Team 45 45 League
Serious Chess and Team Spirit on the ICC
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Team chess is a rapidly growing venue for players of all strengths to
compete both individually and as a team. This allows all players to
enjoy the spirit of the game, to meet players worldwide, to foster team
spirit, to encourage teaching of skills, and to promote good
sportsmanship. The benefits for the existence of a Team League promotes
these qualities and the location of a venue hosting such an event,
attracting people who would not otherwise get to go to a team tournament
Team 45 45 League shares with the STC Bunch the primary goal of
providing organized chess events at a longer time control rarely
available anywhere else on the internet. Team 45 45 League also strives
to provide for the enjoyment of the game of chess and establish a venue
for friendships and community worldwide.
Team 45 45 League is a group of dedicated human chess players who
desire to play Slow Time Control chess with other human chess players.
The clandestine use of computer chess algorithms and/or chess engines is
condemned in the highest degree. Cheating by the use of these computer
programs to assist even in the slightest amount is completely and
The role and purpose of the Steering Committee is to manage the affairs
of the league, to set its direction and expansion, see to its
advertisement and management, writing the Constitution, Statutes and
Handbooks, and reviewing the rulings of the previous Oversight
Committee. This is the ultimate governing body of Team 45 45 League with
all rights and responsibilities.
The Steering Committee consists of a council of no more than 11 people,
some of whom may be permanent members, the rest shall be composed of
volunteers from Team Captains and, if there is room, from the General
The Steering Committee shall establish their own rules and are not
subject to any statutes or administrative rules while acting on Steering
The purpose of the Oversight Committee is to provide adjudication of
any disputes occurring during the specific Team 45 45 League Tournament
for which it is seated and to serve as an Appellate Board in any
decision made by the Tournament Director. Decisions are made in
accordance with the Bylaws. Where no Bylaw exists, decisions are made in
a manner consistent with the spirit and intent of the Bylaws. The
Oversight Committee may recommend Bylaw changes or additions to the
The Oversight Committee shall be seated for the duration of the event
and shall be composed of a Chair, a Deputy Chair and seven other members
who shall be volunteers from Team Captains and other experienced active
league members. The Chief TD shall appoint the Chair and the Deputy
At the conclusion of the Tournament for which it is seated, after all
results are in, and all adjudications are completed, the Oversight
Committee shall be dissolved until the next Tournament.
The Oversight Committee shall establish its own administrative
procedures for use while acting on its affairs. ¶ SC 30-31.
The Tournament Director shall have the responsibilities of running the
day to day business of the League. Specifically receiving Team Entries,
maintaining the web site, making the pairings for the current round of
the event, receiving game scores, awarding forfeits, creating
Administrative Rules required by statute, and promptly forwarding all
contested decisions to the Oversight Committee.
The Tournament Director may have assistants as needed. Under no
circumstance will the Tournament Director create or establish new
statutes, nor will the Tournament Director disregard any directive from
the Oversight Committee. The Tournament Director and all assistants will
deal with all involved in a fair and equitable manner and at all times
will behave with a diplomatic and reasonable deportment.
The selection of the Tournament Director shall be by a unanimous
agreement of the permanent members of the Steering Committee and a
majority of the entire Steering Committee (¶ SC 11-12). The
Tournament Director shall establish Administrative Rules to govern the
various levels of authority and responsibility for the group of
assistants to the Tournament Director.
There will be 4 to 6 players to a team. Each team must have one and
only one Team Captain who decides who plays for the team, which 4
players will participate in any given round, represent the team in any
dispute, and all other duties required by Statute or Interim Rule. The
captain may be either a playing captain or a non-playing captain. Each
team is required to designate an Alternate Team Captain to act on the
Team Captain's behalf if they are unavailable. ¶ SC 12-13.
Team internal structure is beyond the scope of League Management, and
teams are free to establish any sort of structure that complies with the
Statutes and By-Laws, including the designations of Assistant Team
Captain, Archivist, or any other position they wish to establish.
Regardless of any internal team positions, only the officially
designated Team Captain can speak for the team when communicating with
other teams or League Managers.
This Constitution, the Statutes, Administrative Rules, Handbooks
of Play, FAQ's, and any other document regulating the governance of Team
45 45 League shall be considered in total the By-Laws. If there exists
inconsistencies or contradictions within the By-Laws, the following
order of authority shall be used, from the highest authority to the
lowest authority: The Constitution, the Statutes, Administrative Rules,
the Handbooks of Play, Statements of Opinion by the Tournament Director,
any other document regulating the governance of Team 45 45 League, and
Tosses of the Coin.
The Constitution shall only be amended or changed by the agreement of
at least seventy-five (75) percent of the permanent members of the
Steering Committee and a majority of the entire Steering Committee. (¶
SC25-26) The Statutes shall only be amended or
changed by a majority of the Steering Committee. Administrative Rules
shall be amended or changed by the Tournament Director. The Handbooks of
Play shall be amended or changed by the person designated by the
Steering Committee to write them. Statements of Opinion by the
Tournament Director shall be superseded by more current Statements of
Opinion by the Tournament Director.
This Constitution approved by SC 10-11 unless otherwise indicated.
¶ All references to "Steering" by SC 11-12.
¶ Steering Committee increased from 9 to 11 members by SC 23-24.
¶ Article IV revised by SC 30-31. Also removed Interim Rules from Articles IV and VII.