Desert Chess Club

Ladder Board Leader

DCC Ladder Board

1. Gor Chailyan     (Oct '21)
2. Sal Flores     (Jan '20)
3. Bill Strong     (Jan '20)
4. Nick Matelli     (Jan '22)
5. Glenn Rich     (Jun '21)
6. Dondi Raval     (May '22)
7. Greg Robbins     (Apr '22)
8. Mark Keller     (Jun '22)
9. Kevin Garcia G.     (Jan '22)
10. Michael Daniels     (Jun '22)
*Date = Continuous time on ladder


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The number one spot on the DCC ladder board is the strongest chess player in the Coachella Valley and regarded as one of the top players in California. Do you want your name and photo at the top spot? Visit the club and give it a shot. All ages and levels are welcome.

Ladder rules:
Last Update: April 5, 2022

1. Chess ladder participation is for DCC members only. (Join DCC Online Now)

2. A challenge is made by sending an email to specifying your name and who is being challenged.

3. USCF rules are in effect for ladder matches.

4. Matches are standard G60 timed games (60 minutes per player) unless both players agree otherwise. A clock is required.

5. The challenger elects to play white or black pieces.

6. A ladder member may challenge any ladder position one, two, or three spots above their current position. For example, ladder position number seven may challenge either position six, five, or four. An unranked player may challenge position number ten, nine, or eight.

7. The challenger, upon a win, shall take the higher ranked player's position, and the higher ranked player and all positions below shall move down by one position. Ladder positions are not changed if the match results in a draw or the challenger loses. The winner of the match must email DCC within 24 hours with the date of match, time the game was completed, along with player names. Only email reporting is accepted to maintain accurate record keeping. Repeated unreported wins may result in removal from the ladder board.

8. Matches must be played within 10 days of email challenge notification to the participants. Challenge matches may be played at any non-club location on mutual consent of the participants. However, the match must be played at a scheduled club meeting within the 10-day period if a location cannot be agreed upon. The challenger may send a joint email to both their opponent and DCC indicating their intention to win by default if the challenged player is unable or unwilling to play within the 10-day period. Email notifications must be sent within 24 hours of the default. Unreported defaults result in no change in ladder board positions. Repeated defaults by any player may result in removal from the ladder board.

9. After a ladder game is played, at least one of the players involved must play a ladder match against someone else prior to playing each other again, or seven days has elapsed since that initial game, unless the challenged player agrees otherwise.

10. A DCC Director may initiate an instant challenge between any two ladder board members that are present at any club meeting, but otherwise pursuant to the rules herein.

11. To maintain a ladder board position, members must play at least one ladder match per month and attend at least one chess club meeting per month. Otherwise, rankings may fall.

12. The ruling of a DCC Director shall apply if disputes arise.

These rules are subject to change without notice.

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