Garden State Chess League

2014-2015 Season




  • The league will be comprised of two divisions. *
  • Kenilworth, Newark-McDonald's, Roselle, Summit and West Orange are in the Edgar McCormick Division. *
  • Dean Of Chess Academy, Hamilton, Lehigh Valley and Rutgers University are in the Steve Ferrero Division. *


  • In the regular season, the Ferrero Division will play a double round-robin. The McCormick Division will play a modified double round-robin. *
  • There will be 1 inter-division playoff round between the division winners & other corresponding teams (2 vs. 2, 3 vs. 3, 4 vs. 4) to determine the final standings (1 thru 8). *
  • Play will run from October 1st, 2014 thru May 10th, 2015. *
  • Teams will play 1 match per month, except for January 2015 - which has been set aside for postponements and promotional tournaments. *


  • There will be 4 boards per team.
  • A team’s 4-board average cannot exceed 1925.0 in any match.
  • Players rated <1101 will be considered to have a 1101 rating. *
  • Provisional ratings will be considered established or official.
  • Foreign players can be used but their rating will be converted to the USCF equivalent.
  • If an unrated player is used, the average of the other players in his/her lineup must be 1925.0 or less.
  • The lineups must be in rating order with unrateds at the bottom.
  • The USCF’s September 2014 Golden Database will determine all player ratings for the season.
  • Once a player competes for a team, he is bound to them for the season.


  • The time control will be G/75;d5. If analog clocks are used, they are to be set for G/75.
  • In the regular season, the visiting team will have White on boards 1 and 3. *
  • In the playoff round, color allocations will be determined by the following tie-breakers: 1. total game points; 2. games won. Tiebreak winners get choice of color (White or Black on boards 1 & 3.) *


  • Ties in the divisional standings will be broken as follows : 1. head to head result; 2. total game points; 3. games won. *


  • If a team does not play half of its scheduled matches, its results will be nulled. Forfeited matches are not considered played matches.



* =  new or revised rule for 2014-15