Chess clubs within a radius of 20 miles of Queen Square, Wolverhampton are eligible for entry into the WDCL.
The Winter league was founded in 1945 and the Summer was founded in 1977.
The Winter league season runs from September to late March or sometimes early April depending on matches pending due to postponement. The league consists of and is organised into 3 divisions. There will be a 4rth division from 2006/7 however.
Divisions 1 and 2 have 6 boards per team, Division 3 has 5 boards per team. There are no grading limits for the Winter league. The Summer league however does have grading restrictions for divisions 2 and 3: Division 1 no grading limit for players, Division 2 maximum 135 grade and Division 3 maximum grade 110.
Opposing teams play each other at their home venue and away during the season. Roughly half the fixtures for each team are at home, the remainder away. Upon completion of the season, the two teams which have scored the most points, i.e. the top two teams in each division are promoted, the bottom two teams are relegated.
Some Rules Of Play
Home teams, black on odd numbered boards for both leagues.
Wolverhampton Summer League:
WDCL Winter League: Divisions 1 and 2
- 60 mins first 30 moves then upon conclusion of black's 30th move clocks 15 mins added to each clock for blitz finish.
WDCL Winter League: Division 3 and 4
- Comprise of 7 and 6 teams respectively
- 30 moves first 65 mins. Upon black's 30th move, 15 mins added for a blitz finish.
- Div 3 teams play 12 matches.
- Div 4 teams play 10 matches. .