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ICC Help: STtourney


           Play one round each Tuesday (4 Rounds each Month)
               ***    WIN  P R I Z E S!   ***

***ATTENTION: The tournament is run on automated bots. ***
   Automated bots used:  Pear -- for Open Sections.
                                        Automato -- for U1500 Sections.

                          Four-Round Swiss -  Rated Games
                          Time Control: 60 0
      Six Sections:
      Three different times with two sections in each:
          (All times listed are ICC Server Time)

            2pm:   Open
                        U1500  -  * (If 8 or more players join at the start of the tourney)

            8pm:  Open
                       U1500   -  * (If 8 or more players join at the start of the tourney)

            11pm:  Open
                        U1500  -  * (If 8 or more players join at the start of the tourney)

   There are six sections to make playing convenient for people in different time zones,
   and to allow you to play against others near your rating.

  * (The U1500 Sections must have 8 players to run that section ... If not
     all players can join the Open Section - All prizes will still be awarded)

** To play in the U1500 sections, your ICC standard rating must be
below 1500 and your "Best" Standard Rating must be below 1800 at entry.
Provisional rated players may only enter the open section.  At the TM's
discretion, you may be entered into the open section regardless of your
current standard rating based on other ICC ratings and performance. **

        Open section:    First Place -- Three months ICC membership
                                   Best U2000  -- Two months ICC membership
                                   Best U1700  -- Six weeks ICC membership

        U1500 section:  First Place -- Two months ICC membership
                                   Best U1300  -- One month ICC membership

Your ICC Standard rating at entry determines your prize eligibility.
If you are provisional at that time, you are not eligible for any 
class prize, only for First Place in the Open Section. 
Class Prizes are not awarded to players who have a recent 
"Best" Standard Rating that exceeds that Class Rating by 300 points or more.
(The Chief TM will determine if Best Standard Rating is still relevant)

       Prize distribution in each section is as follows:

First Place: Divided by all 1st place winner(s) regardless of rating.
Best-U2000: Divided by best equal score players rated 1700-1999.
Best-U1700: Divided by best equal score Open players rated under 1700.
Best-U1300: Divided by best equal score U1500 players rated under 1300.

** You must be an active player to win a prize.  If you forfeit without
 returning before the tourney ends you are not eligible for any prize.
 (You can request a "0" point Bye with a message to STtourney) **

*** You may play any or all of the tourneys each month (2pm, 8pm, or 11pm)
       however you can only win one Prize per month. ***

          !!! You enter (Join) before your section start time !!!

ICC Channel 32 is the STtourney Channel so please add that channel by
typing: "+ch 32".  Tourney information is announced in this channel
(including when the Tourney is Open for entry).  The Section TM will
also monitor this channel for STtourney questions.

   All Open Sections are managed by the Pear Bot       "+ch 227"  
   All U1500 Sections are managed by Automato Bot   "+ch 226"

* JOINING *  When the tourney is announced as "Open" in Channel 32,
 join by typing:
               /Tell Pear Join  - (To Join the Open Section)
               /Tell Automato Join  - (To Join the U1500 Section)

* Verify *
  To check your tourney status in any bot tourney type:
 /Tell 220 Status  You should see: (. Waiting ) - If you see:
(No  isn't one of my players) or ( # Forfeit ) ...  you
should inform the TM in channel 32.

Once entered you are registered for the entire month unless you are
forfeited out or withdrawn (on request). If you are forfeited or 
withdrawn, a "#" sign will appear to the left of your handle in the 
players list (See above).  In this case, try /tell pear latejoin or 
/tell automato latejoin  If this does not seem to work, notify your
Tournament Manager (TM) by typing:  /Tell 32 Help, I can't join.

Players are also added to the STtourney Group so the TM can send group
messages with tourney information.  If you are in the tourney but not
yet added to the Group, ask the Section TM to add you.  If you do not
want Group messages ask the section TM to remove you or message
STtourney asking to be removed from the group.

All games are scheduled for Tuesday.  Playing Time depends on your
section and is ICC Server Time.  Type: /date on ICC to see the current
server time and compare it to your own time to avoid misunderstanding.

*Procedure For Playing*: Show up 15 minutes prior to the scheduled
time of your game. Please join and Verify as listed above.

The Open Section robot "Pear" or U1500 Section robot "Automato" will
spoof you with a match command against your opponent at starting time.
You just have to "accept" the prompt (click it) to start your game.

If your opponent is not present the Section TM will notice this and 
forfeit your opponent when necessary (please be patient).
The same process applies if your opponent is here, but is not accepting.

Pairings are posted by the tournament robot at the start of each round.
You will get a Bot Prompt to start your game.

***** Notice *****  To avoid players being stood up by a No-Show,
Only those players who are on ICC at game start time will be paired!

During the round, you can see standings by typing the following command:
  /Tell pear grid  -  (if you are in an Open section)
  /Tell automato grid - (if you are in an U1500 section)

You can also see the standing on the web by clicking on the links in the 
TM accounts: /finger St2pm-TM  -  /finger St8pm-TM  -  /finger St11pm-TM

The completed standings and winners are linked in the StWinners account:
Type:  /finger Stwinners


a. USCF rules will be used for cases not handled automatically by
   ICC code (within the limitations of internet play).

  Latejoin is allowed prior to round four.  Players get a half-point Bye 
  for the first round if latejoining before the start of the 2nd round.
  All other rounds have a "0" point Bye.

  * In case of uneven number of players, one player will 
  receive a full-point Bye for that round. The manager of the 
  tournament cannot set who will receive such a Bye; it is done 
  automatically by the Bot. *

  Any player who does not appear for a round will be forfeited from the tourney.
  Re-Entry after a missed round is possible if you: 
    - Show up 15 minutes before to the next round starts and type:
      /Tell 32  TM, Please add me back into the tourney
      ***  You need to do that BEFORE the next round is paired.  ***
  * NOTICE *  Only players present at game time will be paired.
  If you are in the tourney but not present you will be forfeited at
  game start time. If you not an active player in the final round, you
  can't win a prize (notify STtourney for "0" point bye requests).

    Rescheduled games are no longer possible.

  If a player disconnects, he or she is usually given 15 minutes to  
  reconnect.  Players who do not return within 15 minutes
  or suffer numerous disconnections will forfeit the game
  (at the TM's discretion).  Every effort must be made to finish
  the disconnected game per ICC rules however that result will
  not replace STtourney result. 
  If your opponent disconnects frequently during the game
  please notify the TM.  The TM will forfeit any player for
  frequent disconnects if it is disruptive.

  Absolutely no aid from computer-playing programs is allowed.
  If ICC management suspects (we do not need to prove) computer
  use, you may be banned from all future Standard Tourneys.
  Also, people who have ever been "busted" by the ICC computer
  detection group are ineligible to play, even if they are no
  longer using computer programs on the ICC.  You may not receive
  assistance from other chess players during your games.  You may
  not have someone else play on your ICC account for you.  Either
  of these violate not only the STtourney rules, but also the ICC
  user agreement, and may result in banning from the ICC.

   All forfeits and set-games are at the managers discretion however
   the Bot does the pairings so they can't be changed .

  In general, the manager will forfeit players who are not present at
  game start time to avoid having others wait for a No-Show opponent.
  This forfeit is without penalty but to re-join a player must latejoin
  a later round or ask the TM for help in re-joining the tourney.
  In particular, if you missed your game in the previous round, but 
  want to play in the current round, make sure you inform the TM in time
           (*** Before Pairings are made at game time***). 
      Otherwise you will not be paired for the current round.

i. DR Points
  Note that there are so called "dr-points" that can be given to players
  who are forfeited from the tournament for disruptive behavior.  When a
  player accumulates too many dr-points, he/she can be denied entry to 
  STtourney and other tournaments on ICC for a duration of one or more weeks.
  We also reserve the right to ban players from future STtourneys, 
  even if the player has not accumulated the amount of "dr-points" which
  normally leads to them being banned from tournaments on ICC.  

  If you wish to leave the tourney for any reason type: /tell  
  Leave ... if leaving after a completed game so you can play in 
  another  Bot tourney, please let the Section TM know and make sure 
  you are joined again before the next round begins.

The tournament manager oversees the tournament. He/she can make rulings 
on particular games or forfeit players from the tournament at his/her 
discretion. This applies in particular to situations of late starting,
lag problems, or disconnected players.

       Chief TM: chesskix
       Admin TM: BillScotty
       Section TMs: (2pm - chesskix) - (8pm -Birdsman) - (11pm - Andrey)

   *** Don't forget to watch Channel 32 "+ch 32" for announcements. ***