Thursday, May 7

Play Team 45 45 on ICC This Summer

The Team 45 45 League on the Internet Chess Club is accepting signups for a new tournament! Every participant plays one game each week for 6 weeks (plus playoffs) against different opponents at a mutually negotiated time. The time control is 45 minutes plus a 45 second increment for every move; thus, a typical game lasts 2-3 hours. The league, which has been active on ICC for over 15 years, offers sections at 200 rating point intervals, allowing everyone the opportunity to play near their own rating.  There is no cost to join the league, but ICC membership is required.  You also must achieve a non-provisional ICC standard rating based on at least 20 games.

I have played in T4545L off and on for a decade, and I also volunteer as a TD. Over the years, many of my students have played in the league--great for tournament practice! There are several local teams. Please email me for contacts. The league is both highly recommended and fun to play!

Don't try this at home!
Before joining, please carefully read the Quick Guide and Player Handbook. The T4545L has a few strict rules that require a modest degree of personal responsibility.  You have 7 days to play each round.  When negotiating a time to play, it helps to be a little flexible in your availability, either after work or school on several days of the week, or on most weekends. If you're busy at a big weekend tournament, or out of town on vacation, you may wish to ask your captain to sit out that week. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions.

T65 Schedule 
  • Team Entries Open May 12
  • Team Entries Close May 26
  • Round 1 Begins on June 2
  • End of Round 6 on July 14
  • Playoffs Begin July 21

Warning: The league takes computer cheating very seriously, and checks all games.


Steve said...

I played for a while
Played in the team 4545 but the officials are rude and petty
What is worse they ruthlessly punish any slight infringement of the rules when you complain it is heard by the same unelected people
When they break the same rules they get let off when you complain they refer you to the same unelected people and guess what they get let off


Michael Aigner said...

Apparently I am one of those "rude and petty" volunteers who run the league.

I have to agree with the underlying theme of the above comment. The league rules are rather strict, and the expectations of players are clearly laid out in the Quick Guide. The league is not for everyone. If you're lazy, don't correspond punctually, or cannot meet a commitment to play at an agreed time, then chances are you will get kicked out soon enough. Some people don't have the necessary flexibility to make adequate offers to opponents halfway around the world.

Unfortunately, rules are necessary to create a fair playing field. Just look at the US Chess Federation's thick rule book.

Since Steve chooses to remain anonymous, I won't say more.