Classical (G60+15) 2 in 1 Snake Ladder Tournament

New entrants can join at any time and will be added at the foot of the ladder. (Club members only.)

Availability to play in the next round must be declared to the Tournament Secretary by 7:30 pm on Monday: provide your playing option for Week 2 (Tuesday 4 May): “similar” opponent or “any” opponent (with “[number] of rungs to climb”) or “unavailable”.

Starting Ladder

1. 1919 Ian Hunnable  
2. 1701 David Smith  
3. 1682 Michael Wilson  
4. 1580 Peter Nickals  
5. 1563 Matthias Lataille  
6. 1553 Jay Sharman  
7. 1491 Emmet Clarke  
8. 1364 John Jestico  
9. 1390 Nigel White  
10. 1238 Tu Senan  
11. 1294 Laurence Duffy (new entry)  

Ladder after Round 3

Rung Player Move Detail
1. 1682 Michael Wilson ⇑ 2 Draw + Black bonus
2. 1919 Ian Hunnable ⇓ 1 Snaked
3. 1701 David Smith ⇓ 1 Snaked
4. 1563 Matthias Lataille = Win
5. 1553 Jay Sharman ⇑ 1 Draw
6. 1580 Peter Nickals ⇓ 1 Snaked
7. 1238 Tu Senan = Loss + Black bonus
8. 1491 Emmet Clarke ⇑ 2 Win + Black bonus
9. 1364 John Jestico ⇓ 1 Loss
10. 1294 Laurence Duffy ⇓ 1 Win
11. 1390 Nigel White = Loss + Black bonus

Arena Leader Board after Round 3

1 06 Tu Senan  
  06 Michael Wilson  
3 05 Ian Hunnable  
  05 Matthias Lataille  
5 04 Laurence Duffy  
  04 Jay Sharman  
  04 David Smith  
8 03 Emmet Clarke  
9 02 John Jestico  
  02 Peter Nickals  
11 01 Nigel White  

Adjusted arena scores and ladder movers

White Result Scores Black
Jay Sharman Draw 1-2 Michael Wilson
Matthias Lattaille White win 2-2 Tu Senan
John Jestico Black win 0-3 Emmet Clarke
Laurence Duffy White win 2-1 Nigel White

Snake sliders by 1: Ian Hunnable, David Smith, Peter Nickals

Arena Scoring

White win:   2 – 1  Black loss

White Draw 1 – 2  Black Draw

White loss   0 – 3  Black win

If your opponent is 150 or more rating points above you, add 1 to your score.

Ladder Scoring

To advance up the ladder you need to beat a player above you in the ladder and you then take the rung of your opponent, pushing those overtaken down 1.

A night off sees a one rung snake slip for every consecutive night off.

Snake Ladder Games

Links: Player List on ECF LMS | Rounds link on ECF LMS


With three Road Map Stage 2 Tuesdays to go before our eagerly awaited possible return to Wanstead House, Tournament Secretary, Mark Murrell, has devised a new flexible tournament combining an online arena and a traditional ladder but with a snakes twist.
The aim is to continue to hold regular club activity on a Tuesday evening and offer online chess at slower time controls, which have proved to be the most popular of our online events.

The following are the intended competition nights at 7:30pm but entrants can choose on which dates to play:

Short version: Tuesdays 27 April, 4 and 11 May.

And if supported,

Extended version: adding Thursdays 20 and 27 May, 3, 10 and 17 June.
The extended version will provide online chess for those who may not be comfortable with or unable to participate in the socially distanced two-boarded chess that is permissible during the current 5 weeks of Stage 3 of the Road Map and those who wish to supplement their regular Tuesday over-the-board chess.

Competition details

  • Played on by individual challenges according to LMS pairing cards;
  • Played at 7:30pm on online Tuesday club nights until 11 May and thereafter, if extended, in the vacated online Thursday night match slots;
  • The first tournament will end no later than 17 June 2021;
  • All moves in 60 minutes plus 15 second increments (G60+15);
  • ECF online standard rated (ECF fair play rules and the Club’s Online policy apply);
  • Aim is to top the ladder (or section of it) or gain the most points or both by the end date;
  • Initial ladder populated in descending order of rating (ECF online standard, ECF standard, Controller estimate); late entrants join on the lowest rung;
  • Pairings by “many hats” aiming to maximise opportunities to climb, follow player opponent level choice for the round, different opponents where possible, avoiding rematches in close proximity and colour balancing; published at the start of play;
  • Each round state preference for a similar rated opponent (Arena pairing) or any opponent (Ladder paring) or unavailable (night off, at the expense of a snake slide);
  • To avoid blockages, a night off will entail a snake slide of one rung increasing by a further rung for each consecutive night off (e.g. 1st night off one rung slide, a night off the following week will see a slide of another two rungs, a third consecutive night off will see a slide of another three rungs);
  • Under the “any” option state the number of rungs you want to try to climb that week;
  • A win against an opponent higher up the ladder raises you to their rung and your opponent and those in between drop a rung;
  • 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss;
  • 1 bonus point added if the game was played with the black pieces;
  • 1 further bonus point added for a game played against a stronger rated opponent by 150 rating points (this may be varied once entries are closed) or more and the “any” option was selected;
  • Play as little or as much as you like; availability to play must be declared by 7:30pm the day before (the more games you play the more points you accrue just like an arena);
  • Starting entries close at 7:30pm on Monday 26 April; late entries may join no later than 7:30pm on the day before the next round.

Members who would like to participate in the tournament, please register your entry with me by notifying Mark Murrell asap – by email, or via the Contact Form on the main menu (select Tournament Secretary) – stating Short or Extended and provide your playing option for Week 2 (Tuesday 4 May): similar opponent or any opponent (with number of rungs to climb) or unavailable.

Short or Extended will enable Mark to gauge interest in the tournament and set an end date for the first run of the tournament, which will not be later than the 17 June. Remember, it’s a flexible format so you do not have to play every week.

Links: Player List on ECF LMS | Rounds link on ECF LMS