(a) Each team is to be made up of 4 players to represent a club whose home venue is in Wales.
(b) A player may play for only one team in each section.
(c) All players must be registered with the WCU. If the club is a member of a Welsh zonal league, players must be registered with that zone.
3. Eligibility/Board Order
(a) The grade for each section is as follows:-
Open No limit
U1800 1799 or below
U1500 1499 or bellow
(b) The player’s grade is as published by the WCU in July 2008 for the duration of the competition.
(c) Any player not satisfying (b) and playing in the U1800 or U1500 events must have written clearance prior to playing from the WCU grading officer who will give a player an estimated grade. Such clearance and the grade allocated will remain valid for the remainder of the event.
(d) A player must have played in at least 2 matches for the club in a Welsh graded competition event in the 12 months prior to playing in any Welsh KO Cup competition.
(e) In setting board order, captains can use their discretion within a maximum of 80 points, but there must be evidence (e.g. from the January grading list, or zonal live rating lists) of good or poor recent form if captains are to play out of grading order where the published 2008 grades differ by more than 40 points.
4. Substituted Players
If a nominated player has not appeared after the start of the match, then a substitute player may be fielded. This will be allowed up to 30 minutes into the match and the substituted player will be subject to the Eligibility/Board Order rules or otherwise with the consent of the opposing captain.
5. Colour on Boards
The teams will toss a coin at the venue and the winner will play white on Boards 1 and 3, and black on Boards 2 and 4.
6. Length of Play
(a) The time limit for matches played on week days is 35 moves in 75 minutes plus an extra 15 minutes play to finish.
(b) The time limit for matches played on weekends and for the Finals is 36 moves in 90 minutes plus an extra 30 minutes play to a finish.
Any other time limits can be agreed upon for matches other than the Final, as long as it is a minimum of 3 hours and both captains agree.
7. Match Result
(a) In the case of a 2-2 draw between the teams the winner will be decided by the Bottom Board Elimination (BBE) method.
(b) If all four boards are drawn the winner will be the team that lost the original coin toss for board colour (ie the team that had black on Board 1).
8. Unfinished Matches
In the event of an unfinished match (eg severe bad weather) if 35 moves or more have been played then the individual games will be adjudicated. If fewer than 35 moves have been played, then the match will be re-played at a later date with the venue reversed (ie away team now plays at home).
9. Match Results
(a) Match results must be sent by first class post or email to the Home Director within 5 days of the match.
(b) If only one team sends a result then they will be awarded the match.
(c) If neither team sends a result then both teams will be eliminated from the competition.
(a) When sending out the draw for each round, the director will set a date for each round by which all matches must be completed.
(b) The Home team must offer a minimum of 3 dates within the limit stipulated by the Director. For teams whose home venues are over 40 miles apart, 2 of these must be on a weekend.
11. Date for the Final
The Final will be held on a Saturday in late June or early July. The date and venue will be published before Easter and available on the WCU website. Captains may apply to the Home Director for special dispensation to rearrange the match. Holidays arranged after the date has been published will not be classed as a reasonable grounds for rearranging the Final !
Where away teams are more than 40 miles apart the away team can insist on a half-way venue but the away team must arrange the venue; provide boards, sets, and clocks; and meet all the costs of the venue.
A random draw will be made by the Home Director for each round in the presence of another board member or a Welsh qualified arbiter.
14. Plate and Cup
(a) In the event that the number of teams entered is not in sequence A – 2, 4, 8, 16 etc, then a preliminary round (PR) will be played.
(b) The previous year’s winner will not be included in the PR and all the others will be drawn at random. The number of matches in the PR will be the number of teams entering the section less the highest available number in sequence A. (eg if 13 teams enter there will be 13-8=5 matches involving 10 teams - in the preliminary round.)
(c) (i) Winners in the PR proceed to round 1, losers will be entered in the plate competition.
(ii) Losers in Round 1 will be entered in the plate competition.
(d) Teams defaulting in the PR or in Round 1 will not be entered in the plate competition.
(a) Any team which fields an ineligible player will lose the match. If this occurs in either Round 1 or the PR, the team will remain eligible to play in the Plate competition.
(b) Any team which uses an inappropriate board order will have games scored 1-0 to the opponents from the highest board where the indiscretion occurred, down to board 4. Games will be rated normally.
The fee for entering a team will be ?8 per team. Clubs entering more than 4 teams will be offered one free entry.
The competition will be run by the Home Director and any situations not covered by the rules will be determined by the Home Director’s discretionary decisions.
Appeals against the Home Director’s decisions will be referred to the Chief Arbiter of the WCU, or his nominee.