissed. No further appeals shall be permitted.
  1. AFFILIATION FEES
    • Entry of teams for the TAFCA League must be accompanied by payment in full.
  • A late payment fee will be levied where payment in full has not been received by,
  1. 30thNovember for Universities,
  2. 31stOctober for all other clubs.
  3. TROPHIES:
    • Trophies will only be presented at the A.G.M. or a Committee Meeting by arrangement. Unpresented Trophies will be held by the General Secretary until the next A.G.M.
  • Holders of TAFCA Trophies shall be responsible for the safe keeping and return of these Trophies by the final Committee meeting of the season. If a Trophy is returned after this time then the holders shall be responsible for the engraving costs of that Trophy. In the event of a trophy being damaged or lost, the holders shall be responsible for the cost of making good the damage or loss.
  • Medals will be presented to all players of TAFCA competitions subject to the following:
  1. League – each player must have played a minimum of two league games for that team;
  2. Knock-Out – one medal to every member that played for the winning team.
  3. Individual – one medal to winning individuals.d) Team Battle (team) – Only top 4 players in winning team get a medal.
    Team Battle (Individual) – One medal to every winner of individual.
  • A trophy shall be awarded annually to the most improved junior. This will be a trophy to keep. To qualify the said junior must be graded under 1600 with a status of J16 or lower in Chess Scotland’s published grading list at the commencement of the TAFCA season. The trophy will only be awarded if at least 2 players qualify by age and grading.
  1. ABANDONED GAME.

In the event of a match having to be abandoned, all outstanding games will be replayed. Any completed games will count towards the result.