Austin Lockwood Saturday, October 10, 2015
What is Correspondence Chess960?
Chess960 (sometimes known as 'Fischer Random Chess') is a variant of standard chess, which was introduced by Bobby Fischer to try to avoid players relying upon memorised opening lines. In Chess960, the starting array of the pieces is randomised into one of 960 different permutations.
Who is running the tournament?
The Tournament is being run by the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation, the tournament director will be Marc Wakeham.
Who can enter?
- Any chess player born or currently resident in the United Kingdom,
- Any player playing under the flags of Scotland, England or Wales on the ICCF Webserver,
- Any player who is a current member of the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association, or a member organisation of either the English Federation for Correspondence Chess or the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation.
How do I enter and how much does it cost?
Please send an email to Marc Wakeham (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating your name and ICCF ID number.
The entry fee is £3.00, this can be sent by PayPal to email@example.com; please let the organiser know if you would prefer to pay by cheque. No entry will be accepted until payment has been confirmed.
Entries will be closed on 15th December 2015, no further entries will be accepted after this date. The start date will be 1st January 2016.
I don’t have an ICCF ID number
You can register on https://www.iccf.com (follow the “New Player” link under the logon box). New registrations can take a day or two to be confirmed.
If you would like further information about your national ICCF federation, please contact:
- England: Andrew Dearnley firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scotland: George Pyrich email@example.com
- Wales: Russell Sherwood firstname.lastname@example.org
How many games will I play?
Chess960 tournaments are played double rounded, so you will have two games with the same position against all the other players in the tournament. We will have between five and eight players per section, so you will have between eight and fourteen games. You will have a different position against each opponent, but the same position in both games against the same opponent. If we have more than eight entries, we will split them into sections and play a final round to decide the champion.
How will the games be played?
The games will be played online on the ICCF webserver
Will the games be rated?
Yes, the games will be rated according to the international ICCF Chess960 rating system.
Are there any prizes?
No, there will be no prizes, however the winner will be able to download a certificate.
What about the Rules?
Games will be played under the ICCF playing rules current at the start of play. The time control will be ten moves in forty days with duplication after 20 days, each player will be allocated 45 days leave per calendar year.