Basic ladder rules are simple. You challenge someone; you play a three game match; and if the lower ranked player wins, the players switch ladder positions. Now, to the details:
- You may challenge anyone up to three spots above you on the ladder.
[This number may change due to how many people are on the ladder at any one time.]
- The lower ranked player gets white in the first game, then players alternate colors. If the match is decided in two games, the third game need not be played.
- You may decline the challenge under the following conditions:
- You played the person in your last ladder match.
- You have already played a match in the past week.
- If the challenger is too far below you on the ladder - more than 3 steps.
- You have already accepted a challenge and are waiting to play that match, or are in the middle of a challenge.
- After a ladder game is played, at least one of the players must play a ladder game against someone else before they are allowed to play each other again.
- However, if you do decline a challenge under Condition B, you must accept no challenges for the rest of that week, nor challenge anyone else for the rest of that week.
- New players start at the bottom of the ladder.
Reti challenged Bogoljubov and won. He reports the win by posting:
Reti 2, Bogo 1.
- How to Report Results:
- If the higher person wins or draws the three game match, there is no change.
- If the higher person loses, the players switch spots on the ladder.
- Report the result immediately by making a Facebook group post in the Ladder Announcement at the top of the page. Then copy and paste the ladder into your post showing the resulting new ladder. Ladder Link
- This is a manual "Do It Yourself" reporting system. We may move to an automated system if we get too many players for this.
- For ladder matches, touch move is in effect. If you touch a piece and it can legally move, you must move it.
- The default time control is Game in 15 minutes, with a 10 second increment each move.
- Game may be played at the club or online.
- You must play at least once every two weeks to maintain your position on the ladder; if you are inactive for longer (without cause) you may be demoted.
- Players may declare themselves temporarily inactive. They will be deleted from the ladder during their absense, but can return at the same level.
- Bill Orton is the Ladder Coordinator. Ask him questions, send him suggestions, and lodge any complaints to him. firstname.lastname@example.org