Ladder Rules

Initial positions on the ladder are determined in order of grade. New members to the Club will be added to the bottom of the ladder. The players rankings will be updated on the FCC website. You may challenge anyone who is one, two, three, or four spots above you on the ladder (active players).

All games to be played on the clock, which will be set at 45 minutes each and played to a finish. If you are challenged to a ladder game at the club, and you are not already in a game, and if there are at least 90 minutes available to play, you must play – declining to play is treated as a loss. Once a challenge is accepted neither the challenger nor the player being challenged may make oraccept another challenge. The player making the challenge plays White. The person being challenged plays Black.

If the lower-ranked player wins, the lower-ranked player takes the higher-ranked player’s position on the ladder, and the higher-ranked player moves down one place. If the higher-ranked player wins, there is no change in the players’ rankings.
If the game ends in a draw, the lower-ranked player takes the position just below the higherranked player.

After a ladder game is played, at least one of the players must play a ladder game against someone else before they can play each other again. You can email challenges to your eligible opponents in advance, but it won’t count as a loss if your opponent is unable to play for any reason. Games will not be rated.
The winner of the tournament will be who is top ranked the end of the evening on the final Tuesday in July (this year that’s the 26th July) – having played a minimum of 4 games.