1st King Supertournament


1st King Supertournament

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Thibault de Vassal    (2018-01-10)
1st King Supertournament

Dear chessfriends, FICGS Android apps are now bringing a really different playing experience!

All 4 apps are now dedicated to either chess, Go or Poker Holdem (or all games) with specific features that make it easier and compliant with laws in more countries, that's why it is now useful to install them all and use it according to your taste at the moment.

Of course, it is more dedicated to "chess for fun", that's why it's a good time to start the very 1st FICGS chess King Supertournament:

- No engines or databases allowed
- Unrated thematic tournament: King's gambit
- Marathon tournament : unlimited number of players / games
- Flash deadline: The tournament will start on January 17th, 2018

Will you dare to enter this much fun and challenging waiting list? :)

Finally, these apps are very good news for FICGS as new players are coming again... It was really time, particularly after the last server crash! Now I'll make my possible to make FICGS great again, or even greater :)

Christoph Schroeder    (2018-01-11 00:29:15)
1st King Supertournament

A King's gambit thematic would be great, but as a no engine version? No.

It is fun to search for truth in ancient openings like the King's Gambit, but that obviously requires the use of books, databases and engines.

Moreover, experience on other servers shows that in the so-called "no-engine tournaments" the majority of the players use engines, anyway.

Thibault de Vassal    (2018-01-11 03:13:36)
1st King Supertournament

Hi Christoph,

I agree that engines may be there anyway (I added a permanent warning in the "move_express" page), and also that King's Gambit needs to be analyzed again and again :)

There are several reasons for this choice for this particular tournament...

1. The tournament's format: The number of games may be huge and practically impossible to manage with databases & engines analysis. At least, it could be dissuasive! By the way, there are regularly King's gambit thematic in the Special Chess Tournaments category.

2. The "applications friendly" idea: Unlike most other tournaments, this one will be particulary playable just for fun from anywhere with a phone.

And before everything, this is just an experiment...

Let's try something new :)

Zack Stephen    (2018-01-13 12:34:41)
1st King Supertournament

I tend to agree with christoph. The reason to play on this site is because the use of engines is allowed.

Thibault de Vassal    (2018-01-13 18:31:04)
1st King Supertournament

And I agree with that too... but obviously, FICGS also needs to open itself more to no-engines players, hopefully to attract more centaur players (complex equation, Google related). Anyway, that's just one tournament category, things will not change for the WCH that will start in March.

William Taylor    (2018-05-01 23:52:16)
1st King Supertournament

One of the reasons I didn't enter this tournament is that it's not clear how to guarantee compliance with the 'no databases' requirement. What happens if I need to prepare for an OTB game against a King's Gambit player? Obviously I will consult my database and theoretical works, and cannot help but have my ongoing 'King Supertournament' games in my mind.

Thibault de Vassal    (2018-05-02 00:03:56)
1st King Supertournament

I think we all realize that this is not a "usual" FICGS tournament (also that this is just for fun)... and that most correspondence/advanced chess players will not enter it. But I think that FICGS needs such events from time to time, that can attract more "regular" chess players (at least by its announcements). At the end, it seems it makes the job :)

William Taylor    (2018-05-02 10:31:20)
1st King Supertournament

I'm sure it will be a fun event. :)