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Up Topic Correspondence Chess / WBCCC 2014 / WBCCC 2014 Tournament Rules- altered, see below.
- - By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2013-11-25 13:48
Initial thoughts on format will be:

1) Tournament will be single round robin, meaning every person will play each other once.
2) A players seed position will be determined by their order of entry. The earlier you enter, the higher your number. The first person to enter will receive number 1. The seed position determines which number a player is in the round robin.
3) Entries open December 1 2013
4) Entries close January 6 2014
5) Play begins January 13 2014
6) Each round will be paired at the start of the event, with the pairings for the entire year published at the start.
7) Each round will have a maximum of four games, most likely two games (just like 2011, 2012 and 2013). The number of games will always be kept to a bare minimum
8) There will be a maximum of six paired rounds.
9) The minimum time control will be 30 days plus 1 hour per move. If the number of games per round needs to increase from 2 to 3 or 4, the time control will be lengthened. For instance, if we have 21 players, so needing 4 games per round to keep the number of games even and use five rounds, instead of the six rounds in 2013.
9) Pairings for future rounds are subject to change due to withdrawal of players and unforeseen circumstances.
10) If a player withdraws, or their games time out without an explanation that is accepted by the arbiter, all their games will be removed from the event. In effect they are no longer a participant in the event and no effect on the final placings.
11) There will be an official entry form that all players will be required to fill out before their entry will be accepted. This is so in case of emergency the organisers have a method of contact outside of Rybka Forum. It will include also include a person other than yourself to contact. Whilst I understand this might seem unnecessary to some, I do hope that events from 2013 (death of Salvador Signes and our inability to get in contact with the family) do show the need for better communication methods.

12) Xfccplay- Xfccplay is the official software provided for WBCCC 2014. Xfccplay is provided for the free use for participants whilst in the event. A user name and password will be provided once registered. Also download instructions will be provided by private message and these must be followed to install the program. The program is provided by chessok and is not to be passed on to anyone and is provided for the sole use of playing in WBCCC. All moves, draw offers etc in WBCCC 2014 must be played on this software.

13) New entrants will be required to play a couple of test games on xfccplay before entries close so that the arbiter is certain that all players are familiar with the software and its features. The organisers do not want to see players withdrawing after the event has begun because they find that they are unfamiliar with the software and get upset because their clock is running. Entries are open from December 1 to January 6. That is over a month to become familiar with the software. The organisers will not accept entries from players who have not tested the software.
Parent - - By Scott (****) Date 2013-12-08 20:08
Are GM draws acceptable?
Parent - - By Schachmatt (****) [us] Date 2013-12-08 21:23
I think the players here play in 95% of the games, so it's not much a problem as 11 move draws are frowned upon.  XD
Parent - By Scott (****) Date 2013-12-08 21:37
I agree with you Matt, but it never hurts to know for sure.
Parent - - By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2013-12-08 23:28

> Are GM draws acceptable?


All efforts to ban short draws just create more issues than they solve and two players if they are determined not to play will just repeat moves for a three repeat move draw.

Example purposes only-----------------------

What some tournaments have done is created a Fighting Fund:

Policy on Short Draws

To be eligible for the 'Fighting Fund' prize, players must not have agreed to draws in under 30 moves during any round of the tournament. The aim of this rule is to encourage a competitive, fighting tournament, and we trust all players will adhere to this in a sportsmanlike manner. (NB This does not include claims of 'draws by repetition of position').

The winner will be the player with the highest numbers of moves average per game.

Btw, on the quiet, this has been part of why I have been trying to get some more knowledge of prizes earlier on, so I can announce the fighting fund before the event starts.
Parent - - By Scott (****) Date 2013-12-08 23:31
Thanks Garvin, I hereby am going to sponsor the "fighting fund" for $100 US dollars.
Parent - - By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2014-01-07 18:05

> Thanks Garvin, I hereby am going to sponsor the "fighting fund" for $100 US dollars.


Due to the number of games and tight schedule, decided it would be better to stay with the status quo and not have a fighting fund. I am sure we will see many fighting games anyways. Might be able to come up with a rule for 2015.

What do you wish to do with your offer of $100? Highest scoring new player? There are five new players if you include Sekos, who only played two games and then withdrew in 2011.
Parent - By Scott (****) Date 2014-01-07 19:22
Please add it to the general prize fund as my contribution.
Parent - - By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2014-01-02 09:08
1) Tournament will be single round robin, meaning every person will play each other once.
2) A players seed position will be determined by their order of entry. The earlier you enter, the higher your number. The first person to enter will receive number 1. The seed position determines which number a player is in the round robin.
3) Arbiter does reserve the right to alter the seed position of any player in an effort to avoid game forfeits.
4) Entries open December 1 2013 00:01 GMT
5) Entries close Monday January 6 2014 23:59 GMT, or when 25 entries have been received. Whichever is reached first.
6) Play begins Monday January 13 2014 0200 GMT
7) Each round will be paired at the start of the event, with the pairings for the entire year published at the start.
8) Each round will have a maximum of five games.
9) There will be a maximum of six paired rounds.
10) The minimum time control will be 30 days plus 1 hour per move. If the number of games per round needs to increase from 2 to a maximum of 5, the time control will be lengthened. For instance, if we have 25 players, so needing 5 games per round to keep the number of games even and use five rounds, instead of the six rounds in 2013.
11) Pairings for future rounds are subject to change due to withdrawal of players and unforeseen circumstances.
11) If a player withdraws, or their games time out without an explanation that is accepted by the arbiter, all their games will be removed from the event. In effect they are no longer a participant in the event and no effect on the final placings.
12) There will be an official entry form that all players will be required to fill out before their entry will be accepted. This is so in case of emergency the organisers have a method of contact outside of Rybka Forum. It will include also include a person other than yourself to contact. Whilst I understand this might seem unnecessary to some, I do hope that events from 2013 (death of Salvador Signes and our inability to get in contact with the family) do show the need for better communication methods.

13) Xfccplay- Xfccplay is the official software provided for WBCCC 2014. Xfccplay is provided for the free use for participants whilst in the event. A user name and password will be provided once registered. Also download instructions will be provided by private message and these must be followed to install the program. The program is provided by chessok and is not to be passed on to anyone and is provided for the sole use of playing in WBCCC. All moves, draw offers etc in WBCCC 2014 must be played on this software.

14) New entrants will be required to play a couple of test games on xfccplay before entries close so that the arbiter is certain that all players are familiar with the software and its features. The organisers do not want to see players withdrawing after the event has begun because they find that they are unfamiliar with the software and get upset because their clock is running. Entries are open from December 1 to January 6. That is over a month to become familiar with the software. The organisers will not accept entries from players who have not tested the software.

15) Maximum number of entries will be capped at 25. This is the maximum number that allows us to stay within the round robin structure. Anymore entries and the event has to revert back to individual swiss, which clearly the high majority of current entries would rather avoid.

Entries will close when 25 confirmed entries have been received as per meeting all the conditions above to the satisfaction of the arbiter, or the entry closing time of Monday 6th January 2014 23:59 GMT is reached.
Parent - - By Scott (****) Date 2014-01-02 16:13
Thanks Garvin, one less worry. You are already doing a great job getting this off the ground.
Parent - - By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2014-01-02 17:51

> Thanks Garvin, one less worry. You are already doing a great job getting this off the ground.


Thanks Scott. I am always wary though if you would be praising if you disagreed with my decision :razz:
Parent - By Scott (****) Date 2014-01-02 18:17
:grin:, yeah, but less flowery for sure...
- By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2014-01-02 09:14
Jitan has been informed of the change to the conditions.
- - By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2014-04-28 11:38
New rule:

For the new players to this event, to receive the $US250 for defeating Paul Watson, the player must also have completed the entire event. If the player is deemed by the arbiter to have withdrawn before the end of the event for any reason, then they will not receive the money.

Interpretation: This means that a person can not defeat Paul, withdraw from the event straight after, and then expect to receive the cash. They must complete the whole event.

Garvin Gray
WBCCC 2014 Arbiter
Parent - - By NATIONAL12 (Gold) [gb] Date 2014-04-28 23:43
Thanks Garvin for clarifying position,i attempt to attract more players into tournament but it goes without saying that they must complete tournament even if they beat me to collect the bread.

BTW guys its not cost me a dollar yet.Note the yet.:smile:
Parent - By Ozymandias (****) [es] Date 2014-04-29 08:00
Yes, you stirred the waters quite a bit with zero investment, kudos.
- By Garvin Gray (****) Date 2014-05-12 22:19
Re-posting the rules with their correct numbers:

1) Tournament will be single round robin, meaning every person will play each other once.
2) A players seed position will be determined by their order of entry. The earlier you enter, the higher your number. The first person to enter will receive number 1. The seed position determines which number a player is in the round robin.
3) Arbiter does reserve the right to alter the seed position of any player in an effort to avoid game forfeits.
4) Entries open December 1 2013 00:01 GMT
5) Entries close Monday January 6 2014 23:59 GMT, or when 25 entries have been received. Whichever is reached first.
6) Play begins Monday January 13 2014 0200 GMT
7) Each round will be paired at the start of the event, with the pairings for the entire year published at the start.
8) Each round will have a maximum of five games.
9) There will be a maximum of six paired rounds.
10) The minimum time control will be 30 days plus 1 hour per move. If the number of games per round needs to increase from 2 to a maximum of 5, the time control will be lengthened. For instance, if we have 25 players, so needing 5 games per round to keep the number of games even and use five rounds, instead of the six rounds in 2013.
11) Pairings for future rounds are subject to change due to withdrawal of players and unforeseen circumstances.
12) If a player withdraws, or their games time out without an explanation that is accepted by the arbiter, all their games will be removed from the event. In effect they are no longer a participant in the event and no effect on the final placings.
13) There will be an official entry form that all players will be required to fill out before their entry will be accepted. This is so in case of emergency the organisers have a method of contact outside of Rybka Forum. It will include also include a person other than yourself to contact. Whilst I understand this might seem unnecessary to some, I do hope that events from 2013 (death of Salvador Signes and our inability to get in contact with the family) do show the need for better communication methods.

14) Xfccplay- Xfccplay is the official software provided for WBCCC 2014. Xfccplay is provided for the free use for participants whilst in the event. A user name and password will be provided once registered. Also download instructions will be provided by private message and these must be followed to install the program. The program is provided by chessok and is not to be passed on to anyone and is provided for the sole use of playing in WBCCC. All moves, draw offers etc in WBCCC 2014 must be played on this software.

15) New entrants will be required to play a couple of test games on xfccplay before entries close so that the arbiter is certain that all players are familiar with the software and its features. The organisers do not want to see players withdrawing after the event has begun because they find that they are unfamiliar with the software and get upset because their clock is running. Entries are open from December 1 to January 6. That is over a month to become familiar with the software. The organisers will not accept entries from players who have not tested the software.

16) Maximum number of entries will be capped at 25. This is the maximum number that allows us to stay within the round robin structure. Anymore entries and the event has to revert back to individual swiss, which clearly the high majority of current entries would rather avoid.

Entries will close when 25 confirmed entries have been received as per meeting all the conditions above to the satisfaction of the arbiter, or the entry closing time of Monday 6th January 2014 23:59 GMT is reached.
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