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Garvin Gray    (2013-03-10)

When will freestyle 5 be held?

I think it is time for Alvin Alcala to put his title on the line.

Thibault de Vassal    (2013-03-10 16:28:12)

Yes, I was seriously thinking about it for a few weeks... It should be feasible on march 30-31 or april 6-7

Any opinion?

Alvin Alcala    (2013-03-10 17:11:47)

Nice to know it will be finally held. I the like the schedule of April 6-7 to have enough time for advertising the tour and have more participants.

Garvin Gray    (2013-03-12 16:16:50)

March 30-31 is Easter. Personally no issue for me and I would prefer three days straight, but Easter could be an issue for others.

Thibault de Vassal    (2013-03-13 12:53:13)

Okay, April 6-7 looks better all ways. Let's do this...

Thibault de Vassal    (2013-03-13 13:12:49)

Hi all,

The 5th FICGS freestyle tournament will happen on april 6 & 7 (2013) - three rounds each day at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 server time. The format will be the same (30 minutes + 15 seconds per move) than for the previous edition.

Entry fee : 10 Epoints, prize : 100% Fees + 70 Epoints
Deadline : 2013 april 6 - 12:00 server time

This time, just like other players, IM, SM & GM will have to enter the waiting list by themselves (entry fee : 10 Epoints), but they will recover their Epoints if they play all rounds.

Best regards,

Garvin Gray    (2013-03-14 13:48:30)

I would like to request one change. That the event either be 5 or 7 rounds, not six.

Six rounds throws up the possibility of someone receiving 4 whites 2 blacks and other players 2 whites 4 blacks.

That is rather unfair on those who get 2/4. With 5 or 7 rounds the worst that can happen is either +1 or -1 for colour balance.

Thibault de Vassal    (2013-03-14 21:29:45)
Freestyle tournament

Hmm, I did not think about what can happen in the 5 or 7 rounds options but anyway it's too late for this time... 5 rounds is really few, and 7 would need one day more. Really hard to find the "perfect" balance.

Garvin Gray    (2013-03-30 09:40:20)

Need to get your names in to enter. Otherwise it is likely to be cancelled.

Currently 5 entries so far.

Alvin Alcala (defending champion), David Evans, Wayne Lowrance, Thibault De Vassal and myself.

Garvin Gray    (2013-03-30 09:44:52)

Also, everyone who enters should be careful.

Daylight saving time starts tomorrow morning, so the time difference between you and local server time will be different between now and the start of the freestyle cup.

Alvin Alcala    (2013-03-30 17:04:32)

Playing in the FICGS Freestyle Cup is a worthwhile experience. I encourage you to participate in the tour.

Garvin Gray    (2013-04-06 05:58:17)

For everyone, so they can work out what time 1pm server time is for them:

Thibault de Vassal    (2013-04-06 14:18:56)
1st round

Sorry all for this catastrophic start during 1st round.......... a bad click provoked a butterfly effect of mistakes... what a mess!

Thibault de Vassal    (2013-04-06 21:49:28)

After round 3, Alvin is leader with 2.5 out of 3! Many good games already (not from me :o))...

See you tomorrow!

Thibault de Vassal    (2013-04-07 22:48:43)

The tournament is over... Alvin convincingly won it, once again.

Several things to say... first of all, I'd like to apologize again for this catastrophic first round, I just made a bunch of mistakes after a bad click :/

Second of all, I would like to thank all players, sincerely, for your patience & good vibes in this tournament! It is always nice to play & organize in this mood :) Special "big up" to Wayne & Garvin for their efforts to play very early or very late...

Finally, I'd like to thank Garvin for his constant involvement in FICGS tournaments... His help is always appreciated!

See you for the next edition (before next year, I hope)...

Alvin Alcala    (2013-04-08 00:28:18)

Thanks for hosting this tour Thib. We all learn from this experience.

Peter W. Anderson    (2013-04-10 09:06:37)

Congrats to Alvin. I dropped in a few times to watch a few minutes of the games and you always seemed to have stuff under control :) Impressive against tough opposition.

Alvin Alcala    (2013-04-10 17:13:00)

Thanks for the compliment. I always put pressure and seems works well :). You should join next time, it's quite fun!

Garvin Gray    (2013-04-12 19:42:11)

What I would like to see is that these are regularly held, perhaps one each quarter.

That way there is better promotion, more play and less issues, both in the running of the event and players knowledge of how this event works.

On the structure of the event, I would like to see a 20 second increment, instead of 15.

I found the 15 second increment quite often was just enough time to:

See position
Input into engine
See evals
Input move into game position
Make move on here.

An extra 5 seconds would make a lot of difference.

Alvin Alcala    (2013-04-15 19:26:26)

Last tour was missed out so hosting this tour in yearly basis is already tough job for Thib.