Slow LIVE Chess Week-End Tournaments at Time for a Chess Revolution

I have been wondering for some time about how to recreate an environnment similar to a slow 90|30 OTB week-end tournament on the internet. Of course, doing what we've been doing so far, that is, running slow LIVE tourneys with one game per week or one game every two weeks to be played, is not too bad. At least, this is slow 90|30 (or 45|45) LIVE chess, after all. This is close to slow OTB chess as long as one can recreate a surrounding that would be favourable to one's concentration span. 

However, playing one round per week or every two weeks is not to everyone's taste. That's ok for many of us, but for others, having to schedule a game in advance and actually play it seems to be complicated, if not out of reach. The high number of players who can't qualify to play regularly in those leagues, either because they can't negotiate the day and time for a game or simply show up for it is a clear indication of the snag that makes us lose tens of valuable slow LIVE players. This is something that I have been experimenting with for almost one year with DHLC and with my own group, the  Slow Live Chess Association

It's one of the members (Car0nte, an official TD in the USCF) in the SLCA who has hold my attention with an interesting(!) formula to recreate conditions similar to those of a slow OTB week-end tournament's: a slow LIVE 90|30 week-end event on! Yeah...! How simple! All of sudden, everything has become crystal clear. What better than a week-end tournament to get all the advantages of a week-end tournament!? Thus, it's been decided that we will organize a 4 round slow LIVE 90|30 week-end tournament that will take place Saturday, May 31 (rounds 1 & 2) and Sunday, June 1 (rounds 3 & 4). This very first 90|30 LIVE week-end tournament at will be specifically aimed at the Americas' time zone but any one can join and play. If the experience is conclusive, this formula might be spreaded in other time zones all over the world.

We may be about to be witness of a chess revolution at For those interested to know more about this or even sign up, feel free to join the Slow LIVE Chess Association by clicking our crest above. We will accept the late sign ups until two hours before round 1 begins.


Sylvain Courtemanche;

aka zugzwang67


  • 21 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    I commend you for running this. I am getting's attention on running automated tournaments, and bots can do this. Negotiating times to play is archaic. Too much work for TD. Yoiur efforts will help show there is a demand for automated long time control games.


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  • 22 months ago


    I suppose you have to be member?

    Its the way to go finaly someone is making it come true!



  • 22 months ago


    I think i may have worded my original comment without making it clear i was thanking zugzwang67:) My bad.

     Heworks tirelessly to create the best Slow Live Chess Club.

    Of course i was expressing my gratitude to Caronte for his input:)

  • 22 months ago



    GREAT IDEA and GREAT JOB you are doing.

    My admiration and respect. Wink

  • 22 months ago


    SmileyMileyMooMoo thank you for your kind words but I just bought the idea, all the hard work and merit are belong to zugzwang67 and he deserve all the credit for this to work.

    I completelly agree with you. I'm very new to the online chess and still prefering live OTB games, I come to this site with lots of expectations, most of them banished because playing in three online live tournaments and after three rounds I wont be able to play a single game yet; it's bizarre that I won all my games by OF.

    It's also true that we can't schedule live chess far in advance and I think that the only solution for many players like myself is to re-create live online OTB tourn. I'm gratefull to you for made this dream happens.


  • 22 months ago


    To a man who has single handedly created a thriving and excellently run club, i wish the best in your new endeavour to make it the best slow live club out there.

    Also, thankyou Caronte for bringing the idea to the table:)

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