MONTHLY STANDARD TOURNAMENTS!
Play 4 rounds, one game each Tuesday.
P R I Z E S!
236th Tournament: July 5, 12, 19, 26
237th Tournament: August 2, 9, 16, 23
238th Tournament: September 6, 13, 20, 27
239rd Tournament: October 4, 11, 18, 25
240th Tournament: November 8, 15, 22, 24
241st Tournament: December 6, 13, 20, 27
***ATTENTION: The tournament is run on automated bots. ***
Automated bots used: Pear -- for Open Sections.
Automato -- for U1500 Sections.
I. TOURNAMENT FORMAT:
Time Control: 60 0
Three different times with two sections in each:
(All times listed are ICC Server Time)
2PM ET: Open
U1500 (Under 1500)
8PM ET: Open
U1500 (Under 1500)
11PM ET: Open
U1500 (Under 1500)
There are six separate sections to make playing convenient
for people in different time zones, and to allow you to play
against others near your rating.
*** 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 TDs
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 "Best"
Standard Rating that exceeds that Class Rating by 300 points or more.
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 may only win a Prize in one section per tourney. ***
!!! You enter (Join) just 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 TD 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 <handle> isn't one of my players) or ( # Forfeit ) ... you
should inform the TD 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 Director (TD) by typing: /Tell 32 Help, I can't join.
Players are also added to the STtourney Group so the TD can send group
messages with tourney information. If you are in the tourney but not
yet added to the Group, ask the Section TD to add you. If you do not
want Group messages ask the section TD to remove you or message
STtourney asking to be removed from the group.
V. DATE/TIME OF GAME AND STARTING A GAME:
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 click a button to send it or accept one sent to you.
If your opponent is not present the Section TD will notice this and
post a notice in Channel 32 that you can claim a forfeit win after 15
minutes. You have the choice to keep waiting or request a forfeit win.
The same process applies if your opponent is here, but is not accepting.
VI. PAIRINGS AND RESULTS:
Pairings are posted by the tournament robot at the start of each round.
If you play your game at the scheduled time, there is no longer a need
to report the result to the TD. This is only necessary, if you and your
opponent agreed to reschedule the game to a later date.
***** 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)
a. USCF rules will be used for cases not handled automatically by
ICC code (within the limitations of internet play).
Late entry is permitted up to the second round with a half-point Bye
for the first round. If you are joining before the start of the 2nd
round type: /Tell <Bot> latejoin and you will get a 1st round Bye.
Late round Byes are zero points but please avoid a forfeit by
requesting them in advance by message to STtourney and/or Section
TD/Manager. 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.
A player who does not appear for a round (or a rescheduled match)
without prior notification can be forfeited from the tournament at
the discretion of the tournament manager. Re-Entry after a missed
round is possible if you: Show up 15 minutes before to the next round
starts and type: /Tell 32 TD, Please add me back into the tourney
(Open or U1500) 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 not encouraged. The automated bots will
not publish pairings ahead of time so playing before time is not
possible. Both players must be present at the round start time but
they can then agree to play their game at a later point in time.
BOTH players must send STtourney a message regarding the time and
date the game will be played. The TD will set the result of the
game to ".5 - .5" until the game is played.
Rescheduled games must be played and reported in a message BY BOTH
PLAYERS to STtourney before 10PM on the Sunday before the next
round. If a rescheduled game is not played and neither player
reports the results, it will remain a draw as scored. The TD will
set the results of all rescheduled games before the start of the
If a player disconnects, he or she is given 15 minutes to
reconnect. Players who do not return within the 15 minutes
forfeit that game upon request from their opponent. Every
effort must be made to finish the disconnected game per ICC
rules however that result shall not replace STtourney forfeit
result. If your opponent disconnects frequently during the game
please notify the TD. The TD will forfeit any player for
frequent disconnects if it is disruptive.
f. COMPUTERS And/Or OTHER ASSISTANCE
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.
g. REQUESTING SET-GAME / FORFEIT WINS
Only players who are on ICC (at 2pm, 8pm, and 11pm) and entered
into one of the sections will be paired. If your opponent fails to
or refuses to start 15 minutes after the round has begun you may
claim a win by forfeit. Type: /Tell 32 TD, I request a forfeit in my
game with (xxxx). Players may give up their right to claim this win
(and wait) to play an opponent. They may also agree to reschedule
the Game but if so their game will be treated as any other
Rescheduled game and is subject to the same policy. If both players
fail to start their game 15 minutes after the round starts and have
not messaged STtourney about rescheduling, then the game will be
scored "0-0" and both players risk being forfeited from the entire
tournament. All forfeits and set-games are at the managers
discretion however the Bot does all the pairings so they can't be
changed once the round has started.
h. NO-SHOW POLICY
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 TD for help in re-joining the current
In particular, if you missed your game in the previous round, but
want to play in the current round, make sure you inform the TD 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.
j. LEAVING / WITHDRAWAL
If you wish to leave the tourney for any reason type: /tell <Bot>
Leave ... if leaving after a completed game so you can play in
another Bot tourney, please let the Section TD 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.