Big Chess championship


Big Chess championship

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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-05)
Big Chess championship

Hello to all.

You may have seen in the chat bar the idea to organize a Big Chess championship at FICGS is in the air.

It could be interesting for several reasons, the first one of course is there's no engine to help players :) .. by the way, it may be really hard to program a good Big Chess engine, it should use some Go concepts combined to a powerful chess engine (with quite different parameters).

Now there are some questions :

- What rules for a Big Chess championship ?
- What about a Big Chess rating ?

In my opinion, there shouldn't be a Big Chess rating. That's a pity, but "simple" chess should remain the main rated game here. Actually, the nature of this game (and time control) makes me think it should remain a friendly game first. However there could a championship for fun...

About the rules for such a championship, it could look like the Go championship : A two-stages tournament, first stage would be a single round-robin tournament with the 7 players who won most Big Chess tournaments (will help to promote tournaments ;)), second stage would be a 6 games match against current champion (if the final score is a draw, the current champion will keep his title).

What do you think ?

Heinz-Georg Lehnhoff    (2007-04-05 16:06:36)
BigChess Championship

Hello to all.

BigChess is a great game. No books, no engines, and no ratings!

A BigChess Championship is an excellent idea. I think that everyone should be able to take part in this tournament. And - if possible - it should start as soon as possible. If we must wait until 7 different players (not seven times Thibault :-) ) have won a tournament, then the Championship probably starts only in 2009.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-05 18:42:04)
Big Chess championship

Actually the problem with a multi-stages (4 rounds or more) tournament is it would finish in 2009 as well :)

With my system, Big Chess tournaments would be a continuous championship. Not perfect for sure, but it may be enough. What do you think ?

Heinz-Georg Lehnhoff    (2007-04-06 00:07:27)
BigChess Championship

Ok, but perhaps you can change the condition to select the seven players. Maybe you can give points for place 1 to 4 (1. = 7 pts, 2. = 5 pts, 3. = 3 pts, 4. = 1 point) in every tournament, which wasn't finished at the start of the last Championship. The seven players with the most points are qualified for your single round-robin tournament. Or is this too complicated?

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-04-06 01:22:32)
Big Chess championship

Simple rules (1 win or lead = 1 point) have some clear advantages...

I have to think about it.

Jason Repa    (2007-04-07 04:23:38)
Big Chess

This is an excellent idea! I'm looking forward to playing in the next Big Chess tournament!

Christophe Czekaj    (2007-04-11 13:20:54)
Big chess

I agree with Heinz Georg. First place = 7 points, second 6 for example, etc. We could take the ratio (total of points scored / number of tournament) to qualify 7 players for the championship (double round ?)

Volker Koslowski    (2007-04-12 22:02:56)
Big Chess Championship

I think that a system based up on points suggested by Heinz-Georg is a good idea for a BC Championship. It is not very complex and maybe we must not wait until 2009 for the first final round robin tournament :)