Handbook 2011

ENGLISH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION HANDBOOK  (4TH EDITION)

 

 

 

Contents

 

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Constitution

Chapter 2: The Rules of Draughts

Chapter 3: Tournament Regulations (English Open)

Chapter 4: EDA Events

Chapter 5: Other Events

Chapter 6: Miscellaneous Matters

Chapter 7: Resolutions

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Although handbooks have been issued to members of the EDA at various times since its formation in 1897, the first comprehensive version was written by Richard Pask in April 1991 following consultation with several prominent members. He produced a second revised edition in 1999, and a further update with some restructuring was issued by George Miller as the EDA Constitution, Resolutions and Rules in June 2003. This present update incorporates official amendments voted on at EDA meetings in 2004. My thanks to Ian Caws and John Reade for their help.

                                                                                                                                Ken Lovell, Hon. Sec., EDA. Jan 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1: The Constitution

 

Name

1.     This Association shall be called “The English Draughts Association” (EDA).

 

Object

2.     The object of the Association shall be to promote the game of draughts.

 

Membership

3.      The Association shall consist of clubs and organisations who shall pay an annual affiliation fee, and individual members who shall pay an annual membership fee. Both fees may be altered at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Association’s financial year shall be from 1st January to 31st December. Each individual member shall be entitled to one vote at General Meetings.

4.      Notice of membership renewal to be prominently published in the December issue of the English Draughts Journal (EDJ).

5.      The cost of becoming a Life Member shall be twenty times the annual membership fee.

6.      One member may be elected an Honorary Life Member at the AGM for services rendered to the game of draughts.

 

Officers

7.      The Association shall recognise the following official offices: Honorary President, Vice Presidents, Honorary Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Postal Secretary, Journal Editor, Publicity Officer, Trustees (2), Executive Committee Members (3) and the Delegate to the Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames (FMJD). Office bearers shall be elected for the ensuing year at the AGM. A brief description of each post follows:

8.      The Honorary President shall be the figurehead of the Association. He shall give the opening address at the AGM, and at major tournaments run by the Association.

9.      The Honorary President shall be one of only two members allowed to call an Executive Committee Meeting (ECM). Should the Honorary Chairman be absent from an ECM, the President shall take the chair and shall have the casting vote. He shall also be allowed to take the appropriate action in matters of urgency, and shall report this action to the next ECM.

10.    The office of Honorary President shall be held by one individual for a maximum period of four consecutive years, subject to re-election at each AGM. Thereafter, this individual may be re-elected after the lapse of one year.

11.    A Vice President shall be eligible to vote at ECMs, and may deputise for the Honorary President if required to do so.

12.    There shall be no limit to the number of Vice Presidents who may be elected at the AGM. Note... All past Honorary Presidents shall be Vice Presidents.

13.    The Honorary Chairman shall be responsible for chairing all meetings.

14.    The Honorary Chairman shall be one of only two members allowed to call an ECM. He shall also have the casting vote in any meeting he attends. He shall also be allowed to take the appropriate action in matters of urgency, and shall report this action to the next ECM. (See also Paragraph 18)

15.    The Honorary Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of meetings, conduct general correspondence and carry out the instructions of the meetings.

16.    The Honorary Secretary shall be allowed to take the appropriate action in matters of urgency, and shall report this action to the next ECM.

17.    The Honorary Treasurer shall keep books of account, and at the end of the financial year prepare the annual statement of accounts and balance sheet, which duly audited shall be presented to the AGM.

18.    An account or accounts shall be opened and/or maintained by the Honorary Treasurer in the name of the Association at such bank or banks as the Executive Committee shall approve. Withdrawals from the current account shall be signed by the Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Chairman. Withdrawals from the deposit account shall be signed by the Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Chairman, and one Trustee. The Honorary Treasurer shall also be allowed to take the appropriate action in matters of urgency, and shall report this action to the next ECM.

19.    The Postal Secretary shall be responsible for running all the postal events held under the auspices of the Association.

20.    The Journal Editor shall be responsible for producing the official organ of the Association and for its distribution to individual members and club secretaries.

21.    The Publicity Officer shall be responsible for obtaining the maximum possible media coverage for events run by the Association, and for endeavouring to swell the membership numbers.

22.    The Trustees shall guarantee the Association’s financial position. Withdrawals from the deposit account of the Association shall be signed by one Trustee and either the Honorary Treasurer or the Honorary Chairman.

23.    A Trustee must be a householder.

24.    Executive Committee Members shall be eligible to vote at ECMs.

25.    The FMJD delegate shall represent the Association at any meetings held under the auspices of the FMJD.

 

Management

26.    The business of the Association shall be managed by two types of meeting:

i.    General Meetings

ii.   ECMs

27.    There are two types of General meetings which may be called in the following circumstances

·              Annual General Meeting (see Paragraph 28)

                ·              Extra-ordinary General Meeting (To be arranged within one month of such a proposal being recorded                                  by the Honorary Secretary.)

                                              i. called by the ECM to discuss a singular issue at one month’s notice to the membership

                                             ii. called to discuss a singular proposal by petition of at least twenty members or delegates

entitled to be present.

 

Annual General Meeting

28.    The AGM of the Association shall be held annually as determined by the previous AGM.

29.    Ten members are required to form a quorum at General Meetings.

30.    Members unable to attend General Meetings may nominate someone to vote on their behalf by signing a proxy voting slip.

i.              Members holding proxy voting slips shall show them to the Honorary Chairman prior to the commencement of the meeting.

ii.             Proxy votes may be used to vote on any issue during the meeting.

iii.            A member shall be assumed to be voting with all the proxy votes at his command unless, prior to any vote, he specifically declares otherwise.

31.   The minutes of General Meetings shall be made available to all individual members and club secretaries either by means of publication in the official organ of the Association or upon request.

 

Executive Committee Meeting

32.   The business of the Association shall be managed by an Executive Committee consisting of the Honorary President, Vice Presidents, Honorary Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Postal Secretary, Journal Editor, Publicity Officer, two Trustees, three Executive Committee Members elected at the AGM, the FMJD Delegate and Honorary Life Members.

33.   Four members are required to form a quorum at an ECM. Furthermore, either the Honorary President or the Honorary Chairman or both shall be present at all ECMs.

34.   A mandatory ECM shall be held on the first Saturday of December each year. The venue for the meeting shall be fixed at the preceding AGM by those Executive Committee members who are present. Additional ECMs may be called throughout the year, as described in paragraph 35.

35.   Both the Honorary President and Honorary Chairman shall have the right to call additional ECMs if they feel there is justification. In these circumstances every effort shall be taken to inform those eligible to attend, in advance, of the time and venue of such meetings.

36.   The Executive Committee shall exercise all the powers vested in it, regardless of whether or not the particular issue in question was specifically assigned to it at a General Meeting.

37.   Proxy votes shall not be permitted at ECMs.

 

Events

38.   The UK and Irish Match Championship, the UK and Irish Ladies Match Championship and the Home International Championships shall require sanction of the EDA together with that of the other competing bodies in order to be official.

39.   The following championship events shall be held, on a regular basis, under the auspices of the Association: English Match Title, British Open [alternating with the Scottish Draughts Association (SDA) or other home association], English Open, English Open Go-as-you-please (GAYP), English Amateur, British Counties, English Ladies Match Title, British Open Postal, English Open Postal and the Samuel Cohen Memorial.

 

Alterations to the Handbook

40.   Changes to the EDA Constitution (i.e. Chapter 1) may be made only at a General Meeting, and written notice of such alterations shall be given to the Honorary Secretary at least one month prior to the meeting. All such proposed alterations shall be explicitly stated in the agenda for the General Meeting, which shall be distributed to all members at least one week prior to the meeting. A two-thirds majority of the votes cast is required in order for an alteration to be passed.

41.   Alterations to the EDA Resolutions and Rules (i.e. Chapters 2-7) shall be voted upon at General Meetings or ECMs. There shall be a simple majority of the votes cast in favour of the alteration in order for it to be passed. All such alterations to be published in the EDJ.

Chapter 2: The Rules of Draughts

 

1.     This chapter to be lodged with the FMJD as the “EDA Official Rules set”.

 

Draughts Board and men

2.     The draughts board is square in shape and is divided into 64 squares of equal size, alternately light and dark in colour. (Technically called white and black.)

3.     The board is placed between the two players such that the bottom left-hand corner square is black.

4.     The game is only played on the black squares, which for the purpose of reference are assigned numbers from 1 to 32.

5.     Each player starts with 12 discs, or men, all of equal size. One player has dark coloured men (called black), and the other has light coloured men (called white). The colours of the men must make a distinct contrast with the colours of the squares of the board.

6.     At the start of play the black men occupy squares 1 to 12 and the white men occupy squares 21 to 32.

 

Order of Play

7.     To start the game the players decide by the toss of a coin which colour they will play. In subsequent games the players alternate colours.

8.     The first move in each game is made by the player with the black men. Thereafter the moves are made by each player in turn.

 

The Moves

9.     There are fundamentally 4 types of move: the ordinary move of a man, the ordinary move of a king, the capturing move of a man and the capturing move of a king.

10.   The ordinary move of a man is its transfer diagonally forward left or right from one square to an immediately neighbouring vacant square.

11.   When a man reaches the farthest row forward (the king row or crown head) it becomes a king, and this completes the turn of play. The man is crowned by the opponent, who must place a man of the same colour on top of it before making his own move. (It may be necessary to borrow from another set if no captured man is available for the purpose.)

12.   The ordinary move of a king is its transfer diagonally forward left or right from one square to an immediately neighbouring vacant square.

13.   The capturing move of a man is its transfer over a diagonally adjacent and forward square occupied by an opponent’s piece (man or king) and on to a vacant square immediately beyond it. A capturing move is called a ‘jump’. On completion of the jump the captured piece is removed from the board.

14.   The capturing move of a king is similar to that of a man, but may be in a forward or backward direction.

15.   If a jump creates an immediate further capturing opportunity, then the capturing move of the piece (man or king) is continued until all the jumps are completed. The only exception is that if a man reaches the king row by means of a capturing move it then becomes a king, but may not make any further jumps in the same turn. At the end of the capturing sequence, all the captured pieces are removed from the board, in the order in which they were jumped.

16.   All capturing moves are compulsory, whether offered actively or passively. If there are two or more ways to jump, a player may select any one he wishes, not necessarily that which gains the most pieces. Once started, a multiple jump must be carried through to completion.

 

Touching Pieces

17.   Either player, on intimating to his opponent, is entitled to adjust his own or his opponent’s pieces properly on their squares at any time during the course of the game.

18.   If a player on his turn to move touches a piece he must play that piece, unless he has given an adjustment warning. If the piece is not legally playable, Rule 20ii applies.

19.   If any part of a playable piece is played over the corner of the square on which it is stationed, the move must be completed in that direction.

 

False, Improper or Illegal Moves

20.   A player making a false, improper or illegal move shall be cautioned for the first offence, and then the move recalled. The caution and recall of the move must take place before the opponent makes his next move. The offending player shall forfeit the game for any subsequent false, improper or illegal move made in that game. This applies if, for example, a player:

i.        Omits to capture or to complete a multiple capture.

ii.       On his turn to play touches an unplayable piece.

iii.      Moves a piece, either in an ordinary move or in a capturing move, on to the wrong square.

iv.      Moves an uncrowned man backwards.

v.       When capturing, removes an opponent’s piece or pieces not in a position to be captured by that move.

vi.      When capturing, inadvertently removes one or more of his own pieces.

vii.     Continues a capturing move through the king row with a man not already crowned.

viii.    Moves a piece when it is not his turn to play.

21.   If any of the pieces are accidentally displaced by the players or through a cause outside their control, the pieces are replaced without penalty and the game continued.

22.   A player who refuses to adhere to the rules shall immediately forfeit the game.

 

The Result of the Game

23.   There are two states to define: the win and the draw.

24.    The game is won by the player who can make the last move; that is, no move is available to the opponent on his turn to play, either because all his pieces have been captured or his remaining pieces are all blocked. ‘Last move wins!’

25.    A player also wins if his opponent:

i.     Resigns at any point,

ii.    Forfeits the game by contravening the rules.

26.    The game is drawn if, at any stage, both players agree on such a result. (This usually occurs when neither side can force a win.)

27.    The game shall be declared drawn if, at any stage, a player can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the referee that both the following conditions hold:

i.     Neither player has advanced an uncrowned man towards the king row during his own previous 50 moves.

ii.    No pieces have been removed from the board during the previous 50 moves of each player.

28.    The game shall be declared drawn if, at any stage, a player can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the referee that with his next move he would create the same position for the fourth time during the game.

29.    In the case of Rules 27 and 28 the referee shall check the player’s claim while his clock is running. Should the claim prove unsubstantiated, the game shall be continued, subject to the player still having time remaining on his clock.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3: Tournament Regulations (English Open)

 

Tournament Preparations

1.      There are a number of important tasks to be undertaken prior to the start of the tournament.

2.      A Tournament Committee shall be responsible for running all the sections of the tournament and shall number a maximum of nine EDA members, and consist of the Honorary President, Honorary Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, the Referee of each section and two competing players elected at the pre-tournament meeting.

3.      A Referee shall be responsible for running a particular section of the tournament. He shall be of the highest integrity, have a thorough knowledge of the EDA Handbook and be able to play the game at a reasonable level. He shall have the authority to settle any point of dispute which may arise, without recourse to the Tournament Committee. In the event of his asking the Tournament Committee to vote on a particular issue, the Honorary Chairman, if present, shall have the casting vote.

4.      No competing player shall be allowed to vote on an issue in which he is personally involved.

5.      All important information relating to the tournament, such as date, venue, playing schedule, prize fund and entry fees should be advertised well in advance in the official organ of the Association.

6.      The tournament may take place at any time of the year, but shall always last five days, starting Monday and finishing on Friday afternoon or evening.

7.      The playing room should have good heating, lighting and ventilation, and should provide a quiet atmosphere conducive to total concentration. The tables and chairs should be sturdy, of standard height, and spaced well apart. Toilet facilities for both men and women should be easily accessible to the playing room. A separate room set aside for analysis would be ideal, but is not a prerequisite.

8.      The playing schedule should normally be as follows: Session 1 — 0930-1330 (1400); Session 2 —1430-1830 (1900) or 1830-2230 (2300).

9.      A minimum prize fund should be advertised in advance, with the proviso that it may be increased, subject to the number of entries.

i.              Prize money awarded in the top section should be substantially greater than that awarded in the other two sections,

ii.             Given limited funds, a small number of reasonable prizes shall be preferred to a large number of small prizes.

10.    Each section shall have a different entry fee, which shall vary according to the prize money on offer. Players paying their entry fee after a specified date shall pay a surcharge. All entry fees shall be paid before the start of the tournament. Non-EDA members shall be allowed to play in the tournament, but shall pay an increased entry fee. The Tournament Committee shall have the power to reject any entry.

11.    The Pre-tournament Meeting shall normally be held on the Sunday evening prior to the tournament, and be between 15 and 30 minutes in length. There shall be just two points on the agenda:

i        A brief welcome to the players from the referee(s) of the Tournament,

ii.      The election of two competing players to serve on the Tournament Committee.

 

Running the Tournament

12.    The regulations which follow shall apply with equal force to all sections of the tournament.

13.    The Tournament shall be split into a maximum of three sections, subject to there being a minimum of 12 players in each section.

14.    The three sections shall be referred to as A, B and C. The winner of Section A shall become the English Open Champion.

15.    Players who have competed in an international cross board match against the USA shall be forced to play in Section A.

16.    Winners of Section C shall thereafter play in Section B and winners of Section B shall thereafter play in Section A, unless they finish bottom of their new section, whereupon they shall revert to their original section.

17.    Players not referred to in Regulations 15 and 16 should use their common sense in deciding which section to play in, using, where available, their rating as a guide.

18.    The Referee shall have the right to move a player from one section to another if he deems it appropriate.

19.    Players from abroad shall play in the section specified by the Referee.

20.    If there are two sections, the Referee shall ensure that Section A contains an even number of players. If there are three sections, the Referee shall ensure that Sections A and B contain even numbers of players.

21.    All sections shall be run under the Swiss system and incorporate the following principles:

i.      10 rounds to be played.

ii.     The first round to be a free draw.

ii.     No re-pairing.

iv.    Players to be paired with opponents of the same or nearest score.

v.     Where a section has an odd number of players, one player shall receive a bye each round. A bye registers 4 points and no player may receive more than one bye during the Tournament.

22.    The Referee, and only the Referee, shall produce the pairings for each round.

23.    Tournament points are scored as follows: a win = 2 points; a draw = 1 point; a loss = 0 points. At the end of the tournament the player with the most points, out of a maximum possible total of 40, shall be declared the winner.

24.    In addition to tournament points, each player accumulates ‘honour points’, and these may be used to split ties at the conclusion of the tournament.

25.    ‘Honour points’ (Relative Sum of Opponents’ Scores) are calculated by adding the final scores of each player’s opponents. Only opponents who play in the final round shall be included. Byes are disregarded. In comparing the RSOS for players tied on tournament points, the same (maximum) number of results available for all those tied are used, with the best results being selected for players with the greater number of available results. A higher RSOS ranks above a lower RSOS.

26.    If two or more players finish level on points, anywhere in the final table, they shall be split in accordance with the following rules:

                                          i.    By comparing individual results.

                                          ii.   By comparing ‘honour points’.

                                          iii.  By comparing ‘weighted honour points’. ‘Weighted honour points’ are the sum of opponents'        scores multiplied by the score obtained against each opponent.

iv.   If players are inseparable after this they shall be deemed to have finished level. If they are tied for 1st place they shall be declared joint championship winners. More details follow:

27.    If all players in the tied group have played each other, a mini league consisting of these players shall be drawn up, and points awarded according to the individual results.

i.     If Regulation 27 splits the players to some extent, but is not totally conclusive, treat those players who are level as a completely new tied group.

ii.    If all the players in a tied group finish with the same number of points under Regulation 27, or in the case of a tied group where the players have not all played each other, then apply Regulation 28; however, if one of the players has scored three or more points against each of the other group members he shall come first in the group, and the other players treated as a new tied group.

28.    The ‘honour points’ of each player in the tied group are compared, the player with the highest ‘honour points’ coming first.

i.     The general order determined by the application of Regulation 28 shall be observed, even if it is not totally conclusive. Regulation 29 shall be applied to any new tied group.

29.    Compare the weighted honour points of each player in the tied group.

30.    To ensure that games are satisfactorily completed within the prescribed sessions, the following procedures should be followed.

31.    The pairings for each round, together with the board number, to be posted on the display board by the Referee; the board numbers to be attached to each table. It shall be the responsibility of each player to act on this information.

32.    The Referee should ensure that the 3-move ballot and choice of colours are selected smoothly and efficiently on each board.

33.    All clocks to be wound up and set to 11 o’clock. At the start of each session the Referee shall start each clock in turn, irrespective of whether one or both players is missing.

34.    Upon the completion of the first game a short break not exceeding 10 minutes shall be permitted.

35.    The procedure for resolving an unfinished game in the morning shall be as follows:

i.     At 1330 the Referee shall ask the two players if they are willing to agree upon a result.

ii.    If not, he shall permit the game to continue until 1400. At this time he shall again ask if they are willing to agree upon a result.

iii.   If not, the Referee shall deliver a verdict. Being a broad-brush assessment of the position, this will differ significantly from an adjudication, and shall result in the Referee awarding a win only if he feels, with a high degree of confidence, that, taking into account all factors, this is the result which would occur if the game were played to a conclusion. Otherwise he shall award a draw.

iv.   Verdicts should rarely be called for.

v.    The same rule applies for all sessions.

vi.   If the two players are still playing their first game on close of play, and cannot agree upon a result, the referee shall deliver a verdict in both games.

 

Additional Rules of Play

36.   These involve the playing equipment, specified time limits, recording games, using the 3-move ballot and etiquette.

37.   The official EDA board has green and buff squares, each of which measures not less than 1¾ and not more than 2 inches across. Boards of different colours may be permitted under exceptional circumstances if both players are agreeable.

38.    The official EDA pieces are red and white, either flat or grooved, with a diameter of not less than 1¼ inches and not more than 1½ inches. Pieces of different colours may be permitted under exceptional circumstances if both players are agreeable.

39.    Every table shall be equipped with a draughts clock. All pairings shall be required to use these clocks in accordance with the following regulations.

40.    Each player shall meet the following time controls or lose the game on time: 30 moves in the first 60 minutes; 45 moves in the first 90 minutes; 60 moves in the first 120 minutes etc. At the end of the first time control, white shall reset both clocks by 30 minutes. He shall repeat this action at each subsequent time control. Note: A player has not completed his move until he has pressed his clock.

41.    Each player shall be entirely responsible for pressing his clock after his move and keeping a check on the number of moves made. Should he fail to do so, no warning, particularly by a third party, should be given.

42.    Absent players. If a player is not present at the start of a session, the referee shall start the clock in his absence.

i.     If a player arrives before an hour has elapsed, he may play the game, but with the reduced time available to him.

ii.    If a player arrives after his flag has fallen he shall forfeit the game.

iii.   If a player arrives after his flag has fallen for a second time (that is 2 hours late), he shall forfeit both games. Note... (i) Should both players be absent for a game/games (1 or 2 hours), they shall both receive 0 points. (ii) The player deemed to be handling the White shall have his clock started at the beginning of the game. Hence if Black is absent for a game, White must play a move and press his clock before Black’s clock starts running.

43.    The 3-move restriction style of play shall be adopted in Sections A and B of the tournament.

44.    The 3-move deck shall consist of all those ballots recognised as sound for crossboard use by the EDA.

45.    The ballot on each board shall be drawn randomly by the player handling Black in the first game.

46.    In a given round, a different 3-move ballot shall be played on each board.

47.    Score sheets shall be provided for both players, for both games, on every board.

48.    Each player shall be required to keep an accurate, legible record of every game he plays.

49.    At the conclusion of each session, both players shall hand the referee a signed copy of all four score sheets.

50.    Should it be found, at a later date, that an illegal move was made during the game, or that the board and pieces were set up incorrectly at the start of the game, the result shall stand.

51.    Players shall be strictly forbidden to do anything that might tend to annoy an opponent or distract his attention, such as making signs or sounds, or pointing or hovering over the board. The following are also considered undesirable:

i.     Feinting to play one move then playing another.

ii.    Writing down one move and playing another.

iii.   Regularly arriving late for games.

iv.   Offering draws throughout the game.

v.    Playing on in futile positions as a pure stalling tactic.

52.    Spectators shall not interfere with play or in any way annoy or distract the players. Furthermore, they shall not discuss the game of any pairing with the players in the interval between the first and second games.

53.    Smoking shall not be permitted in the playing room.

54.    Players shall not be allowed to walk away from the board during the game, other than to go to the toilet. In this instance, the clocks shall be kept running.

55.    Players shall not be allowed to refer to books, or written notes, or a computer, or a separate board for analysis at any time during the session. Neither shall players be allowed to make written notes during the session to aid their analysis.

56.    Players who have completed their games shall not be permitted to conduct a post-mortem at the board while other games are in progress.

57.    Quick draws. The practice of two players agreeing to a draw at an early stage in the game is entirely legal, but not to be encouraged. (In some instances, time constraints may dictate otherwise.)

58.    Ultimately, the referee and the tournament committee depend upon all entrants behaving in a spirit of true sportsmanship and co-operation for the tournament to run smoothly. Note... Entering the tournament is acceptance that the decisions taken by the referee and the tournament committee are made in good faith and binding and that the EDA shall not be subjected to any subsequent legal action in the event of a dispute.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 4: EDA Events

 

English Match Championship

1.     The match shall be played under the 3-move restriction.

2.     The title shall be contested biennially in even-numbered years.

3.     The challenger shall qualify by being the highest placed English player, disregarding the English Match Champion, in the preceding English Open Championship.

4.     The match shall consist of 16 games, all to be played and to count towards the final score. In the event of a tie, the champion shall retain his title.

5.     The time limit for moves shall be 28 moves in the first 60 minutes, 42 moves in the first 90 minutes, 56 moves in the first 120 minutes, etc.

6.     The EDA shall appoint a referee and grant him an honorarium.

 

English Open Championship

7.     The event shall be held biennially in odd-numbered years,

8.     The event shall be run in accordance with regulations given in Chapter 3.

 

English GAYP Championship

9.     The event shall be held every four years (2006, 2010 etc.)

10.   The method of running the tournament shall be left to the discretion of the organisers, who shall advertise the details well in advance in the official organ of the Association.

 

English Amateur Championship

11.   The English Amateur Championship shall be won by the winner of the “B” section of the English Open Championship, or if there is only one section then by the highest placed EDA member, provided that the player in either case has not previously won the trophy, nor represented Great Britain and Ireland versus USA, nor finished in the top three of a major (national) 3-move championship.

 

British Counties Championship

12.   The event shall be played under the 3-move restriction.

13.   The event shall be held annually.

14.   Each competing county shall be affiliated to the Association.

15.   The affiliation fee and entry fee shall be fixed at the preceding AGM. County secretaries shall send both fees to the Honorary Secretary by November 30th preceding the year of the tournament.

16.   The event shall be run as time and entries dictate at the discretion of the Executive Committee, though ordinarily the four rounds will take place in January, February, March and April.

17.   The draw for Rounds 1 and 2 shall be made at the December ECM.

18.   Each match shall be played at a venue and on a date agreed by the two county secretaries.

19.   Each team shall consist of a minimum of four players, ranked broadly in order of strength. Further boards may be contested subject to the agreement of the two captains. Each player shall contest two games against his opposite number.

20.   The maximum number of players permitted in a squad in a given year shall be 14, each county submitting a squad list at the time of entry. This list shall contain no more than three players not resident in that county, each team defining the area which its county encompasses. A team must consist of a majority of players resident in the defining area; players not resident in the defined area must form the minority.

21.   Residence, rather than membership of the EDA, shall be the basic qualification for representing a particular county.

22.   Only if a player resides in a county which does not have a team in the competition may he represent another county.

23.   No player may play for more than one county in a season.

24.   In the event of a drawn match, the teams shall split by a ‘board count’ and then, if required, by ‘bottom board elimination’.  A ‘board count’ for each team is obtained by multiplying the scores on each board by the board number, counting from the bottom. (Bottom board is 1, bottom but one is 2 etc.) The team with the higher board count  wins.

25.   A team which fails to field four players shall forfeit the games of the absent boards.

26.   The time limit for players shall meet the following time controls or lose the game on time: 30 moves in the first 60 minutes; 45 moves in the first 90 minutes; 60 moves in the first 120 minutes etc. At the end of the first time control, White shall reset both clocks by 30 minutes. He shall repeat this action at each subsequent time control. Note... A player has not completed his move until he has pressed his clock.

27.   The Association shall pay for the hire of the playing venue for the final and shall furnish the winning team with plaques.

 

English Ladies Match Championship

28.   The match shall be played under the 3-move restriction.

29.   The title shall be contested biennially in even-numbered years.

30.   The challenger shall qualify on the basis of approval by the Executive Committee.

31.   The match shall consist of 16 games, all to be played and to count towards the final score. In the event of a tie, the champion shall retain her title.

32.   The time limit for moves shall be 28 moves in the first 60 minutes, 42 moves in the first 90 minutes, 56 moves in the first 120 minutes etc.

33.   The EDA shall appoint a referee and grant him an honorarium.

 

British Open Postal Championship

34.   The event shall be played under the 3-move restriction.

35.   The event shall be held on an ongoing basis; when one event finishes, the next begins.

36.   The specific rules and regulations governing this event may vary and shall be drawn up in advance by the serving Postal Secretary, and published in the official organ of the Association. In the event of any dispute arising, the decision of the Postal Secretary shall be final.

 

English Open Postal Championship

37.   The event shall be played under the 3-move restriction.

38.   The event shall be held on an ongoing basis; when one event finishes, the next begins.

39.   The specific rules and regulations governing this event may vary and shall be drawn up in advance by the serving Postal Secretary, and published in the official organ of the Association. In the event of any dispute arising, the decision of the Postal Secretary shall be final.

 

Samuel Cohen Memorial Championship

40.   The event shall be a GAYP (Freestyle) event.

41.   The event shall be held annually.

42.   The venue and date for the event shall be fixed at the preceding AGM.

43.   The specific rules and regulations governing the event may vary and shall be left to the discretion of the organisers.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5: Other Events

 

British Open Championship

1.     The event shall be held biennially in even-numbered years.

2.     The event shall be held under the auspices of one of the home associations, with EDA responsibility in 2004 and every four years thereafter.

3.     The responsibility to be a collective decision of the home associations involved.

 

UK and Irish Match Championship and UK and Irish Ladies Match Championship

4.     The events shall be played under the 3-move restriction.

5.     The champion shall be called to defend the title biennially.

6.     English players shall usually qualify to challenge by winning the respective English Match Championship. Other players, who must be permanent residents of the UK or Ireland, shall qualify to challenge by getting the approval of their respective bodies.

7.     The match shall consist of twenty games, the champion retaining the title if the match is drawn.

8.     Time limits shall be agreed by the two principals in advance of the match.

9.     Precise regulations pertaining to this title should be agreed by the respective home associations.

 

Home International Championship

10.   The event shall be played under the 3-move restriction every four years (2008, 2012 etc.)

11.   Precise regulations pertaining to this title should be agreed by the respective home associations. However, the EDA has documented the following agreed procedures:

                      i.        Teams may enter from England, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

                      ii.       Teams normally consist of 10 players, but matches of 8 or 9 per side may be played without penalty.

                      iii.      The maximum size of a squad is 12 players.

                            iv.      Birth, residence, or selection without objection from opposing countries shall be the basic form of qualification for representing a particular country.

                                  v.       A player having represented a country in a previous event shall be eligible to represent that country                again.

                      vi.      The event should be a round robin with as many rotations as feasible during five days duration.

                      vii.     Ties shall be broken by considering games difference then most wins.

                      viii.    Individual matches to be decided on the aggregate scores of games played, with bottom board        elimination to break ties.

                      ix.      A team defaulting a match shall default that particular trophy.

                      x.       A team with fewer than eight players shall forfeit the missing boards.

                      xi.      Order of play is at the discretion of the captains with the proviso that players meet only once. The   captain of the losing side may have the option to retain his board order.

                      xii.     Time limits of 28 moves per hour etc.

                      xiii.    The referee and team captains shall resolve any disputes.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6: Miscellaneous Matters

 

Miscellaneous Matters

1.     Players who are blind or deaf or suffering from a physical disability, should contact the Honorary Secretary in advance if they wish to take part in an event and require special provisions to be made. Every effort will be made to enable them to participate.

2.     All players should familiarise themselves with the standard numbered board (1-32), given in virtually every book on the game, in order to accurately record competitive games. Players who find this difficult should come armed with appropriate diagrams to assist them.

3.     The Association shall, through the efforts of the Journal Editor, keep members informed of news and events by means of a quarterly publication.

 

Special rules for quick Play tournaments

4.     Each player has a set amount of time in which to play all his moves.

5.     If a player’s flag falls he loses the game.

6.     The referee may declare a game drawn if: (i) Player A has requested a decision; and (ii) Player A still has some time left at the time of his request; and (iii) Player A has offered Player B a draw which has been refused; and (iv) An ending has been reached where, in the opinion of the referee, Player B has no practical winning chances. Note... if the referee decides not to declare the game drawn, the clocks shall be restarted and the game continued.

 

Events Held Under the Auspices of the EDA

7.     Of the events given in Chapter 4, computers shall only be permitted to play in the following: (i) British Open Postal Championship; (ii) English Open Postal Championship; (iii) Samuel Cohen Memorial Championship. Note... This ruling applies irrespective of a program’s nominal membership of the EDA.

 

The EDA Rating System*

8.     The basic theory of the system is that the difference between the ratings of players is a guide to predicting the performance of those players. No rating, however, is a precise evaluation of a player’s strength.

9.     Subject to certain criteria, the Association shall award the Grandmaster Title for a rating of 2500 and above.

10.   The ratings list shall, subject to available expertise, be published annually and shall be based purely upon those games played in EDA rated events under the 3-move restriction.

 

 

*The World Checkers and Draughts Federation (WCDF) have a working committee to create an International rating list based upon ideas from the EDA, ACF and Irish organisations. This will supersede the regulations above.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 7: Resolutions

 

These are measures that have been agreed by General Meetings or ECMs and often have a time limitation.

 

1.       Membership Fees are £10 (Concessions £5, Europe € 20, Outside Europe $25.)

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