CSC Online August Series
August 3–7, 2020 — 3:30 pm until about 5:00 pm
This event will be played on www.chess.com. USCF ratings will NOT be affected.
Monday, Aug 3: Arena Tournament, 90 minutes, G10/+2 (Rapid rating)
In an Arena tournament, all players are in the same section, and there is no fixed number of rounds. Everyone entered is paired for the first round at the scheduled starting time. After players complete a game, there is a “Next Game” button to click on to indicate that they are ready to start a new game (which means that players can take a break between games if they choose to). Then, according to Chess.com, “You’ll be paired with people as close to your rating as possible while still giving you games as quickly as possible.” With this time control everyone who starts play at 3:30 should be able to complete four games within 90 minutes; however, players may play more than four games depending on how quickly their games end. Players may join the tournament late and still play as many games as they can manage, and players may withdraw at any time. Anyone completing four games scores two points toward a trophy regardless of the results of their games; anyone completing two or three games scores 1 point.
Tuesday, Aug 4: 4-round Swiss in two sections* G10/+2 (Rapid)
Wednesday, Aug 5: 4-round Swiss in three sections* G10/+2 (Rapid)
Thursday, Aug 6: 4-round Swiss in four sections* G10/+2 (Rapid)
Friday, Aug 7: 4-round Swiss in five sections* G10/+2 (Rapid)
*Section breaks and eligibility will be based on players’ chess.com ratings as of the end of the preceding August Series tournament. Playing up is permitted. Losing games on purpose to qualify for a lower section (sandbagging) is NOT permitted.
Entry for the CSC Online August Series is now closed.
Players can win trophies in two ways:
(1) Points accumulated during the Series: A perfect score is 18 points. 15 points wins Platinum, 13.5 points wins Gold, 12.0 points wins Silver, and 10.5 points wins Bronze. In Monday’s Arena anyone who plays two games will score 1 point, and anyone who plays four games will score 2 points, regardless of the game results. In the Swiss tournaments each win (or bye) scores 1.0, and each draw scores 0.5.
(2) Top places among other players: Among all players who do not win a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum trophy, the highest-finishing player in each section of each Swiss tournament will win a “best of the rest” trophy (14 winners in total). A player may win only one trophy, so when the highest-finishing player in a section has already won a trophy, the trophy for that section goes to the next-highest-finishing player in the section.
General information about CSC Online tournaments
Joining a tournament
Players must be careful to find and join the correct tournament, as many tournaments happen concurrently on Chess.com. CSC Online tournaments will always have names beginning with “CSC”. Players should also make sure of which Chess.com rating (Bullet, Blitz or Rapid) applies for the tournament time control and be sure that the tournament (section) they are trying to enter is correct for their rating. A player selecting the correct tournament to join will see a “Join” button. Sometimes a player is eligible for more than one tournament, and will see a “Join” button for each of them. (In such a situation, if a player joins one tournament and then chooses to withdraw from that tournament and join a different tournament instead, he or she may do so before round 1 begins. The player might need to log out from Chess.com after withdrawing from the first tournament and then log in again to join the second.) If no “Join” button is displayed, the player is attempting to enter a tournament for which he or she is not eligible.
After joining a tournament, a player must be “present” in the “Live Chess” area and ready to play at the start of the first round in which he or she is paired. Usually this will be round 1; however, players who have registered for a tournament may join it after it begins, but will not be paired until the next round begins and will score zero for the round(s) up to that point.
A player must make his or her first move within a time period indicated by Chess.com in order to confirm that the game is in progress.
Fair play policy
All standards of compliance with the rules of chess, sportsmanship, and ethics that apply to over-the-board chess apply equally to online chess, and we expect all players at all times to compete honestly and fairly. Online rules for fair play specify that players may not use the assistance of a computer or other electronic device, another person, a book or any other resource while their game is in progress. Chess.com analyzes games for unfair play. The Tournament Director also looks for signs of unfair play. Players flagged for fair play violations are not eligible for prizes and are subject to other disciplinary action by Chess.com and Cincinnati Scholastic Chess.
Sandbagging means lowering one’s rating by intentionally resigning from or losing games without making a good faith effort to compete to the best of one’s ability. A player sandbags in order to be able to play in a tournament section with lower rating requirements — that is, against weaker competition — than the player’s genuine rating would indicate as appropriate.
While it might appear to a player that sandbagging affects only his or her own rating and has no ill effect on anyone else, this is not the case. Opponents against whom the player intentionally loses is deprived of the opportunity to play a genuinely contested game (as he or she had a right to expect) and gains “artificial” rating points that can result in inappropriate pairings. And when the sandbagger plays in a tournament section for which he or she does not genuinely qualify, he or she is paired against opponents who rightly should not be paired against him or her. These opponents often suffer losses of their games, rating points, and possibly prizes that they might otherwise have won.
Besides being explicitly against the rules of chess, sandbagging is unsportsmanlike, unethical and dishonest. Whether its impact on other players is intended or not, it is cheating, and it is therefore unacceptable. We will regularly check all the players in our tournaments for sandbagging, and where it is found, those players will be ineligible for prizes and subject to additional disciplinary actions.
A list of trophy winners from each event is posted on this website. Complete standings and pairings are posted on Chess.com. Pertinent links are provided below. (If a link below to the standings and pairings on Chess.com does not work for you, click here for alternative instructions for accessing the results.)
Here are some things to be aware of when you are looking for results on Chess.com:
- Multiple tournaments played on the same day are not listed in any logical order. They appear to be listed more or less in the order in which play ended in the tournament and the results were posted.
- When looking for the results of a particular player, it is helpful to know the specific tournament (defined by rating) in which that player played. The critical information is what his or her rating was when play began in that tournament. If you do not know this, you might need to search in multiple tournaments until you find the player whose results you are interested in seeing.
- The final standings of a tournament are posted initially on Chess.com before various Fair Play checks are done, whereas trophy winners are not posted on our website until after these Fair Play checks have been completed, in accordance with the announced policies of Cincinnati Scholastic Chess and Chess.com. Unfortunately, sometimes the Fair Play checks uncover circumstances that change which players among the top finishers actually win trophies. For this reason the top finishers posted on Chess.com may differ from the trophy winners posted on our website.
Additional information about online chess tournaments
There are a number of other matters that players and parents should understand about playing chess on Chess.com. Click here to open the CSC Online Essential Information document that we have prepared. We urge all players and parents to become familiar with this document (five pages plus a one-page appendix).
Questions or comments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text to Alan Hodge, 513-600-9915.