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Team 45 45 League provides team competition to internet chess players who like slow time controls,
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T67 playoffs underway; T68 next
Playoff Round 2, all finals matches, is underway. No round 3 unless a finals match ties - then a tiebreak playoff match. Profiles for T68 will open February 9.
T67 Games of the Week (updated 7 February)
T67 Games of the Week with comments by Guru Intemperate -- R1 krysto v Rubo. A swashbuckling affair, and great attacking play by Rubo. I have won countless games against the Budapest, and was starting to wonder why anyone plays it, but this game reminds us what can happen if you are not accurate in your refutation. Well done! R2 allaboutthegyro v xwang1. The Berlin Defence has a bit of a reputation as a drawing line, but no-one told xwang1! This was a proper battle, with black pushing hard for the win, and falling short as his attack ran out of steam. But White defended his position well, and deserved his win. Excellent play by both players though, great game!, R3 fireball v kutch It just goes to show, you can find great games of chess in all divisions of Team4545. This is a really nice example of attacking play from fireball. It shows the potential power of these wild gambit openings. You still see them gather a crowd at OTB tourneys occasionally! So well worth adding one or two of them to your repertoire to spring on an unprepared opponent!,R4 bobhill v hudson. Warning, watching this game might make you addicted to the Kings Gambit! ;-) This is chess right out of the pre-computer age! Great attacking sacrifices, and finished off with some rook endgame finesse. Great play!, R5 SAC2001 vs room-matt. There is nothing overly glamorous about this game, and strangely, that is the whole point! Most games aren't spectacular miniatures, or finished off with fancy tactics. Most of the time the unheralded chess player has to grind out a win by making less mistakes than his opponent! Here is such a game, 83 hard fought moves, both players trying to out manoeuvre each other, sweating over every decision. A game like this can seem to last forever, and this week I'd like to dedicate GOTW to these two guys and all the thousands of games like this one that go unnoticed. Kudos to all of you! :-), R6 jon314159 v Rogers43. A nice miniature from black, and, selfishly, it is the line play against the Kings Gambit, so I was doubly curious, although I don't recall it ever turning out this well for me ;-). ,P1 Monerrey v The7thGuest In a Benko line, less travelled, White got everything he could have wished for, and more as Black, probably unfamiliar with this line, got lost in the myriad of possible defences, failed to find a good one and eventually succumbed to the loss. This serves to demonstrate the usefulness of steering clear of the mainlines, because it is not knowing the strongest lines that wins, it's simply knowing A line better than your opponent. In this league especially, when you know who your opponant is going to be, often a week ahead of the game, there really is no excuse for not doing a bit of prep to surprise your opponent with ;-), P2 Stay Tuned!
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Four to six players band together as a team, and compete in divisions of 4 – 7 teams in one of six 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 (1-3 more rounds) to determine the sectional champions. Champions earn two-month membership extensions donated by ICC, and runner-ups earn one-month extensions. To join, follow the steps in: Quick Guide.
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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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