Rules for the Lavers Ladder

The Lavers Ladder is a popular competition that offers members not having a pre-arranged match on a particular club night the opportunity to play some rapidplay games against other club members.

The competition is open to all St Albans Chess Club members.  It will be assumed that all members would like to take part, but if not, please let the Moderator know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rules

1.     

The tournament will be run over 8 months, from October to the end of May – with the then top 4 playing semis and a final on the first club night in June.

2.

The ladder will start with the lowest graded player at the top, and the highest graded on the bottom rung.

3.

You can challenge any of the four players immediately above you on the ladder.

4.

Each player will have 15 minutes to complete their moves.

5.

The challenger always has the white pieces, but must win in order to climb the Ladder.

6.

If the challenger wins, he moves her card above that of the opponent's, and any of those in between.

7.

If the challenger loses, or only draws, the cards are not moved.

8.

All results must be recorded in the book provided.

9.

The results will be checked and recorded on a data file, and the ladder updated every week.

10.

You will be permitted a maximum of three challenges per week.

11.

 If anyone fails to play at least one game in any calendar month, they will be moved five rungs down the ladder.

12.

Failure to play any game in two consecutive months will result in being moved ten rungs down.

13.

The winner of the tournament will be presented with, and hold for one year, the Lavers Ladder Trophy.

14.

The games will not be graded.

15.

Any disputes should be referred to the moderator at:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 The Small Print

1.

The Moderator will attempt to update and email out the revised ladder by every Wednesday.

2.

You may then telephone any of the 4 above you to make a challenge to play on, or before, the following Monday.

2(a)

You are permitted to play your first challenge prior to Monday evening, but, you must notify the moderator in advance of the game, and of the result, before your next challenge.

3.

Unless you have a reasonable excuse not to do so, you must accept the challenge.

4.

If you feel that the person you challenge has rejected your request without good reason, or agrees to play, but then fails to turn up without notice, report them to the "ladder moderator".

4A.

In such circumstances, the Moderator will ask for explanations from those involved, and may penalize the offender by as many as four rungs.

5.

Once you have arranged or agreed a game, you cannot accept a challenge, or make one of your own, until your first game has finished.

6.

As soon as your game is finished you must update the ladder, and the results book.

7.

It is good etiquette for the winner of the game (or higher-placed if drawn) to issue a challenge before the loser.

8.

If you were the one being challenged, once your result has been recorded, you have the right to make your own challenge before being compelled to accept another one yourself.

9.

You can play a maximum of three times in any one Club evening.

10.

You cannot play a Ladder game against the same person twice in the same evening.

11.

Only the names of those that confirmed that they do not wish to be involved in this tournament have been excluded from the ladder. If any others do not wish to participate, please let me know asap at :- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

12.

Don't panic if none of the 4 people ahead of you on the ladder are available to play,  you've got 8 months to get to the top rung !

13.

Try not to take it all too seriously! It's a fun social competition!

14.

The Moderator may add, delete, or give a little tweak to the rules, if anyone comes up with a good idea, or, as and when he feels fit to do so.