Team 45 45 League

Team 45 45 League

Serious Chess and Team Spirit on the ICC

Team 45 45 League provides team competition to internet chess players who like slow time controls, on the premier place to play chess on the net, the Internet Chess Club.  Join the friendly but serious competition and team spirit for players of all ratings!

Questions?  Start by reading the Quick Guide, then learn more in the Player Handbook, and the FAQ

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T89-90 SC considering new section limits for T90

With only four teams in the U1900 section and fewer players than in the past, our Chief TD asked Rules subcommittee to review the problems and consider changes to the current section limits and related rules. Rules returned with a set of recommendations for the upcoming T90. Items 2-5 on the list shown below, shown in bold type, were approved by Rules and submitted to the full Steering Committee (SC). We will keep you informed.

1.       U1300, U1500, U1700 only – Russell –Not approved

2.       U1400, U1600, U1800 only – Marv

3.       Five player roster limit, period (there was a months-ago suggestion for 5 players only during the entry period)

4.       Remove lower rating limit in all sections.

5.       Keep upper rating limit 300 pts above lowest section (U1400 or U1300)

T89 - Games Of The Week

Summaries of each round's GOTW for current tourney are shown here. Go to GOTW to see all nominated games, all rounds, all tourneys for more detailed guru commentary.

Megasus continues as our GOTW guru. If only one or no nominations in a round, guru will also choose a game from all the games he looked at from all sections, entitled Guru's Pick (GP)

R1 RD1974 v goldeen7 This 90+ moves game was governed more by game strategy than procedural errors. W set up a solid thrust into Kside, but had to endure 25 nervous moves of Black attacking on Qside before he could start gaining a trading advantage deep into Black's Kside. The Ending proved again that an active N is better than an B in an endgame. Black being able to Q a pawn first didn't matter.

 R2 oldsj v scostanzo212 W gains a middle foothold, trades down until he has a chance to advance a pawn to Q, and would have promoted it for a 2nd Q. But misplays and ends up making it a lose-1 get-1 trade . Black uses his N, R and last pawns perfectly after that, and. W's Q by itself can't stop Black from Q-ing his last pawn. 

R3, R4, R5, R6, P1, P2, P3

What we are about

Sections for Teams of Experts, Novices, and Between!

Four to six players band together as a team, and compete in divisions of 4 – 7 teams in one of four ratings sections.  One round is played per week, for six weeks, from Tuesday to the following Tuesday.  Before each round, each captain decides which four players will play that week against players from the opposing team.

Paired players use a message board ("Game Forum") to discuss the day and time to play their game.  The game is played with a time control of 45 minutes + 45 second increments, rated, with assigned colors. After the round, the team with the most wins (Game Points) wins the round, and earns a Match Point. After six rounds of regulation play, the team with the most Match Points in each Division advances to the playoffs (1-4 more rounds) to determine the Section champions. Division and Section champion teams each earn one-month account extensions donated by ICC.  To join, follow the steps in:  Quick Guide.

Play fair and Play nice!

To ensure a friendly and safe environment for members to enjoy our team competition, Team 45 45 League issues sanctions of varying severity for behavior that "disrupts the peaceful enjoyment of the league by its participants." All league games are reviewed for possible assistance. Anyone who receives a red card for suspected cheating is reported to speedtrap.  League sanctions are summarized in The Docket.


Fun Stuff

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Check out how your rating will change with the  League Rating Calculator. Enjoy this feature.

History of the league.

Older Games Of The Week!  See these older samples of League action!

Past League Champions  Who won previous events?  Check out the Archives, and download PGN's of league games dating back many tourneys.

Most Games  Who played the most games? Most tourneys?

Upcoming Tournaments: See Future Tourney Dates for expected dates.

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Sponsors: Prizes donated by ICC