NCCC General & Tournament Rules
1. These rules shall apply to all NCCC tournaments except where otherwise provided in individual Tournament Rules.
2. A Tournament Controller/Director shall be appointed to oversee each tournament.
3. NCCC members may enter any and all Natcor tournaments free of additional charges.
4. Members residing outside of the UK shall not be eligible to play by post.
5. Except where otherwise provided in these Rules games shall be played in accordance with ICCF rules for postal or web server play.
a) Use of 2nd class post is optional but Controllers may insist upon use of 1st class post if deemed necessary.
6. All matches shall be double pairings – each player shall play two games against each opponent, one with the white pieces and one with the black pieces.
7. Each player shall be allowed 30 days reflection time per 10 moves with unused time carried forward.
a) A player deemed to have exceeded the time allowed shall forfeit the game immediately.
b) Reflection time in excess of 12 days shall count double. For example, a player taking 15 days to reply shall be charged 18 days.
8. Players may take a total of 14 days’ leave per calendar year..
a) Leave must be taken concurrently in all events in which a player is taking part.
b) Additional special leave may be granted by the Tournament Controller should circumstances warrant.
9. The winner or, in the event of a draw, both players must report the result to the Controller within 7 days, If neither player reports the result a loss will be awarded to both.
a) Players requiring specific written acknowledgement of results should include an SAE. Otherwise the appearance of results in EP and on the web site shall be deemed sufficient acknowledgement.
10. Ties will be broken using the ‘Baumbach’ method.
a) If a tie remains unbroken the result shall be awarded to the player with more/most wins as Black.
b) If the tie still remains unbroken the result will be awarded to the player with the lower/lowest CT position at the start of play.
c) If all tied players are not in the CT the Tournament Controller will decide the outcome.
11. All games played in NCCC tournaments, except for ‘friendlies’, may be registered for the Reg Gillman Continuous Tournament provided the necessary criteria are fulfilled.
12. Players must decide moves for themselves. Seeking advice from another person or elsewhere (a computer chess-engine for example) is strictly forbidden. Printed or electronic works of reference may be consulted.
13. All disputes and matters relating to organisation of tournaments not covered in these General Rules shall be settled at the discretion of the Tournament Controller subject to a right of appeal to the Committee whose decision shall be final.
(General Rules updated 01/11/16)
Individual Tournament Playing Rules:
1) CT games shall be arranged by the CT Controller. Members in other correspondence events or privately arranged correspondence pairings may have the results of such games counted in the CT if: -
a) The CT Controller is informed within 10 days of the commencement of the games.
b) It is agreed by both players to play a double pairing and
c) The games are NOT barred by CT Rule 4.
2) There shall normally be no restriction on the number of pairings which may be allocated to a member but the CT Controller may exercise discretion in this matter, particularly where new members are concerned.
3) The first game in the pairing shall be started by the player to whom the CT Controller sends the Pairing Notice. The opponent shall answer the move and at the same time make the first move in the second game of the pairing.
4) So far as is possible the CT Controller shall arrange that no member shall play the same opponent twice in any 20 games or be paired with any player whose score differs from his/her own by more than 4 points. The latter condition shall not apply to members who have completed fewer than 10 games or to a player rejoining under Rule 8c.
5) Except for games played via the ICCF web server, each player shall be allowed 20 days for every 10 moves with unused time carried forward.
6) All games shall be played to completion (there shall be no pre-determined adjudication date).
a) Each player shall send to the CT Controller a report on each game after 18 months’ play and subsequently at 6-monthly intervals.
b) After 2 years’ play the CT Controller may give players a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice of adjudication.
7) A table of results and positions shall be prepared each month in the following way: -
a) Members shall be placed in order according to the points scored. Where there are equal points and games, the player with the fewer losses shall be placed higher.
b) The points shall be computed according to Rule 4 from the latest 20 games finished in the order in which they are received by the CT Pairings & Results Secretary.
c) Any member not playing in the CT for 3 months shall be excluded from the table until resumption of participation when the last 15 games shall be credited.
d) Any member whose membership lapses shall be removed from the table. Subsequent renewal shall be treated as a new membership.
8) A player heading the CT table for 3 consecutive months shall have his/her name recorded in capital letters in the table. This right shall be retained for life regardless of periods of absence from the CT or Natcor.
1) This event shall be conducted in accordance with NCCC General Rules except where otherwise stated herein.
2)The Tom Morris League Championship shall be an annual event.
3) The TMLC Controller shall announce the closing date for entries in ‘En Passant’ and on the club web site.
4) Entry shall be open to fully paid-up members of Natcor resident in the British Isles.
5) Entries received by the Tournament Controller after the closing date shall normally be ineligible but may be considered under Rule 15.
6) Games not finished within 10 calendar months of the published starting date shall be adjudicated. Postal/email games shall be forwarded to the TMLC Controller and those played on the ICCF webserver will be adjudicated by the system.
7) The league shall consist of at least a Premier Division consisting of 7 players and a Division 1. Additional divisions, each consisting of a maximum of 7 players, shall be created as entries allow.
8) Each player shall play one game against each other player in the same division – the allocation of black and white pieces shall be determined by the TMLC Controller.
9) Where postal play is agreed First Class mail shall be used for all games in the Premier Division.
10) The Premier Division winner shall be known as ‘The Tom Morris Champion of Natcor’ and shall receive a year’s free membership.
11) The Division One Winner shalll be known as ‘The League Champion’.
12) A certificate shall be awarded to the winner of each division. .
13) The two highest-placed players in each division shall be promoted to the division above.
14) The two lowest-placed players in each division shall normally be relegated to the division below.
15) Vacancies in any division shall be filled at the Controller’s discretion in a consistent manner.
1) Each APA Tournament shall consist of 5 players.
2) Each player shall play one game against each of the other players, 2 as White and 2 as Black as determined by the Tournament Controller.
3) The Controller shall schedule a new tournament whenever sufficient players are available.
4) Each tournament shall run for a maximum of 12 months from the starting date.
5a) Pairing notices for postal events shall be issued at least 10 days prior to the starting date and shall include:
- The APA Tournament number
- The name and address of each player together with an indication as to which player should start play as White in each pairing
- The commencement date
- The adjudication date for unfinished games
5b) Pairing notices for web server events will be issued automatically by the system.
6) Play may start immediately upon receipt of the pairing notice, but reflection time shall not be counted for moves posted before the commencement date.
7) A certificate shall be awarded to the winner or to each player in the event of an unbreakable tie.
1) Each NBKO tournament shall consist of a first round of 8 players (4 x double-pairings) with the winners progressing to a semi-final of 4 players and a final of 2 players.
2) The Controller shall organise a new tournament as soon as 8 entrants are available.
3) The playing period shall be announced by the Controller and all unfinished games shall be forwarded for adjudication at the end of the period.
4) Progression shall be determined as follows:
a) One game in each pairing shall be designated the Major game and the other the Minor game.
b) The winner of the Major game shall progress to the next round.
c) If the Major game is drawn the winner of the Minor game shall progress to the next round.
d) If both games are drawn the player with the black pieces in the Major game shall progress to the next round.
e) If both games of a tournament final are drawn the match shall be replayed with the Major/Minor designations reversed.
5) Each tournament winner shall receive a certificate and be recorded in the ‘NBKO Hall of Fame’.
1) The Team Tournament shall be an annual event.
2) The Tournament Controller shall announce the closing date for entries and the tournament starting date in ‘En Passant’ and on the club web site.
3) Teams shall consist of 4 players and shall be formed into divisions of approximately 6 teams per division as entries allow.
a) A player shall not represent more than one team in the same division.
5) For each division each player shall play a double pairing against each player of the other teams and on the same board number.
4) The tournament shall run for 1 year from the commencement date and unfinished games shall be forwarded for adjudication.
5) At the end of the tournament the team winning the top division shall be declared ‘Natcor Team Champions’.
a) The highest placed team in each of the lower divisions shall be promoted to the division above.
b) The lowest placed team in each division shall be relegated to the division below.
c) The Controller may make additional changes to the composition of each division as necessary provided that the rights of teams to promotion are not infringed.
7) Where teams have the same number of points at the end of the tournament the tie(s) shall be broken by weighing the results of the top boards relative to those of the lower boards.
1) A Webserver Section Tournament Director (TD) shall be appointed to organise and oversee tournaments hosted via the ICCF web server.
2) Players must obtain an ICCF ID and register on the server.
3) Play shall be conducted in accordance with the ICCF Playing Rules for Server in force at the start of play except where otherwise provided in these Rules, NCCC General Tournament Rules or individual Webserver Tournament rules.
4) The format of tournaments shall be at the discretion of the TD.
a) New tournaments and changes to existing formats will be published on the club web site and in ‘En Passant’.
b) Changes to playing conditions cannot be made to games already in progress.
5) All games will qualify for an ICCF rating.
6) Players are permitted 30 days per 10 moves with unused time carried forward.
7) A player exceeding the time limit will automatically be awarded a loss by the system.
8) Leave must be booked via the server system.
a) There shall be no requirement to inform opponents or the TD before booking leave.
9) There shall be no requirement for players to report results to the TD.
10) There shall be no requirement for players to keep additional records of the game score.