|Posted by ian on October 1, 2021 at 12:50 PM|
"The MCF have agreed to restart Over the Board Fixtures with an Autumn League that runs from 11 October to 16 December.
Clubs were asked to enter teams, following which the Fixtures Committee have allocated the Divisions as follows:
Division 1 - seven boards, all play all
Divisions 2, 3 and 4 - five boards, all play all
Under 1600 rating limited - five boards, as there were so many entries, teams have been allocated into 2 groups; there will be playoffs for 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th places in week commencing 6 December
Rapidplay (Open) - five boards, all play all
Rapidplay Under 1450 rating limited - four boards of which at least three need to be juniors, all play all.
As there are only 10 weeks available, we have been unable to spread out the fixtures, so some clubs have consecutive teams playing in the same week, and sometimes in the same week. We appreciate that some teams may wish to field the same players in, say, Division 1 as the Rapidplay Open, and have tried to avoid clashes if at all possible. You will appreciate this has been put together in a short time period, so it won't be perfect.
Clubs are asked, due to the short time available, not to rearrange fixtures.
It is intended that an Online League will be held in January and February, with Over the Board Trophy competitions in some format between March and May 2022, with a "normal" season resuming in late September 2022.
The Fixtures Secretary will be contacting clubs about the Seeding Rules, and the entry of results at https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/69411/home once this has been set up"