|Posted by ian on March 14, 2022 at 7:15 AM|
Over-the-board play in the MCF is starting up once again with a “Spring League”, which will run from 28th March to 31st May. The fixtures are attached. There was considerable discussion as to the format to be used and this represents our best effort, having considered the information provided by clubs.
Mick Norris of Bury CC has once again kindly produced the set of fixtures. At this point, I take over responsibility for administering them, so any problems or queries regarding these fixtures should be directed to me, as soon as possible. There will be a small ‘window’ following the end of the online league before these fixtures are loaded into the League Management System.
Clubs are asked, in view of the short time period available, not to rearrange fixtures. If you absolutely must rearrange a fixture, please try to agree a date between your clubs and then run it past me, so I can check it and make the necessary changes in the LMS. All matches must be completed by May 31st.
Following a successful pilot in the online league, the MCF is adopting a squad-based system for the Spring League.
A squad can consist of up to 10 players, although for a club’s “lowest” team, the squad can be of unlimited numbers.
For instance, if Altrincham enter only 1 team, they can include all their club members in their squad, whereas if Blue Club enter 2 teams, their first team has a maximum squad size of 10, but their second team is unlimited.
The u1451 league is treated as a separate competition, so it has separate squads; players in an u1451 squad may also be in a squad in the "Open" competition (but a player cannot be in more than one squad in the "Open" competition).
Please note that if a higher team cannot raise a full set of players for a match, then to avoid defaulting a board a player can be “floated up” from a lower squad; however, this facility is to be used only in such situations, and any player floating up more than once then becomes ineligible for the lower team.
The complete rules for the Spring League, explaining where these differ from the normal MCF rules, will be sent to you before play gets under way.
A file containing all the squad lists submitted can be found on the dowload page of the website. This was compiled by our President, Damien McElvenny. Please inform Damien promptly of any changes or additions.
The MCF Directory of Clubs is currently being updated for you by Jonathan Lonsdale. We shall need to know the details of team captains and, If your club now meets at a different venue from in the MCF “Autumn” league 2021, please ensure that you pass the full details to Jon promptly.
The arrival of vaccines and the reduced severity of the recent strains of Covid-19 have been most welcome, but have also probably made many of us complacent. Despite the relaxation of government restrictions, the pandemic is not over, see for instance https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/10/uk-covid-cases-rising-among-those-aged-55-and-over . The MCF has issued guidance on Coronavirus precautions during matches (available at https://www.manchesterchess.com/downloads ). The MCF urges that this guidance should be observed, unless the captains agree in advance to waive some or all of it.
As I wrote last autumn, we hope that the members of your club will welcome the opportunity to play over-the-board chess again in the MCF. There will no doubt be some challenges to overcome, but let’s all adopt a positive approach and try to make it work. Enjoy your chess!
Manchester League Fixtures Secretary