Regulations of the 11th FIDE Online Grand Prix 


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1. Description

1.1. The 11th FIDE Online Grand Prix will be held on FIDE Online Arena platform hosted on web address: http://arena.myfide.net  on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 and takes place the same day as the first final game of FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia.

2. Participation

The players who can participate in the Grand Prix need to fulfil the following criteria:

2.1 They must be members of FIDE Online Arena.

2.2 They must have obtained previously FIDE Online Blitz or Bullet rating to be able to participate in the relevant tournaments.

2.3 Entry fee is FREE for the members FIDE Online Arena.

3. Tournament schedule

3.1 The Grand Prix consists of 8 tournaments, 4 with blitz time control and 4 with bullet time control.

3.2 Tournament registration opens 3 hours before each tournament's start time, and closes when the tournament starts or when the maximum number of 999 players per tournament is reached.

3.3 The tournaments’ start time are GMT/UTC:

 Tournament

 GMT/UTC time

 Blitz 1

 11:00

 Bullet 1

 12:20

 Blitz 2

 15:00

 Bullet 2

 16:20

 Blitz 3

 18:00

 Bullet 3

 19:20

 Blitz 4

 21:00

 Bullet 4

 22:30

 

3.4 Provisional results shall be posted 5 to 10 minutes after completion of each tournament. 

3.5  Final tournament results and Grand Prix standings shall be announced 48 to 72 hours after the completion of the competition.

4. Time Control

4.1 All tournaments are 9 round Swiss tournaments. 

4.2 The time control of the blitz tournaments is 3 minutes for the whole game for each player.

4.3 The time control of the bullet tournaments is 1 minute for the whole game for each player plus 1 second increment starting from move 1.

5. Tournament Tie Breaks

5.1 If there is a tie for the winners, these ties will be resolved in the following order: a) Buccholz 1, b) Buccholz Median, c) Buccholz total, d) Cumulative, e) Most Wins

6. Tournament Conditions

6.1 The competition will take place on the FIDE Arena Online platform. By registering at this web site, each participant certifies having read, understood and accepted the website’s privacy policy and the website’s terms and conditions.

6.2 Use of computer chess engines and databases while playing is strictly prohibited. Assistance from other players is also prohibited. Players can have only one account enrolled in the whole tournament. The anticheating check will be done both “live” and “after the tournament”. The final standing of each tournament will be confirmed within 72 hours after the complete anticheating verification.

6.3  The Tournament Director, after consultation with arbiters, may at their discretion make a ruling on a particular game, eject a player from a tournament, refuse to allow a player to join a tournament, for any reason including but not limited to:

6.3.1 Failure to show up on time or to start a game on time

6.3.2 Concern that the player’s internet connection is not reliable enough for the game to finish in a timely manner

6.3.3 Suspicion of chess engine use

6.3.4 Suspicion that a player is receiving assistance from another player

6.3.5 Suspicion that a player has used multiple accounts during the tournament, or the fact that this player has been caught violating FIDE Arena rules in the past.

6.4 Their reasoning need not be given, and there is no appeals process. We appreciate the cooperation of all participants in keeping this contest friendly, honorable, and running smoothly.

6.5 In case a player is disqualified from a tournament, the chief arbiter could, rule that the game of that player in the running round is lost for him, and won for his opponent. However, results by that player in prior rounds will not be reverted.

6.6  The players are not permitted to speak or chat to their opponents during the games. Appropriate sporting behavior is expected from all participants and FIDE rules of conduct are to be strictly followed at all times.

6.7  If any player forfeits 2 consecutive games will be excluded from the tournament.   However, results by that player in prior rounds will not be reverted. In case of withdraw, if such a withdrawal is not justified, he will forfeit his right to the prize for the tournament as well as incur further sanctions by FIDE.

6.8  The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the players and after the approval of the FIDE Online Commission Chairman, issue additional written regulations to lay down the exact playing hours and take care of other details not covered by these regulations.

6.9 Immediately after the end of the event, the Chief Arbiter shall draw up a report in the English language and send it without delay to the FIDE Secretariat. The report shall contain the result of each individual game as well as the final standings of the event. In addition, the report shall contain a general description of the course of the event.

7. Prizes

7.1 All players are eligible for prizes regardless of the number of tournaments they participate.

7.2  The winner of each one of the 8 tournaments, after tie break is resolved, shall receive 1 month of free FIDE Online Arena membership.

7.3 The overall Grand Prix winner is determined as follows:

7.4 For each player the 5 best scores achieved in the tournaments are summed up.

7.5 The player with the most points is the Grand Prix winner.

7.6 If there is a tie for the winner, these ties will be resolved in the following order: a) sum of points in all the tournaments, b) average value of individual performances in top 5 tournaments.

7.7 The Grand Prix winner and the 5 players following in the final rankings receive the following prizes:

 Final rank after tie breaks

 Prize

 1st

 12 months FIDE Online Arena membership

 2nd

 6 months FIDE Online Arena membership

 3rd

 3 months FIDE Online Arena membership

 4th to 6th

 1 month FIDE Online Arena membership

 

7.8 Free membership achieved by winning a single tournament is added to the Grand Prix final ranking prizes.

7.9 Special prize of 4 months FIDE Online Arena membership will be awarded to all players who fulfil the following criteria:
          a. They finish in position 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th etc in the final standings of the grand prix. (positions multiples of 10)
          b. They have at least three points in the final standings.
          c. They have not forfeited a single game in the tournaments they participated.
       d. If a player does not fulfil 7.9.c then the next player in the standings becomes eligible for the special prize according to 7.9.a, 7.9.b and 7.9.c.

7.10 All players have the right, in case they want, to hand on as a gift their award to other players, either they are FIDE members or wish to become, provided that these players are registered in FIDE Online Arena and already have a FIDE ID number. Players who wish to donate their prize must declare their wish by mail to arena@fide.com until Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

7.11 Prize winners with a higher FIDE title (GM/WGM and IM/WIM) as well as players whose FIDE Arena membership ends after January 1st, 2019 will be kindly asked by the FIDE Online Commission to donate their prize.

8.0 Principals

FIDE Online Commission appoints FA DImitrijevic Aleksandra as Chief Arbiter of the tournaments.

9. Software Specifications

PC users
Operating System:
- Windows 7 - 8
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP SP3
RAM: 512 MB
Java version: 6 Update10 or later version. Though earlier versions of Java may work, it is highly advisable to have the latest version installed on your computer. You can download the most recent version at http://www.java.com

Mac users
Processor: Intel
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5
RAM: 512 MB
Java version:
- Mac OS X 10.5: Java for Mac OS X 10.5, Update 4 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.6: Java for Mac OS X 10.6, Update 1 or higher
Though earlier versions of Java may work, it is highly advisable to have the latest version installed on your computer. You can download the most recent version at http://www.java.com

Linux users
- Oracle Linux 5.5+
- Oracle Linux 6.x (32-bit), 6.x (64-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5+, 6.x (32-bit), 6.x (64-bit)
- Ubuntu Linux 10.04 and above
- Suse Linux Enterprise Server* 10 SP2, 11.x
RAM: 512 MB
Java version: 6 Update10 or later version
Though earlier versions of Java may work, it is highly advisable to have the latest version installed on your computer. You can download the most recent version at java.com

Browsers
- Internet Explorer 7 or any later version
- Mozilla Firefox 3.x or any later version
- Safari 4.x or any later version
- Chrome 4.x or any later version
Browser requirements
JavaScript and cookies enabled.

The vast majority of games are played with no problems of any sort occurring. However, it is always possible that for a variety of reasons a player can become disconnected during the course of game. To help avoid this, all players should make sure that they have a stable and fast connection. If disconnection occurs, the server continues to automatically monitor the game in progress. If the player reconnects, they can resume the game but they will lose the period of time they are disconnected; if the player does not reconnect before their flag falls, they will lose the game on time.
A failover connection is also recommended.

10. Anti-Cheating

FIDE online arena uses AceGuard, the anti-cheating and security software of the new generation. Based on advanced behavioral analysis and the activities of the players, AceGuard indicates deviations from proper procedures of play.

Enables to detect in real-time misbehavior

Provides assessment and analysis of the players both during and after the game

Edit and intensify checks based on user behavior

The FIDE online arena regulation allows to punish any attempt to abuse both in practical terms, both in legal terms.

At the end of each tournament the rankings will be provisional and it will become final only after the last anticheating verifications. Players found cheating will be deleted from the classification and excluded from the cycle of the championship. The results obtained against other players can not be changed and no game will be replayed. Should it be necessary, the Admin will decide any kind of action to take and their decisions will be final.

 11. Ammendments to the regulations

11.1 These regulations may be changed without prior notice. FIDE reserves the right to supplement this Regulation by subsequent changes to improve the performance of the event.

11.2 FIDE may introduce additional regulations for the Final Tournament, including the physical presence of arbiters alongside the participants. These regulations will be announced when the composition of the Final Tournament is determined.

12. Contact Information

For more information, please, contact:

FIDE Online Arena

Email: arena@fide.com