Following «The Americas' Slow LIVE Chess Week-End Championship»
You probably noticed the unusual high number of slow LIVE 90|30 chess games played during the last week-end. This is one demonstration of the great success that we had with the «Americas' Slow LIVE Chess Week-End Championship». But there's more and this is what I would like to share with you. First, here are some comments that I've got from some of the participants:
«An applause to zugzwang67 for made this weekend tournament a reality. I really enjoy it :-)»
- Car0nte (who is, by the way, an official TD at the USCF!)
«I agree. I greatly enjoyed the week-end tournament. Thanks for all the hard work putting it together and getting it done.»
«Thank You and sign me up for the next weekend tournament :)»
- Car0nte (again!)
«Me to if ok.»
... and so on.
Those people are perfectly aware that slow chess is an efficient way to improve one's chess.
Also, I would like to point out the tremendous work done by NM Aww-rats durings this event. As a professionnal coach, he covered the whole(!) event by making 4 long instructionnal videos on it. The players were invited to request NM Aww-rats to analyse and comment on their games while they were playing. Those interested to watch those videos can have free access here:
A thousand thanks to NM Aww-rats! Your huge contribution surely added to the prestige of the tournament.
I won't lie. This is not something that I wish to do ad vitam eternam. The reason why I'm doing this is to make Chess.com realize that there are some people interested in playing long games on the internet. At some point, we need such tournaments to be automated.
Regarding this, I can officially notify that I will be running two (2) WEEK-END tournaments soon. We will split the world in two parts: a western part (The Americas/Europe/Africa/Western Asia) and an eastern part (the rest of the world). So we have:
- The «Western Hemisphere Slow Live WEEK-END Championship»
Round 1: Saturday, July 5 of 2014 @ 12:00 USA ET;
Round 2: Sunday, July 6 of 2014 @ 12:00 USA ET;
Round 3: Saturday, July 12 of 2014 @ 12:00 USA ET;
Round 4: Sunday, July 13 of 2014 @ 12:00 USA ET;
- The «Eastern Hemisphere Slow Live WEEK-END Championship»
Round 1: Saturday, July 5 of 2014 @ 00:00 USA ET;
Round 2: Sunday, July 6 of 2014 @ 00:00 USA ET;
Round 3: Saturday, July 12 of 2014 @ 00:00 USA ET;
Round 4: Sunday, July 13 of 2014 @ 00:00 USA ET;
Those interested to participate in one (or both) of these tournaments can post their related comment below.
Sylvain Courtemanche; aka zugzwang67