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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T83 - Playoffs begin February 18.

Playoffs in all sections will begin February 18. One week for each round, no adjournment week..

T84 - Parameters approved by Steering Committee

T84 parameters - (1) Four sections, U1300, U1500, U1700, U1900. (2) Profiles open March 3. (3) Team entries open March 10. (4) Team entries close March 24. (5) Regulation play starts March 31. Playoffs start May 19. (6) No adjournment week in playoffs (rounds 8-10). (7) Board removal tiebreaks start by removiing board 4 results and work upward until tie is broken.

T83 - 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 in all sections, titled Guru's Pick.

R1 visin vs OGO. Nominator says: I know at our lower level we make lots of mistakes that may not benefit high rated players but I saw a lot of good ideas carried out on both sides. I thought that 44 ... g5 was a great move and difficult to find with the temptation of taking the knight and b5 pawn hanging. Guru's Pick DaveTheRook v cayo89, An 86-move draw. Technical and well-played.The main "critical move"  was at move 81, as up until then the game had been positional jousting and trading down. At 81, by not moving a pawn to block BxN before moving the other pawn protecting the N allows the draw to occur.

R2 fishhead v Portola W uses both Bs on long diags to control the middle - black B on a1-h8, white B on b2-h7 - and then the a8-h1 diag. By B on d5 Black delays the Kside assault as long as he can, but once any Black Qside threat is eliminated it's W's 2 Bs and a R which force Black into a position where its K can't be defended.

R3 Guru Pick janh v room-matt.  A solid beginning and midgame from both players. After much careful jockeying W is able to pry open a weak f5 sq and control those Black's Kside defenses from there. Then, abandoning Kside for control of Qside ultimately gives W the edge. 

R4 Kingofknights v clarinetrefWhite controls the opening; Black is able to fight back and create an even endgame. But poor decisions from there lose tempo and position control for Black. W uses his B to control more space and his passed pawns have more impact than Black's passed pawns. 

R5 QuieroAprender v achessman Black initiates trading on e4 and d4, but it is not to his advantage because it opens up d column. Then declining to trade N and B a few moves later costs him power and position. W uses the open d column to his best advantage. 

R6. P1, P2.

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 five 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.


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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.

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