Fishers of Men
The Christian website of Fishers of Men chess teams.
Affiliated with the Internet Chess Club (ICC) and
submitting teams in ICC's Team4545League tournaments.
Playing chess for...
fun and fellowship and with a team spirit.
Team4545League Chess Summary:
Four to six players band together as a team, and compete in divisions of teams in one of six ratings sections. U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 & U1200. One round is played per week, for six weeks, from Tuesday to the following Tuesday. Before each round each captain decides which four players will play that week against players from the opposing team.
Paired players use a message board at the League's "Game Forum" to discuss & schedule the day and time to play their game. The game is played with a time control of 45 minutes + 45 second increments, ICC standard rated, with assigned colors.
Games are typically played in 1.5 to 2.5 hours, but best to allow up to 3 hours.
After the round, the team with the most wins (Game Points) wins the round, and earns a Match Point. After six rounds of regulation play, the team with the most Match Points in each division advances to the playoffs (1 to 3 more rounds) to determine the Sectional Champions. Champions earn two-month membership extensions donated by ICC, and runner-ups earn one-month. To join, follow the steps in: Quick Guide.
Iota - Iesous - Jesus
Chi - Christos - Christ
Theta - Theou - God's
Upsilon - Yios - Son
Sigma - Soter - Saviour
<>< Before the conversion of the Roman Emperor,
Constantine the Great (reigned A.D. 306-337) to Christianity in A.D. 312, the persecuted Christians (Christ-ones) used the sign of the fish to identify themselves as followers of Jesus.
*Constantine, whose army was significantly out numbered by his enemy, "Upon seeing a vision of the Cross in the sky on the eve of the battle of Milvian Bridge just outside Rome, (October 27, A.D. 312) decided to fight under the banner of Christ & won the battle." Thenceforth the sign of the Cross became the sacrosanct symbol of Christendom.
But notice how past and present Bishops' formal headdress "the mitre" is in the shape of an open mouthed fish, as is the Bishop on the chess board.
*Source: Halley's Bible Handbook.