Regulations for the 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship 2015


 Women

1.    Description

1.1.    The 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship 2015 will be held on FIDE online arena platform hosted on web address: http://arena.myfide.net/  starting from June 18th,2015

2.    Participation

The players who can participate in the Championship need to fulfil the following criteria:
2.1.    They must be full members of FIDE Online Arena, having purchased a Platinum membership.
2.2.    A membership upgrade is required for members who previously acquired the “FIDE membership” package.
2.3.    Players with FIDE title GM/WGM and IM/WIM are entitled of a free lifetime Platinum membership upon proof of their identity.
2.4.    Players with FIDE title GM/WGM and IM/WIM are excluded from the entry fee.
2.5.    Female players, who represent a National Chess Federation, can play in the Championship. "FIDE flag" players are not eligible to participate in the championship.

3.    Tournament schedule

3.1.    The Championship consists of 8 qualifier tournaments, a semifinal and a final tournament.
3.2.    Registered players are allowed to play in as many qualifier tournaments as they can.
3.3.    Tournament registration opens 3 hours before the start of the qualifier tournament (first June 18th) and closes at the tournament  start or when the maximum number of 999 players per tournament is reached.
3.4.    8 players advance from each qualifier tournament to the semifinal.
3.5.    As soon as a player advances to the semifinal, he/she is no longer allowed to play in the remaining qualifier tournaments.
3.6.    The 8 qualifier tournaments will be held the following dates. The times shown are GMT/UTC:

Date

GMT/UTC time

June 18th, 2015

19:00

July 9th, 2015

13:00

July 30th, 2015

7:00

August 27th, 2015

19:00

September 3rd, 2015

19:00

September 10th, 2015

13:00

September 17th, 2015

7:00

September 24th, 2015

13:00

 

3.7.    The semifinal tournament will be held on October 29th, 2015 at 13:00 GMT/UTC time.
3.8.    8 players advance from the semifinal to the final tournament.
3.9.    The final tournament will be held on November 26th, 2015 OTB to Rome - Italy. Players will be invited with flights and hotels offered by the organization.  
3.10.    Two wild cards will be awarded for the final. One wild card nominated by the FIDE President and the other wild card by the Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM).
3.11.    FIDE reserves the right to alter date and time of semifinal and final tournament. The dates and time of these tournaments will be fixed on August 30th, 2015.
3.12.    Provisional results shall be announced at the end of the tournament.
3.13.    FInal results shall be announced 48 to 72 hours after the completion of the tournament.

4.    Time control

4.1.    The qualifier tournaments are Swiss tournaments of 9 or 10 or 11 rounds depending on the number of participants. The final number of rounds shall be announced when registration for the specific qualifier is closed.
4.2.    The semifinal shall be a Swiss tournament of 11 rounds.
4.3.    The final shall be a double round robin tournament.
4.4.    The time control of the qualifiers, the semifinal and the final tournaments is 3 minutes for the whole game for each player plus 2 seconds increment starting from move 1.

5.    Tie breaks

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. A protest against any decision must be submitted in writing to the Chairman of the Appeals Committee, immediately after the game. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.
6.8.    The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the the players and after the approval of the FOA online arena chairman commission, issue additional written regulations to lay down the exact playing hours and take care of other details not covered by these regulations.
6.9 In order to participate in the semi-final every player has to satisfy normal FIDE ID verification requirements. Within 7 days after the qualification to the semi-final she has to send us via email a photo of her passport with her name, date of birth and passport photo clearly visible, and her participation in the semi-final will be confirmed.
6.10    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.    Appeals Committee

7.1.    A protest against any decision must be submitted in writing to the Appeal Committee immediately after the tournament (one hour maximum). The appeal shall be accompanied by 100 euros, which shall be returnable only if the appeal is accepted.

8.    Financial regulations and prizes

8.1.    In the semifinal there will be special prizes for Top U 20 (born in the year 1996 or later): 500 USD and Top Senior : 500 USD (born in the year 1965 or before)
8.2.    A total prize fund of 9000 US Dollars (including memberships) shall be distributed to the participants of the final tournament.
8.3.    Money prizes for the FINAL tournament of the Championship as follows:

Final rank after tie breaks

Prize in USD

1st

3000 USD

2nd

2000 USD

3rd

1000 USD

4th

750 USD

5th

550 USD

6th

500 USD

7th

400 USD

8th

400 USD

9th

200 USD

10th

200 USD

 

8.4.    The organizer shall not be responsible if any national tax has to be deducted from the prize money or for any tax obligation of the participants in their respective countries.
8.5.    The organizer reserves the right to alter the prizes if the final is to be held live.

9.    Titles and qualifications

9.1.    The winner of the final tournament receives the title of “FIDE World Online Women Blitz Champion”
9.2.    The 2nd and 3rd place winner receive the title of “2nd FIDE World Online Women Blitz Champion” and “3rd FIDE World Online Women Blitz Champion” respectively.

10.    Principals

10.1.    The Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM) after consultation with the chairman of the FIDE Online commission shall appoint the following Principals:
10.1.1.    Chairman of Appeals Committee and the 2 members of the Appeal Committee
10.1.2.    the Chief Arbiter and a Deputy
10.1.3.    the Press Officer

11.    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.

12.    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.

13.     Amendments to the regulations

13.1.    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.
13.2.    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.

14.    Contact information

For more information, please contact:
FIDE Online Arena
Email: arena@fide.com
 
Chief Arbiter:
IA/A Anastasia Sorokina
Email:  nastuk@mail.ru