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ICC News Item #1563

NEWS 1563 (29-Nov-01)Next Previous 4 2 Thematic Championship!

The is proud to present the December Special 
Championship.  This will be a Thematic tournament with time 
controls of 4 2.  For those not familiar with thematic play, 
the game is quite simple.  This is regular chess, but the 
first few moves are preplayed.  In Thematic tournaments, your 
wild rating is used for entry position (since thematic play 
is wild 21), but you blitz rating (since 4 2 time control) will
be affected by your play.  There will be 6 different openings
used during the Qualifiers.  The may be examined in the library
of the ICC account "Championship".

The 4 2 Thematic Championship starts December 2.  Like previous 
Championship events, this Championship consists of three stages:
Qualifiers, Candidates, and Open and Class 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 the day of the last
The 4 2 Thematic Champs will have an Under 2000 Final and an Under 1600
Final.  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 page listed below for eligibility requirements and other
details about the Class Finals.

The first stage will consist of 12 Qualifier events (7 round 4 2 
Swisses) during the week of December 2-8.  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!!  No pre-registration to play is required.
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.

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 schedule of 
Qualifiers is as follows (all times are server time.  To see 
server time while at, type "date") 

Week of Dec 2-8: 
SUN (Dec 2):     6am   Noon    7pm
MON (Dec 3):                   6pm 
TUE (Dec 4):            3pm    8pm 
WED (Dec 5):                   8pm 
THU (Dec 6):            2pm    6pm 
FRI (Dec 7):            3pm
SAT (Dec 8):     7am    2pm 

Exceptions to normal rules:  Since this is the first event, the selection
of finalists for the open section final will consist of the two top series
best, instead of the one top series best.

For complete rules of the 4 2 Thematic Championship,
along with a list of the openings in use, please visit (the web site for the Championships) or see 
finger Championship while on ICC.  We hope to see you in the 
Championship event!
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