The club enters various national and local team tournaments and pays all entry fees for these so there is no additional cost to the players who take part.
We currently run 5 teams in the Edinburgh and Lothians Leagues - 4 adult teams and 1 junior team. The latter have grown out of the Junior Training nights which for some years we ran in association with Chess Edinburgh - the body in charge of the Leagues.
Matches are played over 6 boards and we usually have a pool of around
8 or 9 players per team. In the higher divisions the usual time control
34 moves in an hour and 25 minutes followed by a 20 minutes quick-play finish. Some of the lower division teams play to a faster time control.
The 1st team and 2nd team play in the Premier Division and the former are the reigning champions.
The 3rd team play in the 2nd Division.
Tiger Cubs play in the 3rd Division . They have special dispensation from the League to play all their matches at home.
Played in a central venue (usually Grangemouth) on Sundays, the National League is for teams of four players. We last won this in 2002-03 but are generally around the first three places. More than one team can be entered if there is sufficient interest, and we ran a 2nd team last year.
Traditionally the premier team tournament in Scotland, it was established in 1899. For many years Edinburgh and the old Glasgow Chess Club made it a two horse race - Glasgow winning it 33 times and Edinburgh 23, but later the axis of power changed and it is some years since we were last in contention to win it, although we were more successful in 2002-03 in getting to the semi-final. It is played over 8 boards with a long time control of 40 moves in 2 hours and a half hour quickplay.
The Edinburgh Leagues run two Allegro Leagues for teams of four players which take place at the Original Roslin Inn in the village of Roslin on the outskirts of the city. This year we are running 3 teams in this event.