Page title:[E4EC] Tournaments
Subtitle:Tournaments of the club


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Players can enter tournaments organized by the club. To protect serious players, new members cannot enter tournaments immediately after their registration. 5 rated games need to be finished to be considered as a serious player and to be able to enter tournaments. Normally finished games are those that end in checkmate, stalemate, a draw agreement, a valid draw claim, or resignation. Friendly, deleted and time forfeited games don't count into this value.

When a player enters for a tournament, those of their games which belong to already entered players are started. Their other games in that tournament are waiting until the corresponding player enters.

When a tournament fills up, another tournament is started automatically with the same parameters. This ensures that in each rating class, in each (future) types there is always a tournament which is open for entrants.

Players can enter for more tournaments until they have enough free game slots. This is 16 initially and raises by 2 with each normally finished games until 100.

Players can play other games simultaneously that are started by challenges or pairing, until the above criteria are met.

Each won game is worth 1 point, a draw 0.5, a lost 0. The winner of a tournament is the player who collects the most points. In the case of a tie, the Sonneborg-Berger formula decides the winner. When the last game finishes in a tournament, the entrants get result announcement and the tournament closes.

All tournaments are time controlled. Now all of them run in 10/30, so 10 moves must be taken in 30 days. The ceiling is 40 days. This means all their games run in that time control. Later another tournaments may come with either faster (e.g. 5+1) or slower (e.g. 10/50) time controls. External organizations' tournaments can run under different time control.

The vacation policy applies to tournament games. Players can announce their planned vacations, or when they are in trouble, the automatic vacation protects their games from timeout.

Currently, the following types of tournaments run: Ratings are recalculated after each finished game immediately by the chess server. This is the standard elo rating calculation implemented by the Glicko method. Except those games where the club's Regulations don't apply. These game are not rated by the club.

There is no prize in club level tournaments, but they give good play opportunity and appreciation for the winners.