UCL Rules


* Time Control is 5 + 0 for 55 minutes.

* No Berserks and no streak points.

* 8 man team to be used throughout the tournament. No new recruitments except in special cases in which concrete proof must be presented in accordance with the request of moderators.

* Participating players must be registered on keenchess.com

* Participating universities must submit the names of their individual players along with ther Lichess IDs.

* Using an unregistered Lichess ID to play to result in a one-match ban and a 5-game point deduction from the player.

* Sandbagging is discouraged and will lead to indefinite ban of suspected player if dectected.

* Only one Alumnus/Alumnae allowed per team (optional).

* A team captain must be appointed per team.

* All university teams to be created in this format; {Name of school UCL} i.e {Uniport UCL}

* Interested universities must assure permission to make use of school's badge/logo.

* Any University guilty of breaking team and participating requirements to be disqualified and banned from next UCL edition.

* Interested universities must assure permission to make use of school's badge/logo.

* Compensation of 2 Keens per player and discount on registration for next UCL edition to be issued to any team that is eliminated as a result of a cheating team.

* All captains are to submit their 5-man lineup; latest an hour before every match.

* In-game substitutions of players are not allowed.

* Failure to submit the lineup on time will result to deduction of 3 game points from the following match.

* to submit 5-man lineup at the start of the match to result in a forfeit for the opponent.

* Complete lineup of both teams expected to be in the arena by the start of the arena.

* A verified incomplete lineup will result to a match forfeit in favour of the opponent.

* A verified incomplete lineup is declared 15 minutes into the match.

* A team reserves the right to discontinue playing an arena match where a verified incomplete lineup is declared on the opponent.

* The point score line for a forfeited match is 25 - 0 in favour of the opponent.

* In the case of an incomplete lineup at the start of the match, the outstanding opposing player gets a bye.

* A bye will be given to the outstanding player 10 minutes into the arena.

* No player in the 5-man lineup is allowed to leave the match arena until 10 minutes to the end of the match. 3 game points deduction from the player and 1 match ban for the player for breaking this rule.

* Failure of an entire team to show up to a match will result to a forfeit in favour of the opponent and a ban from the next UCL edition.

* Having a player unnamed in the lineup participate by playing in an arena to attract a 10-game point deduction from that University in that match.

* Failure to show up to a match will result to a forfeit in favour of the opponent and a ban from the next UCL edition.

* Having more than 5 players participate in an arena to attract a 10 game point deduction from that University in that match.

* Repeated occurrence of using excessive players not named in the 5-man lineup to result in disqualification and ban from next edition.

* In battlefield stage, 3 match points for a win

* 1 match point for a draw

* No point for a loss.

* In the case of equal match points in the battlefield stage, game points are considered.

* In the case of equal match points and game points, head to head is considered.

* In the case of a drawn head to head, an Armageddon match is held.

* In the case of a sudden death drawn match, a tie-breaking 2 + 0 arena for 20 minutes is created by arbiter by 10 minutes after drawn match.

* Armageddon pairing is determined by players inversely facing off against their last tiebreak opponent. If Mr A played as white against Mr B in the last game of the drawn tiebreak arena, Mr B would play as white against Mr A in the Armageddon match.

* Armageddon time control is 5 minutes for white to 4 minutes for black.

* All Armageddon games to be played immediately after drawn tiebreak.

* Scornful and belittling comments are disallowed on either KeenChess private forum or LiChess match arena for KeenChess UCL tournament. KeenChess values respect and urges all players to make their points in a civilized manner with respect to the Royalty Game.

* Warning on first notice and sanction by 5-game point deduction on second notice to be issued to a player guilty of breaking rules of respect. Removal from platform and lone disqualification from tournament on third notice.

* All matches to be played on Lichess.org