tournament started. now what?

Franknj229
I entered my first daily tournament earlier today when 30 of the 32 spots were already filled. Now all the spots are filled and the pairings have been set. It certainly looks like the tournament has started, but there’s no indication of what I’m supposed to do. (I’ve read through the FAQs, by the way. Nothing explains what is confusing me right now.) I don’t know if it’s my turn, if I’m supposed to do something to get the game started... How will I know when it’s my turn if it’s not actually my turn. I don’t know if I’m white or black, or even if I’m playing both games simultaneously. There appears to be two separate game boards next to my pairing. One has an X above the board and the one next to it has an X below the board. Nothing happens when I tap the icons. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
KiwiTai

When a tournament starts, you should get a message from chess.com telling you that it has started. You will be able to find you game in your daily list of games. I think that this is your game https://www.chess.com/daily/game/221242534 but as you are playing Black you will have to wait until your opponent makes their first move.

Franknj229
So the two games we play against each other are not simultaneous? I play as black now, THEN I play as white after that game ends? Thanks for your help!
KiwiTai

In some tournaments you play both games one at a time, in others you play simultaneously. It depends on how the tournament director set up the tournament. 

BaronVonChickenpants
Franknj229 wrote:
So the two games we play against each other are not simultaneous? I play as black now, THEN I play as white after that game ends? Thanks for your help!

 

It's a setting on the tournament, you either play all your games at the same time or just one of each pair. If the latter once you finish you game the second will automatically start.

Franknj229
Hi all. Sorry to keep asking questions. I’m sure this will all make sense if my opponent ever makes a move. As far as I can tell, he’s down to 5 hours. Here’s the thing: It seems a lot more difficult to play in tournaments than in daily single games, from an ease of use standpoint. Right now, the only quick way I can seem to access my tournament is through the link KiwiTai provided above. When I use the drop down menu and click on “tournaments”, it shows me a list of tournaments available, as well as the tournaments I’ve entered that haven’t started yet, but the one that HAS started is not on the list anymore. There are additional steps I have to go through to find that tournament and see what’s going on in it. Surely there’s a more convenient way to keep up with the tournaments you’re playing in, no?
Franknj229
There are 16 groups in this tournament. My game is the only one that hasn’t started yet. Are you sure there’s not something I need to do to get things moving?
BaronVonChickenpants

Your game has started, it's just your opponents turn to move. They haven't moved yet. Once their clock runs out they will lose the game, and your second with them will start. You will be white in that second game. Make your move and wait for them to time out again happy.png  Welcome to Roind 2.

Franknj229

Well, my opponent finally made a move with a few minutes left on his clock, and I can see that it will be easy to keep up with my games. However, it still seems like a big inconvenience trying to check in on the tournament to see how it’s going. Can someone please tell me the steps you would take to look in on one of your tournaments? Right now, I can only find my current tournament by clicking the link KiwiTai provided above. Thanks!

BaronVonChickenpants

On this page you can sign up for tournaments and there is a section towards the bottom that shows your current tournaments 

https://www.chess.com/tournaments

 

Franknj229
Thank you, but how did you get to that page?
KiwiTai
Franknj229 wrote:
Thank you, but how did you get to that page?

Play > Tournaments

 

Also on your home screen you should be able to see the status of all your daily games, including your tournament games.

BaronVonChickenpants

Franknj229
Thanks again for the help. Ok, so now I can find my ongoing tournaments, but I don’t understand the “scoreboards”. Can someone please explain the symbols?

There are 4 players in my group. It seems we are all playing each other. The scoreboard has our names going down the left side, and across the top are the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, then a medal podium icon and a scale icon.

Under the numbers, there are various numbers and symbols. Some boxes have two tiny chessboards, some have a 1 or a 0 and a chessboard, some have an X, some have two 1s, etc. Under the medal podium and the scale, there are just numbers. I assume these are current positions or something, but I don’t know how they’re determined or what they tell me at this moment. One has a 5 in it.(?)

Thank you!
BaronVonChickenpants

The last two columns are that players score, and their tie break points. The 1 and 0 are the game results for that particular match up. 

Franknj229
Thank you for responding. I really do appreciate it. Could you be a little more specific though?

Here’s my current line in one of the tournaments I’m in:

In my first column, there’s a 1 on top and a blue/white chessboard below it. In my second column, there’s an X only. In my third column, there’s a 1 on top and another 1 below it. In my 4th column, there’s a blue/white chessboard on top and a gray/white chessboard below it. In the medal podium column, there’s a 3. And in the scale column, there’s a 6.

Specifically, what is the significance of the numbers and symbols, their locations within the boxes, their colors, etc?

Thanks again,

Frank
BaronVonChickenpants

So it's a matrix. Your first column reflects your score against whichever player is in the first row  The second column is your score against the person in the second row. It sounds like you are actually in the second row, the X reflects that combination would be you playing yourself, so the X shows there are no games needed. The two boards will link to the games in question. A 1 means that game is over and you won. A 0 means you lost. A blue boards means the game is still in progress. A grey board means that game is not yet started. It'll start automatically when you finish the first game against that same opponent. There are two boards in each section ad you play each opponent twice. 

BaronVonChickenpants

The medal column is that players score, 1 for a win 0 for a loss 0.5 for a draw. The scale is that person's tie break score. That's only used if two players get the same score. Its calculated by adding up the score of all players you have won against, and half the score of all players you drew against