2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:49 am

The organisers have now closed the doors with 205 entries for the Open & 121 for the Women's section.

The star studded fields headed up by Carlsen are here. Gawain & Sue are playing in each event so there is some British interest.

FIDE have also announced a Fantasy Sports site called ChessDraft where you can take part in Fantasy Chess tournaments with this one being the pilot.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Alex Holowczak » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:31 am

Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:49 am
The star studded fields headed up by Carlsen are here. Gawain & Sue are playing in each event so there is some British interest.
Assuming the fine people of Crawley keep their drones on a leash for the next 8 hours or so, there will also be some British interest in the arbiting team.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Brian Towers » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:01 am

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:31 am
Assuming the fine people of Crawley keep their drones on a leash for the next 8 hours or so, there will also be some British interest in the arbiting team.
Out of curiosity, why the need for 4 "pairings arbiters" - https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_det ... ent=206539 https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_det ... ent=206542 ?
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Alex Holowczak » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:49 am

Brian Towers wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:01 am
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:31 am
Assuming the fine people of Crawley keep their drones on a leash for the next 8 hours or so, there will also be some British interest in the arbiting team.
Out of curiosity, why the need for 4 "pairings arbiters" - https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_det ... ent=206539 https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_det ... ent=206542 ?
There were 4 last year. In practice, 2 will do one section, and 2 will do the other. You need 2 people per section for the result checking process. You could do it with 2 people doing both sections, but the turnaround between games will be about twice as long.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by David Sedgwick » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:13 pm

Brian Towers wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:01 am
Out of curiosity, why the need for 4 "pairings arbiters" - https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_det ... ent=206539 https://ratings.fide.com/tournament_det ... ent=206542 ?
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:49 am
There were 4 last year. In practice, 2 will do one section, and 2 will do the other. You need 2 people per section for the result checking process. You could do it with 2 people doing both sections, but the turnaround between games will be about twice as long.
Those who have seen the speed and efficiency with which Alex's team process results at the London Chess Classic Festival will understand the need for four people to do the job at the World Rapid and Blitz Championships.

They will also appreciate that there is no-one better qualified than Alex to be one of those four people.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:43 pm

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:49 am
You need 2 people per section for the result checking process.
How do the results get reported? An English rapidplay would likely rely on result slips, but with sensory boards and an army of arbiters, would it be relied on that the sensory board inputs were correct?

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Alex Holowczak » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:24 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:43 pm
Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:49 am
You need 2 people per section for the result checking process.
How do the results get reported? An English rapidplay would likely rely on result slips, but with sensory boards and an army of arbiters, would it be relied on that the sensory board inputs were correct?
No decision has been made just yet. What I call the Clipboard Method is favourite at this stage. I don't think they would rely on the broadcast to have the correct result, but it will certainly be useful for checking.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:32 am

Peter Doggers article on the Opening Ceremony. The following paragraph stood out:

"There is still a distinct Saudi flavor though. Not only does the tournament bear the name of King Salman (it is the second edition, as part of a three-year contract), but as the FIDE President remarked in his speech, players won't be finding pork or alcohol at the event! But the players seemed to enjoy the healthy food and their company, while a band was playing jazz for the last half hour or so."

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:59 am

Chris Rice wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:32 am
Peter Doggers article
His information regarding the rapid time control is wrong. It is G/15 with a 10 second increment.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:50 am

Round 1 broadcast about to kick off at noon. Round 1 pairings have Gawain as White vs Usmanov (Russia 2459) on Board 54 and Sue is Black vs IM Buksa (Ukraine 2304) on board 48 of the Women's.

As a warm-up Nakamura had a game vs a robot in a shopping mall.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:58 pm

First round shock as Carlsen loses on time in a winning position.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Brian Towers » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:01 pm

Hmmm 4 pairing arbiters but none of them can click on the "Update to server" button on the page where you enter the results.
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by J T Melsom » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:13 pm

Gosh the season of goodwill has ended quickly :roll:

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Brian Towers » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:26 pm

Carlsen fixed permanently on board 1 as a result of an agreement with Norwegian TV and not looking very happy about it.
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Alex McFarlane » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:30 pm

Brian Towers wrote: Hmmm 4 pairing arbiters but none of them can click on the "Update to server" button on the page where you enter the results
The pairing arbiters will not be in the hall and indeed may be some distance away.
The procedure will be something like the following.
Arbiter records results on his/her boards. When those boards are finished these results will be passed to sector arbiter. When all results in the sector are finished these will go to pairing arbiters.
When all games are finished arbiters pairing arbiters will enter results and check them.
Probably only then will they be published on chess-results, though it is possible they would be printed sector by sector.
Pairing for next round will then be done.

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