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  • #1

    Here is the news article about the rated tourneys:

    http://www.chess.com/news/chesscom-to-host-uscf-quick-rated-play-9414

    and here is the schedule from that (events show up 1 hour before the scheduled start):

    List current as of 2018

    USCF Monday Blitz:

    • USCF Blitz held every Monday at 3 p.m. Pacific, 6 p.m. Eastern
    • 5 rounds
    • 10 | 0 time control

    AND

    • USCF Blitz held every Monday at 8 p.m. Pacific, 11 p.m. Eastern
    • 7 Rounds
    • 5|0 time control

    USCF Wednesday Blitz:

    • USCF Blitz held every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Eastern
    • 7 rounds (fewer if not enough participants)
    • 3|2 blitz time control

    USCF Friday Rapid:

    • USCF Rapid held every Friday at 5 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Eastern
    • 5 rounds
    • 15|10 time control

    USCF Saturday (experimental, started 3/3/18, subject to change):

    • 11 am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern
    • Week 1: Blitz -- the most popular choice was 10|0
    • Week 2: Quick/ Rapid -- 15|2 -- open to changing the increment
    • Week 3: Blitz again? -- again, most popular request was 10|0
    • Week 4: Quick/Rapid -- 29/0
    • Week 5: depends, but likely 15|10
  • #2

    I really like the idea of USCF online play with a time control of 15/10. 

  • #3

    This is a pretty cool idea. Will they add more days?

  • #4
    Joseph_Truelson wrote:

    This is a pretty cool idea. Will they add more days?

    I'm not sure if more days are an option or not.

  • #5

    So does this actually affect your USCF rating?

  • #6
    Adamskrocki wrote:

    So does this actually affect your USCF rating?

    Yes, the USCF Online Rating for Quick and Blitz (for the matching Chess.com format).

  • #7

    Great work. I am excited to participate.

  • #8
    Martin_Stahl wrote:

    Here is the news article about the rated tourneys:

    http://www.chess.com/news/chesscom-to-host-uscf-quick-rated-play-9414

    and here is the schedule from that:

    USCF Wednesday Blitz:

    First event to be held Wednesday, March 25 USCF Blitz held every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Eastern 7 rounds (fewer if not enough participants) 3|2 blitz time control

    USCF Friday Rapid:

    First event to be held Friday, March 20 USCF Rapid held every Friday at 5 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Eastern 4 rounds 15|10 time control

    Are there sections to the tournaments based on USCF rating for pairing purposes?

    Thanks, Brian

  • #9

    There aren't any planned USCF long time control online tournaments, and I personally hope there never will.

  • #10
    Chessattackman wrote:

    If there is any long time control games, everyone's going to cheat so please don't do long time control.

    Do you think a player can't cheat with a 15/10 control?? Only if one is trying to do it using an old Atari maybe. lol :-)

  • #11

    Sure they can cheat in 15/10; why couldn't they? That being said, I won't avoid those time controls.

    If cheating is a concern, then I guess we can throw Dan Heisman's recommended 45/45 to the wind?

    My opinion is if they cheat, they cheat, I ain't gonna worry about it. It just gives me something better to study Cool

  • #12
    ChessSpawn49 wrote:

    Are there sections to the tournaments based on USCF rating for pairing purposes?

    Thanks, Brian

    It is just an Open, no sections.

  • #13
    ChessSpawn49 wrote:
    Chessattackman wrote:

    If there is any long time control games, everyone's going to cheat so please don't do long time control.

    Do you think a player can't cheat with a 15/10 control?? Only if one is trying to do it using an old Atari maybe. lol :-)

    There is more risk cheating in these events than there is on normal Chess.com games. All accounts are directly tied to a real person and there could be ramifications with the USCF if cheating occurs.

  • #14
    Martin_Stahl wrote:
    ChessSpawn49 wrote:

    Are there sections to the tournaments based on USCF rating for pairing purposes?

    Thanks, Brian

    It is just an Open, no sections.

    I'm rreally sorry to hear that. Hope you do sections down the road. 

  • #15
    Martin_Stahl wrote:
    ChessSpawn49 wrote:
    Chessattackman wrote:

    If there is any long time control games, everyone's going to cheat so please don't do long time control.

    Do you think a player can't cheat with a 15/10 control?? Only if one is trying to do it using an old Atari maybe. lol :-)

    There is more risk cheating in these events than there is on normal Chess.com games. All accounts are directly tied to a real person and their could be ramifications with the USCF if cheating occurs.

    My operating assumption is that cheating is rife in most chess.com games and ICC games. In fact, a few years back (around 2002, IIRC) I was accused, falsely, of using a computer in one game. So....I did a little experiment using the Chessmaster 10 engine. I set the program to the level of one of their lesser masters (a cool function that was fun to play with) and proceeded to play rated games for a week on ICC. I also varied the level each day up and down a bit. Never heard a word from the ICC speed trap police. Now, before the condemnations start flying, I notified the ICC administration and all of the players I played against, a few of whom I lost to and drew with, what had been done. My membership at ICC expired a few weeks later and I haven't been back as I really dislike the GUI over there. Never did get a response from ICC. 

     

    The human condition being what it is, and being trained as a lawyer, I simply assume the worst when the opportunity to cheat is present.  

  • #16

    Actually, the behavioral science research shows that most people respect honor systems when they are perceived as fair and are at least somewhat easy to monitor. I believe the freakanomics guys did something on this a few years ago. So I would assume that most people won't cheat. And as Martin Stahl said, it would be pretty risky to cheat in one of these joint events. You would have to expect quite a lot of scrutiny of the games, and if (and when) you were discovered, you would likely be banned from both USCF and Chess.com. Talk about chess ostracism! Who wants to go play on ICC?

    I wonder if there is anyone else interested in a Saturday or Sunday 15/10 event. I'd like to play, but Friday evenings aren't a great time slot for me.

  • #17

    Just signed up to join this group & looking forward to playing soon.  I'm not available for the blitz Wed but hopefully will be approved in time to play the quick rated time control on Friday. :)

  • #18
    Martin_Stahl wrote:
    Joseph_Truelson wrote:

    This is a pretty cool idea. Will they add more days?

    I'm not sure if more days are an option or not.

    Found out more information on this question. The current plan is to run as is for a while and then consider the possibility of increasing the number of tourneys based on the participation in the events.

  • #19
    ChessSpawn49 wrote:
    Martin_Stahl wrote:
    ChessSpawn49 wrote:
    Chessattackman wrote:

     

    did a little experiment using the Chessmaster 10 engine.human condition being what it is, and being trained as a lawyer, I simply assume the worst when the opportunity to cheat is present.  

    i played against one very obvious cheat in the first uscf online icc blitz event i participated in, do not think they were punished in any way; no other issues in the remainder of the 30 games i played.

  • #20

    I keep missing this...

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