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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-94 playoffs start.
For the playoffs, two rounds in each Section are planned: Weeks of November 29 and December 6, with a third round if needed for tiebreaks the week of December 13.
T94 - 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 Portola 0-1 Egmont The longest game of the week. Well-played, but decisions by W led to Black having tempo control and R penetration protecting a passed pawn. The next bad decision gave Black a 3-1 pawn ad and the last took the Rs off the board and made stopping Black from getting a Q impossible.
R2 Egmont 0-1 RD1974 Both players duke it out in the middle but when they switch to trading on a and b columns Black gains a passed pawn. W isn't able to stop it without losing a N. Then, W is able to open up the way for a pawn to Q on the opposite side of the board.
R2(GP) Kingofknights 1-0 olivermx Exciting game to watch live; free-wheeling, with both players having attacking chances. As the game breaks down W gains a tempo advantage that negates the threat a mistake caused him. From there, Black can't find the right combination of moves to defend the W advance.
R3 ivanson 1-0 LookImYourVader The most entertaining game of the week; tight positions with aggressive play led to situations with multiple options for either player. Endgame decisions led to the drawing position. Black lost on time while trying to suss out how his R advantage could overcome that position.
R4 CMAIge 1-0 Signofthetimes Fun game to watch tho with a basic trading out to the endgame. Noteworthy for the dueling N sacs and W using Black's tactics against him to get his Q first. Nice endgaame study.
R4(GP) herrahuu 1/2 xingon 80-move draw very evenly played tho seeming wide-open. Noteworthy for how long both stayed in book, and playing the top move options for 32 of the first 34 moves of the Najdorf.
R5 Gilguli 1/2 SeniorCitizen 2nd Longest game of the week but was in doubt the longest.. Black loses a piece and the other trades all benefit the W advance . But in the endgame Black has too many pawns for W to easily defend. Black comes oh-so-close to a great comeback, before his advance stalls into the Draw.
R6 trogers41 1/2 Constrictor The best game that wasn't effectively over somewhere in the move 30's. Aggressive play led to tense moments for both players. Either had winning chances for awhile; Black had the best chance at the end but trading put us in a position to see the Stalemate.
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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