Cincinnati Scholastic Chess

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CSC Online

Thank you to all the players and parents who have made our online events successful! We are very grateful for your support.

At the present time CSC has no online events scheduled, but we are planning events for the summer of 2021. We will publish further information on this page when it is available.

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Options for Medal Delivery
Results From Previous CSC Online Tournaments
General Information About CSC Online Tournaments

Options for Medal Delivery

Fair Play checking is done during the week after an event is played. When Fair Play checking has been completed, we post a final list of medal winners on this website. Coach Brackenridge will then notify medal winners of the place(s) and time(s) when they can pick up their medals. A medal winner who is unable to pick up a medal during the specified times, or who simply prefers not to, can request that Coach Brackenridge mail his or her medal instead. To request that a medal be mailed to you, click here to submit a medal mail request and pay the applicable fee with a credit card or PayPal account. The fee for this service is $5.50, which covers the mailing costs: postage, a suitable mailing envelope, any necessary packing material, and the PayPal transaction fee that PayPal assesses to CSC. Please do not submit a medal mail request until the final list of medal winners is posted on our website! 

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Results From Previous CSC Online Tournaments

Final standings, round-by-round pairings, and games from all previous CSC Online tournaments are available on chess.com and can be accessed as follows:

  • Log into chess.com.
  • Hover over “Connect” then click on “Clubs”.
  • For the results of the May 2020 CSC Online Series, click on the Cincinnati Scholastic Chess club, then click on “Live Tournaments”
  • For the results of all other tournaments, click on this link: https://www.chess.com/club/csc-online-tournaments/join/f69ebb, then click on “Live Tournaments” and scroll to find the tournament whose results you want to see.
  • Note: Only members of the clubs mentioned above can access the respective 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 apparent order.
  • 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 on Chess.com before various Fair Play checks are done. For this reason a list of trophy winners posted on our website might differ from the the top finishers posted on Chess.com.

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General Information About CSC Online Tournaments

Creating a chess.com account

A basic account is sufficient to play in any CSC Online tournament. Basic accounts are free; higher-level accounts are available for a fee. It is easy and quick to set up a basic membership account. Simply go to www.chess.com and click on “Sign Up”, then submit the following information in the form that displays:

  • A username (This need not be, and usually is not, your real name. Think about how you want to identify yourself online — have some fun with it.)
  • An email address
  • A password to use when you log in
  • A general indication of your chess skill level

Chess.com assigns an initial rating to a player when he or she joins chess.com. These arbitrary initial ratings correspond to the skill level selected when setting up the membership account as follows:

  • New to chess = 800
  • Beginner = 1000
  • Intermediate = 1200
  • Advanced = 1400
  • Expert = 1600

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 Online”. 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 they are trying to join is correct for their rating. A player selecting the correct tournament to join will see an orange “Join” button. Sometimes a player is eligible for more than one tournament, and will see a “Join” button for each of them. If no “Join” button is displayed, the player is attempting to enter a tournament for which he or she is not eligible.

A player may change tournaments by withdrawing from a tournament and then joining a different tournament; however, a player may not withdraw from and then rejoin the same tournament unless he or she withdraws 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.)

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

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.

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 (12 pages plus a one-page appendix). Any questions not answered in this document, or any comments you wish to offer, may be submitted by email to info@chesscincinnati.com or by phone/text to Alan Hodge, 513-600-9915.

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