A fifth division for 4 board teams with a limit of 280 and minimum counting grade of 40 was introduced in season 2008/9. Following changes in the national grading system the divisional limits for 2009/10 were changed to 725, 520, 460 an 400 with minimum counting grades of 120, 105, 90, and 75 respectively.
There are no grading restraints in the Open section.
The individual divisions constitute separate competitions. Clubs decide their own entry for each division.
Average grade limit for the division means the grade limit divided by the number of boards in a team. So for Division 3 this is 440/4 = 110.
This is an ammendment of an amendment, and as often happens in such cases the wording can appear a little unclear at first sight. This rule replaces the reserving rules and amounts to:
You become a member of a team when you first play for them. You may not become a member of two teams in the same division if your grade is higher than the average grade limit for that division, minus 10. Other than that you may be a member of as many teams that represent your club as you wish, and play as many games for each of these teams as you like, subject only to the overriding need to keep the teams total grade within the appropriate limits.
Not so much a rule as a statement of intent by the fixture secretary. There are not enough weeks in the season to keep strictly to this and have weeks set aside for cup and Rapidplay league matches.
In effect look for a board that could be defaulted to make the team legal, and default it.
(NB this is for match score purposes only. For grading the result of the game as played stands.)
If no such player exists two points are deducted from the teams match score.
This rule will be applied automatically and cannot be waived by the non-offending team. We are of course hoping that this rule will turn out to be redundant.
The lack of clarity here is all my own work. The following examples may help:
The teams total grade (455) exceeds the divisional limit (440) by 15. The minimum counting grade for divsion 3 is 80, so we look for a player graded at least 95 (80 + 15) to score to the opposition. Board 3.
Again it will be board three, in this case the 120 player, who has their game scored to the opposition.
Total grade is 510, 70 points over the top. Look for a player graded at least 80 + 70 = 150. Top board.
Total grade is 500, 60 over the top. Look for a player graded at least 80 + 60 = 140. No such player exists, so deduct 2 points from the team score.
This may seem harsh, but can the captain really claim to have tried to obey the limits of an average grade of under 110?
The grading officer has access to unpublished as well as published grades over a considerable number of years. If a new member admits to having played competitive chess before the grading officer should be contacted.
For genuinely ungraded players of a clearly modest standard it is acceptable to estimate them as Under 60.
Should an ungraded player later be assigned a grade, or a graded player given a corrected grade, the new grade will not be applied to games already played for the purposes of deciding eligibility of teams.