Central London League Chess- News

News from 2018-19 for Central London League Chess

News from other years: 2015

18 Oct 2018

Steve Sonnis

New Pimlico Venue

From 18 October the Pimlico venue is the Community Centre on the 
Lillington Gardens Estate. It is underneath Morgan House and is 
somewhat hidden away in the middle of the Estate. The directions 
below  are probably the simplest route from Pimlico Station for 
first time visitors.

1. Take the Rampayne Street exit from the left side of the station 
booking hall
2. Walk down Rampayne Street to the junction with Vauxhall Bridge 
3. Turn left onto Vauxhall Bridge Road and walk towards Victoria
4. After c200 yards you reach the Moo Cantina bar/restaurant at 
number 43.
5. Immediately after the Moo Cantina walk down a short flight of 
steps onto the estate road.
6. Continue towards Victoria along the estate road for c50 yards and 
you will reach an archway between Charlwood House and Henry Wise 
7. Turn left under the archway and the entrance to the Community 
Centre is c30 yards directly in front of you.

Total distance from the station is c400 yards.

Given that we will be in the middle of a residential estate, it is 
most important that we are considerate of our neighbours. Please 
leave quietly. Ditto when using the smoking area.

Please remember that we are not allowed to consume alcohol on the 
premises and we must not park vehicles on the Estate roads at any 
time. There is plenty of public parking in adjacent streets. 

12 Oct 2018

Steve Sonnis

Fixture Changes

The match in Division1 between Railsport and Rangers due to be played 
on 5 September has been postponed to 5 May 2019.

The match in Division1 between Railsport and Battersea2 due to be 
played on 13 March 2019 has been moved to 14 March 2019.

30 Aug 2018

Steve Sonnis

Background Information

The Central London League was formed in 2011 under the auspices of 
Pimlico Chess Club. The driving force behind its creation was James 
Toon. Pimlico Chess Club continues to operate the league, with Steve 
Sonnis acting as administrator on the club's behalf.

It is intended that the league should offer competitive, but 
friendly, chess for players of all standards. All matches must be 
played within Zone 1 of the London Underground, as defined in 2017.

In the Central London League, all games finish on the night. No 
adjudications. No adjournments.

Originally a single division with 7 teams, the league has expanded 
to three divisions. For the 2018/19 season, Divisions 1 and 2 will 
have 8 teams and Division 3 will have 6 teams. No further 
applications will be considered for the 2018/19 season

The League is open, any team may apply to join. Any applications for 
the 2019/2020 season should be made by the end of May and will be 
subject to a vacancy arising. 

Divisions 1 & 2 have no grade limit on individual players but teams 
must not exceed an average grade of 205 in any one match. There will 
be promotion/relegation between the divisions. It is hoped that 
teams in D2 will, over the season, have an average grade no lower 
than 150.

Division 3 is, in principle, limited to players with a maximum grade 
of 145. Some exceptions may be made in exceptional circumstances.

Each team consists of 5 players in Divisions 1 and 2, and 4 players 
in Division 3.
Players may play for only one club in Divisions 1 & 2 and for only 
one team in a particular division. Players in Division 3 may play 
for only one team in that division, but it does not have to be the 
club they play for in the higher divisions.
Some teams operate from secure premises. They will need a list of 
visiting players at least two days before the match. In the interest 
of fairness, they will send their own team list in return. Visitors 
may be asked for ID on arrival at the venue.
The team winning the toss has White on odd boards.
Matches start at 6.30pm.
Absent players will be defaulted at 7.15pm.
The time control will be a Fischer time control of all moves in 75 
minutes plus 15 seconds a move.
If suitable digital clocks are not available at any particular 
venue, the time control will be 30 moves in 75 minutes then all 
remaining moves in a further 15 minutes.
Mobile phones should be silenced or turned off for the duration of 
the playing session. If a player's mobile phone rings during play, 
he should be asked to silence it or turn it off. If it happens 
again, he loses the game by default.
Each captain will submit the match results promptly via this 
website, showing the names, grades and result on each board.
All games will be submitted for ECF grading.

For games played by non ECF members, the ECF is likely to levy a 
charge on the league. Any such charges will be passed on to the club 
concerned who will be responsible for ensuring the league is 
reimbursed promptly.
Teams who wish to use the Pimlico venue for their home matches will 
be asked to contribute £25 per home match towards the rental costs. 
The rental costs will be recovered in two instalments, the first to 
be paid by the end of November and the second by the end of April.

Any disputes will be resolved by the league administrator who will 
call on assistance from FIDE Arbiter Nick Faulks as required.

Any enquiries to SteveSonnis@aol.com 


08 Aug 2018

Steve Sonnis

Fixtures 2018-19

These are now available as an administrative document at 

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