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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T-95 Playoffs finally on

Technical problems delayed the start of playoffs. Many thanks to the tech team and the patience of the players.

T96 news: By a majority vote of the Steering Committee the upper two section limits have been reduced by 50 points. The sections for the next tournament, T-96, will be U1300, U1500, U1650, U1800.

T-95 - 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(GP) clarinetref 0-1 tightfist A struggle that went Black's way in the move 30's because his Q got behind enemy lines and grabbed a 2-pawn advantage. The Crisis Point came early in most games this week; W made this one entertaining by staying alive for another 40+ moves and having a viable threat if Black misplayed.

R2 KidRattler 1-0 walkover A game that goes full-on into Gambit mode when both Qs can be threatened. Black appears to have the endgame advantage with 2 Rs, but when he commits to grabbing the last of W's Qside pawns W's R-B-N combination crowds the Black K onto h column.  Black misses defending the Nxp move that becomes Mate.

R2(GP) herrahuu 1-0 jjmolina1 A game that Looked gambit-y from the start but actually stayed in book until move 14 ..Black appears to win the best position from the trades and is left with a fully passed pawn on d. But W's R does more damage behind enemy lines. As Black commits to grabbing W's Qside pawns W does the same to Black on Kside. Then W's pawns can not be stopped from Q-ing.

R3 primerpaso 0-1 bobhill A positional game similar to the pawnchain-smsxman draw; the two factors in this game's favor are 1) they adhered to the book opening for Much longer; 2 ) here both players were still playing for a chance to win into the move 70's . Until the missteps went in Black's favor.

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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.


Fun Stuff

Explore Here Often.  Don't Miss Out!

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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