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Chess tournament introduction

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Saru

We're kicking off the new year by bringing back one of our most popular forum events from the past - the official Unexplained Mysteries chess tournament - this will be the fifth season overall and the first to be held since 2009.

For the tournament, we are once again using the popular online correspondence chess site RedHotPawn.com which is free to join and makes it possible to play matches without having to be online at the same time as your opponent. You can play either from your browser or via your mobile phone and it is possible to have several matches going at the same time.

For the tournament, Joc will be organising matchmaking and keeping score throughout - a big thank you to him for his help.

Structure and scoring

If we get enough signups, the tournament will typically be divided in to three rounds. 

For round one, participants are organized in to groups of 5. Each player in each group plays against every other player in their group twice (once as white, once as black). The scoring is 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

For round two, the top 3 scoring players from each group, are put in to a pool and randomized again in to groups of 3. The top scoring players from round 1 are each placed in a different group for round 2. Each player will again play each other player within their own group twice with the same scoring system.

For round three, the top scoring players from each group in round two will be put through in to a final group. They will then play each other again twice - with the winner being the player with the highest score at the end.

Note that if there are too few signups, we may simply have a single group rather than a round-based elimination system, so we'll have to see how things go.

Who can take part ?

Absolutely anyone who is a registered forum member. 

If you'd like to participate you can register your interest - here.

Please note however that you must be available to play over the next few months. Although the games won't necessarily take up a large amount of time in of themselves, there must be a reasonable expectation that you will be available throughout the tournament, so if you disappear for weeks and are holding things up then your spot may be given to someone else.

Other than that - thank you in advance to everyone taking part, good luck and have fun. :tu:

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third_eye

Will there be a Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament anytime soon Bossman ?

~ :D

 

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Saru
2 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Will there be a Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament anytime soon Bossman ?

~ :D

No plans for that at the moment but never say never.

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third_eye
Just now, Saru said:

No plans for that at the moment but never say never.

Just tugging at ya whiskers there Bossman, Happy New Years, I'm no poker face and I'll be funnier than bad at it  ,,, :yes:

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Saru
3 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Just tugging at ya whiskers there Bossman, Happy New Years, I'm no poker face and I'll be funnier than bad at it  ,,, :yes:

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It is something that has been asked for in the past, so it's not such a silly idea. ;)

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spartan max2

How strict is the time schedule for the tournament , I am thinking about participating but am worried it will be at times I can't do.

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freetoroam

Played chess years ago, but draughts was my thing.

If you get Taun to control the rules i might sign up. 

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Daughter of the Nine Moons
46 minutes ago, Saru said:

For the tournament, Joc will be organising matchmaking and keeping score throughout - a big thank you to him for his help.

Thank you @joc  !

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Earl.Of.Trumps

this sounds tres cool to me. third_eye and freetoroam,, come on  in!

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freetoroam
4 minutes ago, Earl.Of.Trumps said:

this sounds tres cool to me. third_eye and freetoroam,, come on  in!

You just want someone to beat. :P

May have to brush up on it. 

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Saru
24 minutes ago, spartan max2 said:

How strict is the time schedule for the tournament , I am thinking about participating but am worried it will be at times I can't do.

For individual matches, we use a timeout of 1 day with a 7 day time bank. This means that if you don't move for 24 hours, the time bank will begin to tick down. When a move is made, the clock stops and the 1 day buffer is reset. If the 7 day time bank is expired, the match is forfeit.

For the tournament overall however, there's no specific schedule for playing your matches. Most likely each round will take several weeks to complete because we'll need to wait for everyone to play their matches.

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Earl.Of.Trumps
57 minutes ago, freetoroam said:

You just want someone to beat. :P

May have to brush up on it. 

LOL, well, I have no idea how good you are, I mentioned you and third_eye because I know you both and enjoy both your posts.

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third_eye
1 hour ago, Earl.Of.Trumps said:

LOL, well, I have no idea how good you are, I mentioned you and third_eye because I know you both and enjoy both your posts.

Just imagine you, me and FTR at the poker table ... we'd have her naked in ... errrrr ... let's adjourn to the basement shall we ...

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Earl.Of.Trumps
1 hour ago, third_eye said:

Just imagine you, me and FTR at the poker table ... we'd have her naked in ... errrrr ... let's adjourn to the basement shall we ...

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LOL  Speak for yourself, my man, we could get into trouble here. good thing she has sense of humor :rolleyes:

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RoofGardener

Armiger to Kings Blood Ten !!

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Earl.Of.Trumps
5 hours ago, Saru said:

For individual matches, we use a timeout of 1 day with a 7 day time bank. This means that if you don't move for 24 hours, the time bank will begin to tick down. When a move is made, the clock stops and the 1 day buffer is reset. If the 7 day time bank is expired, the match is forfeit.

For the tournament overall however, there's no specific schedule for playing your matches. Most likely each round will take several weeks to complete because we'll need to wait for everyone to play their matches.

Saru, are we allowed opening line lookups?

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Saru
39 minutes ago, Earl.Of.Trumps said:

Saru, are we allowed opening line lookups?

All the moves should be your own - no looking up moves, following guides, using chess engines or anything like that.

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joc

And may I add that...there is an analysis board on RedHotPawn.com    so...you can ponder your moves in advance...just saying...

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Tiggs
5 hours ago, RoofGardener said:

Armiger to Kings Blood Ten !!

I believe you just sank my battleship?

Also -- many thanks to Joc, for volunteering.

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AtlantisRises

Anyone wanting a pre-tournament warmup game can hit me up. AtlantisRises1 at RHP.

 

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