Chess England is ONLINE! News 18 May 2020

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Chess England is ONLINE! News 18 May 2020

Post by Adam Raoof » Mon May 18, 2020 7:54 pm

Chess England NEWS - Monday 18th May 2020

Summary: Thanks for reading my newsletters. After exploring a lot of options I have put aside chess.com and chesskid.com and will run most events on Lichess and Tornelo (with or without the camera).
I have started a new kids club on Lichess (parents and coaches scroll to the bottom for details). I am also exploring the offerings of playchess.com and chess24.com, so make sure you are on my mailing list for further news - http://eepurl.com/dvBeZb.

Hampstead online, this is a chance to play slower games, is coming up this weekend on Tornelo - see below for details. We did try this on chess.com but the software throws players out and won’t let them back in for many (some excellent) reasons. But if you arrive late you can’t get a bye or do re-pairings, which is wasting a lot of playing time. Lichess is improving daily, but you still get to play anonymously. On Tornelo we play under our real names and you can recreate the real Hampstead atmosphere by playing the games on your phone in the cupboard under the stairs. As long as you are on camera throughout...

Cheating. It seems to be a real issue online, and this is even when I know the user and have their real name and profile in front of me! Some of you have advised me not to have cash prizes, or to withhold the cash prizes for at least a week to allow platforms to investigate allegations of computer use. What do you think? For the Blitz Arenas on Sunday we have introduced an entry fee and terms and conditions for prize winners PLUS a RATING PRIZE. This should make it more attractive to club players and less attractive to sharks… but let’s see.

Chess England Blitz Date is WEDNESDAY 20th May this week, to avoid a clash with my wedding anniversary...

Adam Raoof

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Wednesday 20th May 2020 - Chess England Blitz in TWO SECTIONS!
Open and Under 1700 (ECF Under 135). You must have an identifiable national profile such as ECF or a FIDE (not essential to have a grade or rating) to enter. FIDE blitz ratings apply. If you don’t have a FIDE Blitz use your ECF Rapid converted- [ECF x 7.5 + 700 = FIDE]. 10 minutes each and no increment. Seven Rounds from 7.30pm to 10pm with an intermission - £5.00 to enter - Prizes based on entries will be shared. A video conference link will be provided. Bookmark this page - https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/chess-england for this and other events!

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2020 - The World Famous Hampstead Congress goes online! - Open, Under 1900, Under 1700 sections, numbers permitting. You must have an identifiable national profile such as ECF or a FIDE (not essential to have a grade or rating) to enter. FIDE standard ratings apply. If you don’t have a FIDE standard rating convert your ECF grade [ECF x 7.5 + 700 = FIDE]. 60 minutes each plus 10 seconds a move. Three Rounds on Saturday at 10am, 1pm and 4pm then two rounds on Sunday at a slightly later time of 11am and 2pm. Cash Prizes based on entries will be shared. All players have to be on camera throughout. https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/none/eve ... d-congress
Read this page - https://bit.ly/chessonlineterms

Saturday 30th May 2020 - The World Famous Golders Green Rapid Chess tournament goes online! - Open, Under 2000, Under 1700, Junior Under 16 sections! You must have an ECF or a FIDE profile to enter. FIDE rapid ratings apply. If you don’t have a FIDE Rapid use your ECF Rapid converted- [ECF x 7.5 + 700 = FIDE]. 20 minutes each plus 10 seconds a move. Six Rounds on the hour from 10am to 4pm at the latest - Save 10% if you enter and pay within the next 3 days. Cash Prizes based on entries will be shared. All players have to be on camera throughout. https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/none/eve ... apid-chess
Read this page - https://bit.ly/chessonlineterms

A six round rapid swiss format tournament, We hope to include these events in the ECF online rating list in the future but these events are not currently rated - except on Tornelo. All players have to be on camera throughout.

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SUNDAY 24th MAY 2020

BLITZ ARENAS EVERY SUNDAY - 10.30am start - 3.15pm finish - on Lichess! - 5 Arenas of chess at 5 minutes plus 3 seconds when you make a move / per game. Join Chess England and all the Arenas on Lichess to play all day! - FULL RESULTS HERE - JOIN OUR TEAM HERE - https://lichess.org/team/chess-england and you will see all the tournaments listed on the club page (scroll down).

+++ Arena 1 is free. However you will now need a password to play in rounds 2-5. Donate £5 for the day here https://form.jotform.com/201333874135956 and the password will be mailed to you.

Join me every Sunday for 5 Arenas of 5+3 Blitz! Starting at 10.30am and going on till 3.15pm. Cash Prizes £20/£10/£5 PLUS a RATING PRIZE for best scores over all five Arenas. Prizes are paid by PayPal after one week to players who still have an active Lichess account (closed accounts win nothing) and have not been flagged for computer use. Non-UK PayPal users will have costs deducted from prizes. | All points scored count for the final table. Share the Chess England ONLINE Home Page - https://bit.ly/chessenglandonline

Arena 1 - 10.30am - [free] - https://lichess.org/tournament/XxbWlww0
Arena 2 - 11.30am - [password required] - https://lichess.org/tournament/BEpQgxgr
Arena 3 - 12.30pm - [password required] - https://lichess.org/tournament/S9yDz3et
Arena 4 - 1.30pm - [password required] - https://lichess.org/tournament/ESvrdBvX
Arena 5 - 2.30pm - [password required] - https://lichess.org/tournament/KvGY025a


PLUS BESERK OPTION IN THE FINAL ROUND if you need to catch up!

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Chess England Juniors on Lichess

https://lichess.org/team/chess-england-juniors

A team restricted to players Under 16.

Chess tournaments and matches, and tuition for all members!

In order to join this group you must email adamraoof@gmail.com with your real name, your username on lichess, your date of birth, and I will approve your membership.

If you do not already have an account with Lichess, I recommend not using your real name on your account. I have to know who the players are, but nobody else needs to know!

Use kid mode to avoid chat and to preserve the best playing conditions - you can find this option under your profile (use a desktop pc to find this, on a mobile nothing is easy!).

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dvBeZb

Tornelo (for our other tournaments - REAL NAMES ONLY) - https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/chess-england
Adam Raoof IA, IO
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-Tell your friends about the Chess England Online Home Page - https://bit.ly/chessenglandonline
Don’t stop playing chess!

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