ICC News Item #1516
The Chessclub.com 5 0 Championship starts June 3. Like other blitz Championships, there will be three stages of the Championship. The first stage consists of 12 Qualifiers (8 round 5 0 swisses) during the week of June 3-9. The second stage will take place the weekend of June 16-17 and will consist of 2 closed Candidates events and two Class Finals (Under 2000 and Under 1600). The last stage consists of the Chessclub.com 5 0 Finals, open to the top finishers in the Candidates. Twelve players will duke it out in a round robin event for the title of Chessclub.com 5 0 Champion. Defending champion MrUnknown is seeded into the 5 0 Finals. The Qualifier stage is open to all, but qualification is needed to advance to later stages. Free trial members are invited to play in the first stage, but they cannot advance to later stages without registering for a paid membership by midnight on Saturday, June 9. The top 3 finishers in EACH individual Qualifier and top 6 in overall Qualifier "series" (cumulative score from all qualifiers combined) earn invitations to the Candidates Stage. Alternate spots will be given to those who just miss out on qualifying. The 5 0 Champs will have two class champions. The top four finishers rated under 2000 and under 1600 in each Qualifier will be invited to the respective Class Finals. Please see the web site listed below for eligibility requirements and other details about the Class Finals. The schedule of Qualifiers is as follows (all times are server time. To see server time while at Chessclub.com, type "date") Week of June 3-9 SUN (Jun 3): 6am Noon 7pm MON (Jun 4): 6pm TUE (Jun 5): 3pm WED (Jun 6): 3pm 9pm THU (Jun 7): 7pm FRI (Jun 8): 3pm 8pm SAT (Jun 9): 7am 2pm All Qualifiers will be held on LittlePer in channel 225. There are no limits to the number of Qualifiers you can participate in. Play in as many Qualifiers as you can!! The 8pm Qualifier on Friday will replace the normally scheduled Blitz event at the same time. This qualifier will be held on Tomato. No pre-registration is required for the Qualifiers. To play in a Qualifier tourney, just show up and type "tell LittlePer join !" when the Qualifier is open. For general info about tournaments, see "help Tomato". For complete rules of the Chessclub.com Championship, please visit: http://www.innova.net/~diggold/newbie/champs/start.html We hope to see you in the Championship!