1st FICGS freestyle cup


1st FICGS freestyle cup

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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-24)
1st FICGS freestyle cup

Dear chessfriends,

The 1st FICGS freestyle cup waiting list is open ! .. This advanced chess or more commonly said "freestyle" (computers, teams, everything allowed) swiss tournament will happen on 2007 October 20 & 21 (14 pm, 17 pm, 20 pm server time), time control : 1 hour + 15 seconds / move. Entry fee is 10 E-Points (10 Euros), prize is 100% of E-Points (see rules/membership).

Thanks to players who broadcasted the news on the web already !

Garvin Gray    (2007-09-24 15:54:07)

Come on everyone, need at least six entries :) Preferably a lot more.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-25 21:53:58)
Extra rule

A new rule to motivate more players before the start of the tournament :)

"An extra fee, usually 30% of the entry fee, will be added to the entry fee 7 days before the start of the tournament."

Tano-Urayoan Russi Roman    (2007-09-28 00:36:03)

This remark was made by past freestyle winner Equidistance in the rybka forum: "This FICGS site is very unclear, impossible to find anything. No clear summary about what these e-points are all about, very long terms and conditions, really I doubt anybody will spend so much time to even find the page about Freestyle Cup, which is hidden under one of many menus." Maybe navigation could be made easier for new players interested in the tournament.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 01:16:46)

Thanks for forwarding this comment here ! .. Actually it's quite true, a summary (at least in forums where I posted about the tournament & maybe in Help section) could help... Thinking about that.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 02:56:48)

A summary about E-Points has been added to the terms and conditions :


"E-Points : To summarize previous Entry fees and Prize money sections, you can buy E-Points (1 E-Point is worth 1 Euro, see My account after you connect to the server) then play money tournaments with entry fees and prizes (bronze, silver, gold) with low rakes in E-Points, finally ask for money prizes instead of E-Points for the tournaments you choose : According to the prize won, you'll be paid 0,75 Euro per E-Point remaining in your account. Consequently the more tournaments you play before to ask for a money prize, the lower is the cost per game (prizes in E-Points reach up to 99 % of the entry fees, 100 % for the chess freestyle cup)."

Feel free to tell me if it is not clear enough... I've also updated the Help section about how to enter the freestyle cup & E-Points.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 03:01:14)
Invitation to FIDE, FICGS, ICCF GM & IM

Just added to the FICGS chess freestyle cup rules :

"FIDE GM & IM, FICGS / ICCF GM, SM & IM are invited to enter the waiting list for free until one week before the start of the tournament ! .. Please just send a message to webmaster through My account page to register. You may be asked to send a copy of your passport or ID card."

Strong titled players may be interested in winning the title & prize, other players may be interested in playing them...

Tano-Urayoan Russi Roman    (2007-09-28 08:09:33)
Question about e-points

A quote from the rules: "When you buy tickets, a virtual account in E-Points is created (or modified) with a limited lifetime of 2 years, meaning the account will be emptied at the end of this period. Member's account lifetime will be reconducted each time tickets are bought by the member. The number of E-Points added to the account is the amount in Euros paid to FICGS. Tickets are not paid back." This means i lost the E-Points after 2 years? So what i do with E-Points if: "Tickets for tournaments (E-Points) can't be sold to other members, exchanged with cash money or paid back" In the summary that you wrote you said: "... then play money tournaments with entry fees and prizes (bronze, silver, gold) with low rakes in E-Points, finally ask for money prizes instead of E-Points for the tournaments you choose" This is not clear. For example, I join a gold tournament i must choose before hand if i want E-Points or a money prize. Also why i want to play more tournaments before redeeming a money prize if i could do nothing with my remaing E-Points (see above) Any help in my queries will be appreciated.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-28 11:23:24)
Tickets / E-Points

Ok, I'll clarify that. It means that you can choose AFTER a tournament to ask for a money prize (exchanged with E-Points as a prize, not a redeeming). About the 2 years, it means that you have to ask for money prizes if you don't buy more E-Points until this delay - there must be such limits in time, but the aim is surely not to apply such a rule - anyway if you buy ie 10 more E-Points, the account lifetime is reconduced.

In brief, tickets are E-Points you buy, prizes are E-Points or money you win after a tournament.

I'll update it today.

Garvin Gray    (2007-09-30 11:31:11)
new entrant

A third entrant to the freestyle cup
Was starting to think it was
going to be a six game match between Thibault and myself :P
Welcome to the tournament Michael

Will Ilmars be entering?

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-30 12:06:30)
new entrants

Hi Garvin :) .. Don't worry, we're 3 weeks from the start of the tournament yet, the extra-fee rule (1 week before the start) and the invitation to titled players should help... 2 players more just bought E-Points, so it's on the way for an interesting tourney ;)

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-04 02:19:36)
5 entries

Need more players :)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-07 15:22:25)
6 entries

We always need more players :) ..

FRA de Vassal, Thibault 2478
AUS Gray, Garvin 1857
DEU Mueller-Toepler, Michael 1997
ITA Gueci, Alberto 2037
ITA Riccio, Eros 2518
USA Fuller, William 2000

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-07 19:59:31)
winner :)

I am claiming 1st place in the southern hemisphere division :)

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-09 14:39:27)
single round robin

Looks like at this stage that it will be single round robin, which is fine by me :)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-12 22:11:47)
Reminder : Invitation to GM, SM, IM

"FIDE GM & IM, FICGS / ICCF GM, SM & IM are invited to enter the Freestyle Cup waiting list for free until one week before the start of the tournament ! .. Please just send a message to webmaster through My account page to register. You may be asked to send a copy of your passport or ID card."

One more day for titled players to register for free !

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-13 18:47:43)
1 more

7 rounds perhaps?

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-13 19:17:27)
Freestyle tournament

A new player may enter the Freestyle Cup waiting list soon... So we'll be at least 8 players, anyway only 6 rounds will be played, I can't change the rules now.

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-14 01:29:13)
Re: 1 round

The reason I asked about the extra round is in case we only get one more entry.

Means that we would have 6 rounds for eight players. This risks no legal pairings in the final round.

Adding one further round would solve this. Only needs to happen if we get 7/8 entries.

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-14 13:39:21)
Practice game

Would someone like a practice game at 60 + 15?

Ilmars Cirulis    (2007-10-14 16:21:34)
2 Garvin

I can try one.

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-14 17:05:46)

Hello Ilmars,

I realised after asking that there is no 60/15 timer on here :(

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-17 02:22:48)
More entries

Coming up this weekend. More entries needed.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-17 02:42:45)
2 more entries

Two international masters will probably enter the waiting list soon. If other titled players want to enter the Freestyle Cup waiting list for free, please just contact me.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-19 22:18:09)
Freestyle cup starts tomorrow, 2 pm.

10 players entered the waiting list !

As we still need more players, titled players (GM, SM, IM) may register for free until saturday 1 pm. server time, please email me. Prize is 80 E-Points at the moment.

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-20 10:17:01)

Hope it stays at ten. That is a nice number for six rounds.

Edwin Dabbaghyan    (2007-10-20 11:14:42)

Hello everyone...just got back from a 3 drunk days cruise trip and am quite beatable ;)....where exactly do we play the freestyle? on a server client or on this website like any other game? Hej, William, Eros and Alberto...good luck friends:)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-20 13:19:52)

Hello Edwin :) .. Of course it is played here, like any other game (interface is a bit different for games played in less than 1 day).

Have a good tournament & good luck to all !

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-20 13:39:33)

Reporting in for registration

Edwin Dabbaghyan    (2007-10-20 14:06:54)
my game?

Hello...where is my game? I can't see my game....

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-20 14:57:47)
"My games"

.. at the bottom of the page, but it seems you saw it already :)

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-20 23:29:30)
Eros in the lead

After the first 3 rounds, SIM Eros Riccio leads the tournament by 2,5 / 3

Everything is still possible with 4 pursuers at 2 / 3 .. See you tomorrow :)

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-21 20:54:55)
round times.

Only one serious suggestion at this stage.

If all games finish very early, I would like to see the next round start earlier.

Makes the tournament a bit easier to play for those of us who are starting the tournament at 10pm approx :o

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-21 22:23:54)
round times

That's a problem :/ .. Actually I don't really know how to deal with that.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-21 22:35:06)
Eros Riccio wins 1st FICGS freestyle !

SIM Eros Riccio completely stunned the tournament, very well prepared with White & Black on this interesting sicilian line : 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5

Final score for Eros : 5 / 6 .. Congratulations :)

See results and games :


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-11-04 03:51:27)
Thematic tournaments #38, #39

Thematic tournament #38 just started, line is sicilian poisoned pawn variation (10.e5), the next thematic tournament will be about this complex line also.

Games to follow !

Michael Mueller-Toepler    (2007-11-06 16:28:01)
FICGS freestyle cup

For more players: The winner is qualified for: FICGS__CHESS__WORLD_CHAMPIONSHIP__000004 Regards Michael - muetoe

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-11-06 16:59:11)
FICGS freestyle cup

That's an idea... and it could work but I'm not sure it is good to melt freestyle chess & correspondence chess results. Anyway, your suggestions are welcome :)

Garvin Gray    (2007-11-11 07:45:23)

Time to start promoting the 2nd freestyle cup :)