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Scottish National Online Chess League (SNOCL)
SNOCL and Chess Teams Challenge rules
1. Games will be run on the team format using the teams setup provided by
2. The SNOCL is a five man team event which will run , two rounds per day on a Sunday with dates already mentioned on the Chess Scotland Calendar and Chess Scotland website. The CTC is a four man team played two rounds on the same night between the same players using the teams format.
3. For the Chess Teams Challenge (CTC), there will be two games per player, one Black and one White, Each game will last 20 minutes plus 5 second increment. For the Scottish National Online Chess League, the time control is 25 minutes plus 10 second increment.
4. Games will be screened for fair play by Chess Scotland and graded on the Chess Scotland allegro grading system.
5. The online league will be run based on the existent format of the typical over the board chess league.
6. In the case of a dispute on either tournament, there will be an initial attempt to resolve between the teams by the SOCO committee after the match, failing that an appeals committee shall be set up.
7. Games will be submitted for Chess Scotland Allegro grading.
8. It is envisaged at least one match is played each month, probably two matches per month, preferably during the week although weekend matches would be acceptable.
9. Any teams wishing a practice run should contact me and I will arrange friendlies.
10. If there is sufficient interest over the country then we will regionalise the leagues with a finals format. If not then will compile league based on playing strength.
11. Entries to be sent to Cheques,when applicable , should be made out to SOCO.
12. The management system for the league will be the LMS system operated by the Scottish Online Chess Organisation, administered by Ian Brownlee and Willie Hulme
13. All players will be required to have a user account and join the SOCO club on Anyone joining the SOCO online club should contact myself or Willie Hulme ( using their username, actual name and email address. Anyone aged 21 or under should also supply their year or birth. For the chess teams challenge,
14. Clubs will also be required to set up their own online club at This is to facilitate the automatic challenge between clubs for the Chess Teams Challenge
15. Anyone who has their account suspended for any reason should contact the committee immediately. If the suspension is a result of violating either Chess Scotland or fair play procedures, then all games played by themselves will have the results of their individual games marked as a loss.
16. We reserve the right to transfer teams between leagues according to average playing strength (or similar wording) even if team is due promotion/relegation - to facilitate the smooth and fair distribution of teams / running of the tournament.

17. Lastly, but not by all means least team captains will be responsible for having a good working knowledge of the systems for both tournaments, including ensuring each of their players are able to contact opponents, setting their opponent challenge level to infinity etc. There will be a zoom meeting for team captains to explain these fine details and to offer pre match assistance.

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RE: Scottish National Online Chess League (SNOCL) - by Ianbrownlee - 20-01-2022, 04:25 PM

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