SOUTH AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHESS LEAGUE
RULES FOR INTER-SCHOOL TEAMS COMPETITION 2011

TEAMS

• Each team to consist of 5 players (or 4 players in Secondary Division 3) who should play in estimated order of strength.
• No player may play in more than one team on the same night.
• Each team to have a captain and acting captain in captain’s absence.

RESULT FORMS

• Match Result forms to be placed at each match table. The names of each member of teams must be entered on it before the start of play – first names and SURNAMES IN CAPITALS.
• Both captains or acting captains to sign completed form at end of match after checking that all particulars have been entered correctly:
1 point for a win, ½ for a draw, 0 for a loss
OF for a forfeit, OF to both absent players if a double forfeit – NOT a half point each.

PLAYERS

• Talking should be restricted to a minimum during play. No conversation between players during game.
• No advice of moves is to be given to a player during the game. The member of the team who gives such advice to another will be in danger of loss of his/her game or a point being deducted from team score.

SPECTATORS

• Spectators are requested to be as quiet as possible. Talking should be away from match tables.
• When watching games spectators must keep well back from the tables and not hover behind any boards. Directors of Play at venues should see that this is observed.

MATCHES

Start of Play
• Secondary School Divisions start at 7.00pm. Forfeit time is 7.30pm.
• Primary School Grades begin at approximately 4.00pm or 7.00pm. Forfeit time is 20 minutes after the start.

Finish of Play
• Secondary Division 1 may continue until 10.00pm. Divisions 2 and 3 continue until 9.00pm.

RULES

• All games must be played according to the Laws of Chess.
• All games must be played ‘TOUCH AND MOVE’. Opponents must enforce this rule before a reply move is made.

RESERVES

• A RESERVE player may NOT come down from a higher grade of which he/she is a regular member.
• Players MAY NOT play up as a reserve more than 3 nights in the season. After 3 games as RESERVE they may stay as a PERMANENT player in the higher team but they MAY NOT go back to the lower division.
• If a player goes into a higher division as a reserve AT THE LAST MINUTE he/she plays on the vacant board. Other games should start on time.
• If it is known that a RESERVE player will be required, then ALL the players are arranged so that the RESERVE[S] play in the approximate order of strength.
• If a school has two or more teams in the same grade the players may NOT interchange, ie, if a player starts in Division3 Red he/she cannot play in ‘Division 3 White’ or ‘Division 3 Black’.
• Ineligible player(s) point(s) will be awarded to the opposing team regardless of the result.     

POSTPONEMENT OF MATCHES

• No postponement should be made on the day of the match unless by mutual agreement. At late notice reserve players have to play in that team.
• If a school wishes to postpone a match for any valid reason, the Tournament director should be advised of this arrangement at the earliest convenience.

CLOCKS

• Chess clocks will be used, at the discretion of the Director of Play, pending their availability, appropriateness and need.
• If clocks are available they should be used for top 2 boards in Secondary Division 1 and Primary A or for known slow players.

RATE OF PLAY
When clocks are used in the Secondary Division 1 competition – 90 minutes each player.
When used in all other Divisions the use of chess clocks is at the discretion of the Director of Play.

AWARDS

ELEGIBILITY TO PLAY IN SECONDARY DIVISION 1

Any school with FOUR teams or more entered in the Secondary Competitions must play at least ONE team in Division 1.

CHAMPION SECONDARY SCHOOL SHIELD

To be awarded to the school which obtain the most points from the following table. Any school can count the result of TWO TEAMS in any one Division:-

  Division 1

Division 2 Division 3
1st 24 points

12 points 6 points
2nd 20 points

10 points 5 points
3rd 16 points

8 points 4 points
4th 12 points

6 points 3 points
5th 8 points

4 points 2 points
6th 4 points

2 points 1 point

CHAMPION PRMARY SCHOOL – EVELYN KOSHNITSKY SHIELD

A 3 round ‘play-off’ competition at the end of Term 3 will determine the winner of the Shield. Eight teams of 10 players to be invited by the Director of Play from the schools which have done the best with two teams during the 2nd and 3rd terms.

DIRECTORS OF PLAY

• The director of Play at each venue should wear a name-tag and introduce him/herself to the teams before announcing “start of play”.
• All match RESULT SHEETS must be given to the Director of Play at each venue at the end of the match. They must NOT be taken away by any player. Team Captains are responsible in ensuring this action occurs.

APPEALS PANEL

Appeals and complaints can be referred for determination to 3 members of a 6 member Appeal Panel, none of whom is from the schools involved in the complaint. The Director of Play is to be a fourth non-voting member to provide advice as needed to the Appeal Panel and to implement whatever is the conclusion of the appeal/complaint.