World Cup 2021 Qualifiers: FIDE Approves Hybrid Format

For the primary time, on-line chess will probably be a part of the world championship cycle. A brand new “hybrid” format, the place chess gamers play on-line however in a public place below the supervision of an arbiter, will probably be allowed for qualification tournaments for the 2021 FIDE World Cup. Based on FIDE, this measure is “inevitable and distinctive” as a result of pandemic.

This yr’s FIDE World Cup is scheduled to start out July 10 in Sochi, Russia. The format has been revamped and elevated: 206 gamers will compete within the open part and 103 within the girls’s part.

To verify contributors can qualify within the upcoming months whereas the coronavirus pandemic continues to be underway, qualifier tournaments may be held on-line if particular standards are met. Arbiters have to be current and cameras needs to be put in to stop dishonest.

No fewer than two arbiters, a neighborhood chief arbiter, and a neighborhood technical arbiter should be current. If greater than 10 gamers are within the taking part in venue, then further arbiters are required one additional arbiter for every enhance of 1 to 10 gamers.

Cameras will probably be put in to present a panoramic view of the taking part in corridor, and every participant will probably be supervised by a person digital camera as properly. If the computer systems on which the video games are performed will not be supplied by the native organizer, a Zoom name with display sharing is necessary.

These qualifiers could have a normal (lengthy) time management just like the FIDE World Cup. The time management can’t be lower than 90 minutes for the primary 40 strikes, adopted by 30 minutes for the remainder of the sport with an increment of 30 seconds per transfer ranging from transfer one, or 120 minutes for the entire recreation with an increment of 30 seconds per transfer ranging from transfer one.

Hybrid format

The hybrid format was launched in early January when the FIDE Council approved a brand new, particular algorithm for on-line chess competitions (here in PDF). These guidelines have been obligatory after the big enhance of occasions held on-line as a result of pandemic.

The particular guidelines largely relate to taking part in on-line on one of many present chess platforms. They need to be seen as further to the present guidelines. Apart from having a digital chessboard as a substitute of a bodily one, the essential FIDE Legal guidelines of Chess are totally utilized.

When on-line competitions are supervised, it is often from a distance, with an arbiter having the ability to see the gamers by way of a Zoom name. FIDE makes use of the time period “hybrid” for occasions the place all gamers are bodily supervised by an arbiter as they play on-line. A number of such occasions with gamers current in a public place like a membership, federation headquarters, or resort have already been organized.

The video games performed in hybrid occasions may be rated formally on equal phrases with conventional video games if the occasions are pre-registered by the federation that will probably be liable for submitting the outcomes and score charges.

Whether or not norms may be achieved in hybrid occasions is just not but clear. In a statement posted on the FIDE web site on January 21, 2021, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich famous that the FIDE Qualification Fee, the physique liable for score and norm rules, “is mostly not towards score and giving titles based mostly on hybrid competitions, however firmly believes that it requires each testing (which we intend to do) and a really cautious implementation.” For the World Cup qualifiers, norms will not be attainable.

European Chess Union

The European Chess Union was the primary to announce their World Cup qualifier. A nine-round hybrid qualification match will probably be held Might 22-30 from which 36 gamers will qualify. The occasion could have a 30,000-euro prize fund supported by the FIDE Continental Growth Fund.

Initially, the qualifiers had been supposed to come back from the 2021 European Particular person Championship to be held in Reykjavik, however this occasion has been postponed till August/September.

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