The format will be 3 days per move, random colors with a standard starting position.

Only one ladder game is played to determine the winner.

Your 1st challenge is "free" i.e. you can challenge anyone providing they are not already playing someone.

Thereafter you may challenge anybody up to 4 unchallenged places above you (not counting people on Vacation or people already playing a challenge game, i.e. with an X next to them).

Name your game "Ladder Challenge" or something similar, so your opponent knows it is for the ladder (if you cannot change the default name, send a message that it is Ladder challenge).

Always post your challenge in the Forum

If the higher position on the ladder wins or the game ends in a draw, no change in positions.

If the lower one wins, they take over the higher spot and everybody in-between moves down 1 position.

You have to accept all challenges within 5 days except if:

If you don't accept a ladder challenge within 5 days, your challenger assumes the position above you on the ladder.

The positions are regularly updated on our website

A "C" next to your name means you have issued a challenge or have been challenged.

An "X" next to your name is to show you are busy playing a ladder game

You cannot challenge someone who has an X or C or V next to their name.


Everyone can take a vacation (up to 1 month per year).

A "V" next to your name shows you are on vacation.

If you are on vacation, you cannot be challenged.


You should not take a vacation during the game.

In case of unforeseen situations, you can take up to 3 days of vacation per game.

If you take more than 3 days of vacation, your game may be forfeited,

If you take a vacation more than 6 times, your game may be forfeited. .

The decision about forfeiting a game is at the discretion of the admin.


If you want to join the ladder, post a request in the forum

You have to play at least one game in the first month since joining the ladder.


If you want to leave the ladder, post a request in Ladder Forum

You may be removed from the Ladder if:


Though the format should be 3 days per move, shorter or longer (up to 5 days) formats are permissible (both players should agree). If you are challenged and prefer a different format or unrated game, you should ask the challenger to issue new challenge.

If you want to challenge someone, but for some reason are unable to do so (e.g. the person is not accepting challenges from higher/lower-rated players), then you should send a message asking for a challenge. Then this person should:

If it happens that you have forgotten to post your challenge in the forum and someone challenges you to a ladder game, you should post your first challenge and ignore the second challenge

Link to our Online Teams

To be accepted into the team, you need to have registered as a HCC Member

Once you are accepted in the team, please remember to post your challenges in the correct forum below

Updated 2021-01-25