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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-16)
FICGS 3.0 , novelties & advanced chess

Dear chessfriends, the new FICGS version is installed :) ... Improvements :


- New random design (see preferences) after each login, great IMO :)

- Correspondence chess established, preliminary & complete rating lists (user mode)

- Big chess rating list
- http://www.ficgs.com/membership.html#rating_big_chess
- Rated big chess tournaments (no more unrated)

- Advanced ches rating list
- http://www.ficgs.com/membership.html#rating_advanced_chess
- Rated advanced chess tournaments (money blitz & lightning games)

- New advanced chess games category : CHESS MONEY BRONZE (entry fee 0,2 E-Point)

Advanced chess games are chess games played at Lightning (30 minutes + 1 minute / move) or Blitz (2 hours + 2 hours / 40 moves) time control. Computer assistance is encouraged. See rating rules for advanced chess, everyone gets a rating (first estimated from your correspondence chess rating) after you played your first game.

Every member now has 2 free E-Points to play 10 free CHESS MONEY BRONZE (advanced chess) games. Consequently the FICGS advanced chess server is not free of charge after this free trial.


This is a major improvement, so there will be some adjustments during the next days, particularly to reorganize money tournaments.

Feel free if you have any comment or suggestion...


Have good games :)


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-16 15:56:50)
Chess tournaments with an entry fee

All chess tournaments with an entry fee are now RATED (also 2 games matches), but thematic tournaments.


Dan Rotaru    (2007-06-17 00:21:41)
Rating lists

Hi Thibault, What is the difference between established and preliminary rating lists? Also I think that filtering players who haven't logon in the last two months is a little bit too restrictive. Maybe 6 months or a year would be reasonable? (just a suggestion). If I win the lottery (and really hope so) and I decide to spend three motnhs on an isolated island with no internet access i wouldn't want to loose my established rating.


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-17 01:49:16)
Rating lists

Hi Dan, yes it may be not clear enough yet. I'll add this post somewhere in the rules when I'm sure about this.

- Established rating list displays players who finished at least 9 rated games (or who obtained an established rating at ICCF / IECG) and who connected during the last 2 years.

- Preliminary rating list is actually more an active players list, it displays players who finished at least 1 rated game (or who obtained an established rating at ICCF / IECG) and who connected during the last 2 months.


Well, maybe I should set the filter to 2 years also, or rename the list as active players list, but it's not very coherent too... :/


Dan Rotaru    (2007-06-17 03:10:29)
Rating lists

Thank you for clarification, it makes sense now and I believe it is a nice feature to have these lists. Maybe you should rename "preliminary /active players" list?


Dan Rotaru    (2007-06-17 13:47:10)
New tournaments

Hi Thibault, What about organizing some Swiss tournaments? I think that a Swiss for Money tournaments would generate a lot of interest because the more players participate the bigger the prize fund would be. I would also enjoy playing a Correspondence chess Swiss tournament let's say: “FICGS Annual Open Tournament”. Therefore players from different rating brackets can play against each other, apart from the WCH. Right now in the class tournaments I keep playing against few players again and again.


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-17 15:34:20)
Swiss tournaments

Hi Dan, I think I'll add an active players list soon...

About the swiss tournaments, I'm thinking about such advanced chess tournaments, but it would be hard to organize a correspondence chess tourney with the swiss system... (the rounds can't be played at the same time)

I'm to completely change the waiting lists structure for big chess & money tournaments.


Dan Rotaru    (2007-06-17 19:31:49)
Swiss tournaments

That is very true, you can't play more than one game at the time and one single unfinished game can delay the next round for very long time. But maybe once a year, a 5 round tourney played at fast time controls: 30 days / 0.5 day per move, or even faster? I wonder what kind of interest this type of tourney would generate.


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-17 19:40:04)
Swiss tournaments

It would be quite risky IMO :)


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-18 05:41:30)
New update !

"Tournaments" page and waiting lists have been completely re-organized by time control ! (more coherent and clear IMO)


Also a new rating list : Active players list.

- Active players list displays players who connected during the last 2 months... Right now almost 700 of 2100 which is quite good IMO :)

- Preliminary rating list now displays players who finished at least 1 rated game, less than 9 rated games and who connected during the last 2 years. (which is much more interesting)


At last, the rating rules for advanced chess (blitz & lightning) have been improved. Now a fair performance bonus for Black, see rules :

http://www.ficgs.com/membership.html#rating_advanced_chess


And now, I'm going to sleep... Good night everyone :)


Don Groves    (2007-06-18 08:24:45)
New Go rating lists, please

Hi Thibault. The new rating lists are nice! I hope you can find the time to extend them to Go as well as Chess :-)


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-18 16:55:18)
Go rating lists

Hi Don. I couldn't make an established and preliminary rating list for Go, but an active players list is possible.


Don Groves    (2007-06-20 09:42:19)
Go rating lists

An active players list for Go would be excellent, Thibault. There are so many inactive players at some ratings that it takes a few "page downs" to get through them all ;-)


Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-20 15:05:27)
Go rating lists

Ok, it will be added in a few hours :)









 

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