You can get on the ladder by playing a game and submitting the result in writing to me. I need to know white, black, result, date, time for each game played. The winner goes on step above the loser. All games are graded, so the winner should submit the result even if there is no change on the ladder.
For your first ladder game you may challenge anyone already on the ladder or you may submit a game between two players who are not already on the ladder. Thereafter you can only challenge anyone higher than you on the ladder.
Sadly the player on the top rung cannot challenge anyone.
All games must be played with 1 hour on the clock, with the clock put back 20 minutes after 30 moves are played.