The BACL individual and team rapidplay takes place on Thursday 14th May at Bury chess club and then Wednesday 20th May at Cambridge city chess club. On each evening there are 3 graded games of 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. Assuming sufficient digital clocks that is. Any player with a visual handicap may insist on an analogue clock with a time limit of 25 minutes. Entry is free for ECF members; for non-members it is £3 for each night (less for juniors). Just come along and register your presence by 7.30 on each day to get included. There is no need to play both days.
The format is the same as the BACL rapidplay held last year. The essence of the pairing system is that the closest graded players are paired to play and in subsequent rounds 10 points are added to the grade of winners and subtracted from losers for the purpose of pairing the subsequent rounds. Club players are kept apart as much as possible. This may not be possible for Cambridge players at Cambridge and Bury players at Bury.
Teams consist of 3 or 4 players from the same club. A team of 4 has its scores multiplied by .75 for that evening. Teams can bring in other players on the second evening provided they have not played for another team. Teams need to enter before the start of round 2. The pairing system provides an element of handicap.
There will be trophies for the individual winner, grading prize and team winner.