Garden State Chess League

2015-2016 Season




          Division Setup:


  • The league will be comprised of two 4-team divisions.
  • Kenilworth, Newark-McDonald's, 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.


          Schedule Format:


  • During the regular season teams will play 2 matches against each divisional opponent.
  • There will be 1 inter-division playoff round between the division winners & other corresponding teams (2nd place vs. 2nd place, 3rd vs. 3rd, 4th vs. 4th) to determine the final standings (1 thru 8).
  • Play will run from October 6th, 2015 thru May 7th, 2016.
  • Teams will play 1 match per month, except for January 2016 - which has been set aside for postponements and promotional tournaments.


     Lineups and Ratings:


  • 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 2015 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.


          Time Control & Color Allocation:


  • 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.)


          Reporting of Match Results & Lineups:


  • The captain of the home team should photograph the signed, completed reporting card and e-mail it to the webmaster.


          Standings Tie-breakers:


  • Ties in the divisional standings will be broken as follows : 1. head to head result; 2. total game points; 3. games won.
  • If a playoff match is drawn, the 2 teams tie for that place.


          Withdrawal By A Team:


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