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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T84 playoffs wrap up

T84 playoffs have been completed. Congratulations to our four section champions - STC Silver1900, Bills U1700, Valar Morghulis U1500, and Maxwell's Equations in U1300. All team prizes, ICC account extension, will be issued about June 16.

T85 - Tournament entries now open

T85 is now open for profiles. Fill one out to enter T85. Team entries will begin June 9. All who wish to enter must renew, or fill out new, their profile.

T84 - Games Of The Week

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

 R1 Demarchaeron v mathbandit A no holds-barred game that evened up for a B-N endgame, where Black took advantage of White's one weakness of disconnected Kside pawns, to win.

R2 BrerRabbit v Megasus Guru's Pick  julesraider v elmaestro Both games have the same theme: Black stalls the initial foray by W, then uses a N sac to open up h column and a Kside attack. But Doubled Rs are played wrong, and W becomes able to mount a winning attack on Black from either flank.,

R3 KidRattler v pishd White squirms out of trapping his white B and being a piece down, and wins due to superior pawn numbers and structure plus small Black miscues.

R4 hipopotamos v Zugzwanged W has a successful mid-board attack strategy; Black barely survives it  and actually has a chance to swing momentum in his favor. But W's perfect play spoils his hopes

R5 kabrinda v WillC Guru's Pick Portola v bobhill Both games hinge on p-b6 moves. In the Nominee's case, Black not playing it before moving his Q allows W too much Tempo and access at the Black K, stuck in the middle. For the Guru's pick, going OOB by playing it helped Black solidify his Q side defense and helped him to win the trades in the middle, gaining a control W could not overcome.

R6 Guru's Pick  ANGELLR v MarcB When W doesn't stay with the winning line and force disruption on the Qside, Black's cohesive pawn chain there keeps him in controlW stays materially even for awhile, but can't overcome those pawns nor punch thru Black's Kside defense efficiently.

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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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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.

Team 45 45 League, a world wide fellowship of chess players!


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Sponsors: Prizes donated by ICC