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CSC Online Tournaments – October through December

To replace our three fall-semester over-the-board tournaments, we will be holding online tournaments on our usual dates: October 10, November 7, and December 5, 2020. These tournaments will be one-day events. We hope to break “attendance records” from our previous 13 years even though attending (at least) the first three events means logging onto your computer rather than traveling to a school site.

October 10 Tournament Details

The tournament will be conducted on www.chess.com; pairings will use chess.com Rapid ratings. Before entering, create an account at www.chess.com if you do not already have one. (Scroll down to General Information for related details.) A basic account is sufficient to play in the tournament. Basic accounts are free; higher-level accounts are available for a fee. Upon entering, players will receive a link to join the proper “club” within chess.com. Players must be members of the pertinent “club” in order to join and play in a tournament. The tournament begins promptly at 9:00 am – the computer will forfeit your first-round game if you are not logged into the web site on time!

Entry fee: $12 – Entry deadline: NOON, Friday, October 9, 2020
Players must enter online; click here to enter.

We plan to have 6 sections with different time controls, as detailed below. Each section will play 5 rounds. The rating ceilings for sections with longer time controls will be higher; rating cutoffs will be determined by CSC before the tournament begins. Players may choose to play up, and CSC reserves the right to require any player to play in a higher section based on his or her rating history. Projected sections and time controls are listed below. The time control indicates the number of minutes that each player has for the game; the “+2” indicates a 2-second increment, meaning that each player receives 2 additional seconds added onto his or her remaining time with each move.

  1. G/10+2 (lowest ratings ceiling)
  2. G/12+2
  3. G/14+2
  4. G/16+2
  5. G/18+2
  6. G/20+2 (open no ratings ceiling)

If fewer than 120 entries are received, some sections might be combined so that there will be fewer sections. In each section, players compete only against other players in the same section, and anyone scoring 3 points or more will win a medal. Players’ chess.com ratings will be affected by all games played on chess.com. (Players’ USCF ratings will not be affected by playing in this tournament.)

We expect the lowest-rated section to conclude by 11:00 am. Sections with the longer time controls will take proportionally longer to finish, with the top section expected to conclude before 12:45.  Sign up today!  Click here to enter.

October 9 Practice Tournament

On Friday, October 9 at 7:00 pm there will be a practice tournament (included at no extra charge for all those who register for Saturday’s tournament). No one is required to participate, but this practice tournament is highly recommended especially for those who are new to online chess or who do not yet have a chess.com Rapid rating. No medals will be awarded for Friday’s tournament, and participating or not participating in it will have no effect on Saturday scores. The Friday night tournament will have 4 rounds with a time control of G/10+2. Depending on the number of players, there might be multiple sections.

Questions: contact Alan Hodge at info@chesscincinnati.com or at 513-600-9915 (call/text).

CSC Online Summer Series Results

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.)

May Series trophy winners. May Series standings and pairings.

June Series trophy winners. June Series standings and pairings.

August Series trophy winners. August Series standings and pairings.

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.

General Information About CSC Online Tournaments

Creating a chess.com account

It is free to set up a basic membership account (higher-level memberships are available for a fee). Setting up a basic account is easy and quick. 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”. 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

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 (five pages plus a one-page appendix).

Questions

Questions or comments may be submitted by email to info@chesscincinnati.com or by phone/text to Alan Hodge, 513-600-9915.