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Cornwall Online Congress Rules


These rules cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during the competition, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. The purpose of this league is to promote friendly competition in a spirit of fair play. The organisers take the view that, where cases are not precisely regulated by a clause in these Rules, too detailed a rule or too narrow an interpretation might produce an outcome that was not fair to all parties. When ruling on any doubtful point, or one not covered in these Rules, fairness must be the Controller’s primary consideration. The organisers appeal to all team captains and competitors to accept this view.


In these rules “Cornwall” refers to the “Cornwall team” on

“lichess” means the website and chess-playing platform,

“Cornwall online rating” means the rating published on the Cornwall Chess website ( The order of priority is:
i) Lichess Classical Play rating
ii) Lichess Rapid Play rating
iii) ECF grade used for CCCA standard play competitions (converted to ELO)
iv) 4NCL rating
v) Estimate where none of the above applies

Competition Rules

1) The competition is open to all members of the Cornwall team.

2) The closing date for entries to be sent to the Controller is Friday August 21, 2020. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Controller.

3) The league will be a single-round all-play-all competition consisting of one division.

4) The competition will consist of the following sections:

a) A seven round all-play-all consisting of the eight entrants with the highest rating.

b) If numbers permit, a seven round all-play-all consisting of the eight entrants, excluding those in the Premier, with the highest rating.

c) A seven round Swiss tournament consisting of the remaining entrants.

5) a) It is the responsibility of the players in each pairing at the earliest opportunity to agree a date and time for the playing of their tie. When agreement has been reached, both players must inform the Controller of the agreed date.

b) If the players cannot reach agreement on the date on which their tie is to be played before the final date for the round, they may, subject to the approval of the Controller, agree a subsequent date as close to that date as possible.

c) No points will be scored by either player for any games that are not played by the end of the competition.

d) If a player fails to appear within thirty minutes of the agreed start time for the game, his opponent may claim the game by default.

6) The final dates for completion of each round are as follows:
Round 1: September 6, 2020
Round 2: September 20, 2020
Round 3: October 4, 2020
Round 4: October 18, 2020
Round 5: November 1, 2020
Round 6: November 15, 2020
Round 7: November 29, 2020

7) Conduct of Games

a) Each player will play two games against his or her opponent, one with White and one with Black.

b) All games will be played using the game-playing facilities of lichess.

c) The rate of play for each game will be all moves in 30 minutes plus 15 seconds per move from move 1.

d) The first-named player in each pairing will have the white pieces in the first game.

e) One point will be awarded for a win, a half-point for a draw and none for a loss.

f) Both players must send the results of the tie to the Controller no later than 11 o’clock p.m. on the following day.

8) Tournament standings will be determined by reference to the total game points achieved.

9) The Controller will cause all match results to be published as soon as practicable.

10.If a player withdraws from the competition without playing all his/her games, his record shall be expunged and any games played by him/her will be null and void.

11) Where he is of the opinion that it would not be appropriate for him to make a decision on any matter in which he has an interest, or if it appears to him to be otherwise necessary for the efficient administration of the competition, the Controller may nominate an independent person to carry out this duty.

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