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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!
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T-97 Playoffs - Round 2
Playoff Round 2, Finals, begins Oct. 3. See rules in next paragraphs.
Rules for playoff Finals. Should a match tie 2-2, the normal tiebreakers will NOT be used; instead a Championship Tiebreak Match will be played the following week beginning Oct. 10.
Captains may post their board assignments as soon as their team appears in the Round 9 pairing table.
No adjournment week; all games must be scheduled to start no later than 1700 October 10.
Players, check your forums several times a day, as the mail forwarder program was abruptly discontinued.
T-97 - Games Of The Week
Click the highlighted round number for link to game. 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 ChessG2011 0:1 julesraider - W gains a power advantage early, but loses most of his pawns in the process. Black's efforts at defense take us into a R vs B endgame where W must spend another 40 moves figuring out out to stall Black's 3-pawn chain on Kside. In the end Black's K is forced away from those Kside pawns. Once W sees the correct sequence, his K moving into Black's side of the board limits where Black K can go, Leading to Mate before a Black pawn can Q.
R2 Lawkeito 1/2 bobhill - W sets up a Kside attack, but Black forces the action back to Qside. After the Qs are traded the game becomes very positional and tactical, but the trading stays even throughout. Neither player can gain a clear advantage. With both making all the right decisions the game stays in doubt until the Draw becomes obvious.
R3 QuieroAprender 0:1 ARMANDO2019 - The game was contested with early trading in the middle, but decided by action on the flanks. W could have resigned after losing a R in the move 30's, but kept giving his team a chance by making smart decisions. The game does eventually even out in power and piece, but Black's position of a pawn 2 steps from a Q is too much to overcome. K finally is trapped in the corner.
R4 fhunfi 0:1 QuieroAprender - A game that was NOT a French but did follow the other pattern from many games this week, of furious trading in the move 20's. We end up with a 2Ns vs 2Ns endgame and a very positional stretch of moves. W appears to have the better of it but a bad N move takes it out of position to stop Black from Q-ing a pawn. W has a chance to possibly force a draw later, but another bad move gives Black the path for a 2nd Q.
R5 Denis240964 1/2 kingofknights - W's early aggression gets his Q in trouble, but he is willing to trade it for both of Black Rs. W wants to use his extra piece to help escort a pawn down to Q , but a Mistake loses one. The other must be traded for a Black pawn that must be stopped. Q vs R-B is a struggle that neither player can find the answer to, and they must Draw.
R6 smsxman 1/2 oldprex1 - An unorthodox opening sequence leads to tense play and ending similar to the other two draws Noted. This Battle of the Double Fianchettos lasted a little longer than the others and Black had winning chances longer. W's K needed no help in pinning Black's K into the corner.
What we are about
Sections for Teams of Experts, Novices, and Between!
Four to five 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.
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Ratings Teams I P P I T P Schedule Games Standings Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Playoff 1 Playoff 2 Playoff 3 Tiebreak