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Would you like the ICC to change the 3-minute pool into a 3+2 pool?
Yes, I’d like the pool Time control to be 3+2 50
No, I don’t want ICC to change the 3-minute pool 23
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3+2 Pool
Posted: 22 January 2016 04:00 PM   [ # 31 ]  
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Hi.

For the time being, ICC has decided to keep the pools as they are. Replacing the 3 0 pool with a 3+2 pool would not be possible, as many members have expressed their concern about this. Many people like to play the 3 0 pool. On the other hand, adding a new pool is not possible either, as it would spread the players too much, and it’d be hard to get a game. For now, ICC is sticking with the 1 0, 3 0, 5 0 pools (for blitz).
Thanks for all your posts and for keeping the discussion alive!

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Posted: 09 February 2016 02:30 AM   [ # 32 ]  
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Is it certain that to create a new pool would spread the players too much ? I mean I am sure it can be proven with a mathematical calculation if it’s feasible or not.

But in fact it’s a useless interrogation, as if players are waiting too much in one of the pools (5-minute, 3+2 and 3-minute), then they can click on another one of the three that would be available! So I don’t think it’s an issue to create a new pool, people won’t wait longer than if there were only 2 blitz pools. There would be more diversity in the art of practicing chess blitz! grin

Maybe admins are also afraid it would confuse people to see so many ratings categories…But there are already many, so 11 instead of 10 rating categories it’s not a problem either, and people are used to it on the ICC. Personnaly I see it as a strenght to the server rather than a weak point.

So as many people are begging for a pool with increment (3+2), I think ICC staff has to create it and not to remove one other pool!

People would be happy : everything would be for the best in the best of all possible chess worlds, right ?! wink 

I have to add just one thing: If despite my perfect reasoning(!!) on the subject, the 3+2 pool is not created, then another solution would be to encourage blitz tournaments with increment on the ICC.

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Posted: 28 August 2017 06:56 AM   [ # 33 ]  
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Please add a 3+2 pool option it seems to be a FIDE standard Blitz time format.

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Posted: 05 February 2018 03:06 AM   [ # 34 ]  
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Right. 3+2 is FIDE’s standard blitz time format, and all of the time controls for the USCF rated games have an increment on ICC. Yet, the pairing pools STILL don’t have an increment LOL! I can’t believe how stubborn ICC is being on this issue. They should have changed it literally 2+ years ago.

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