Internet Club Night and Open Events

While the coronavirus is disrupting local face-to-face chess, Ringwood Chess Club is offering members and other local players the chance to play internet chess together on the free https://lichess.org/ internet chess server.

Monday evenings are Ringwood club nights - solely for members of Ringwood Chess Club.

Wednesday evenings and Friday & Saturday afternoons are open to members of all local clubs (including Ringwood!)

 
Once you are set up (see below) you will be able to see a detailed schedule by going to https://lichess.org/team/me which will show the forthcoming tournaments in detail.

 

Monday Evening – Ringwood Club Night

Two events will be held

    WhenDurationRatelichess rated
    7:30 - 8:30pm60 MinutesRapidplay (7 min + 3 sec increment)Yes
    8:45 - 9:45pm60 minutesBlitz (3 min + 3 sec increment)Yes

These will be Arena events, which is a bit like a tournament except without normal rounds. As soon as you have finished a game you will be eligible for pairing in your next game.  More information on Arena events, including how they are scored, is given at the bottom of the page.   You can play in an Arena event even if you arrive a little late.

See below for how to join in these events.

Wednesday Evening - Open Events

Two events will be held

    WhenDurationFormatlichess rated
    7:30-8:30 pm60 minutesBlitz (5 mins + 3 sec increment)
    Thematic (specified opening)
    No
    8:45-9:45 pm60 minutesBlitz (3 mins + 3 sec increment)
    Normal
    Yes

These will be Arena events, which is a bit like a tournament except without normal rounds. As soon as you have finished a game you will be eligible for pairing in your next game.  More information on Arena events, including how they are scored, is given at the bottom of the page.   You can play in an Arena event even if you arrive a little late.

See below for how to join in these events.

They are intended for players from local clubs rather than the general public and players are admitted to the events at the sole discretion of Ringwood Chess Club.

Friday & Saturday Afternoon - Open Events

One event will be held

    WhenDurationFormatlichess rated
    2:00-3:30 pm90 minutesBlitz (5 mins + 3 sec increment) Yes

This will be an Arena event, which is a bit like a tournament except without normal rounds. As soon as you have finished a game you will be eligible for pairing in your next game.  More information on Arena events, including how they are scored, is given at the bottom of the page.   You can play in an Arena event even if you arrive a little late.

See below for how to join in these events.

They are intended for players from local clubs rather than the general public and players are admitted to the events at the sole discretion of Ringwood Chess Club.

How to play in our lichess events

This is a four step process.   The first three steps must be completed only once and are best done at least a day or two before your first online Ringwood evening.   Step 4 is entering a specific event, so must be done for each event you wish to play in.

Step 1: Set up your free lichess account

If you don't already have a lichess account set one up here.

You will get a screen like the one below

Add your details, slide the sliders to the right to accept the terms and conditions and click the register button.
Your account is then set up.

Step 2: Put your real name on your account profile

You don't have to do this, but it is really helpful if you add your real name to your account, so people can see who is who.   Once you are logged in you can do this by
o Clicking on your user name in the top right hand corner
o Click the Profile menu option
o Click the settings button as shown in the screen capture
o Enter your real name on the next screen.

 

Step 3: Join the right "team" or "teams" on lichess.

lichess calls them teams but for our purposes they are just groups that allow us to play together.

If you are a member of Ringwood Chess Club and want to play in the Monday night events then go to  https://lichess.org/team/ringwood-chess-club and request to join the Ringwood Chess Club “team”. This group is administered by Andy Baskett (username eggsie), and if you identify yourself clearly to him as a Ringwood Chess Club member he will add you to the group. Please allow Andy a day or so to do this.

If you want to play in any of the Open events  (Wednesday night or Friday & Saturday afternoons) then go to https://lichess.org/team/ringwood-chess-tournaments and request to join the Ringwood Chess Tournaments "team", filling in your real name and club. This group is administered by Martin Clancy (username Wingwood) and he will add you to the group. Please allow Martin a day or so to do this.

Ringwood players please note that if you want to play on both club nights and open events  then you must join both teams.

The screen captures below show the process for joining the Open events group and of course it is almost identical for the Monday group.

Click on the join button in the screen above and you will get a screen like the one below.

Add your name and club to the message, solve the chess puzzle by moving the correct piece, and hit the blue join team button.   Then you are done and can sit back and wait for Andy or Martin to approve your application.

Once your application is approved you can...

 

Step 4: Join an Event

You will need to do this for each event you want to enter.   As soon as Andy or Martin has set an event up you can join it, or you can join it a minute before it starts, or even after it has started!   Below is an example of joining a test event called "Ringwood Test Winaawer Arena" which Martin set up.

Firstly from within lichess, hightlight the Community menu option and click on the Teams  sub-menu.   You will get a screen like the one below which shows which teams you are a member of.

Pick the pick team that you want (Ringwood Chess Club for Mondays and Ringwood Chess Tournaments for Wednesdays abd Fridays) and click on it.   You will get a screen showing information about that team, including what events are set up for it.

If a future event is available click on it.   In this case Ringwood Test Winawer is a future event and clicking on it gives the following screen.

Then all you have to do is click on the green Join button and you are entered into the event.

Information on Arena Events

How are scores calculated?

A win has a base score of 2 points, a draw 1 point, and a loss is worth no points.
If you win two games consecutively you will start a double point streak, represented by a flame icon.
The following games will continue to be worth double points until you fail to win a game.
That is, a win will be worth 4 points, a draw 2 points, and a loss will still not award any points.

For example, two wins followed by a draw will be worth 6 points: 2 + 2 + (2 x 1)

Arena Berserk

When a player clicks the Berserk button at the beginning of the game, they lose half of their clock time, but the win is worth one extra tournament point.

Going Berserk in time controls with an increment also cancels the increment. (1+2 is an exception, it gives 1+0)

Berserk is not available for games with zero initial time (0+1, 0+2).

Berserk only grants an extra point if you play at least 7 moves in the game.

How is the winner decided?

The player(s) with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament's set time limit will be announced winner(s).

When two or more players have the same number of points, the tournament performance is the tie break.

How does the pairing work?

At the beginning of the tournament, players are paired based on their rating.
As soon as you finish a game, return to the tournament lobby: you will then be paired with a player close to your ranking. This ensures minimum wait time, however you may not face all other players in the tournament.
Play fast and return to the lobby to play more games and win more points.

How does it end?

The tournament has a countdown clock. When it reaches zero, the tournament rankings are frozen, and the winner is announced. Games in progress must be finished, however they don't count for the tournament.

Other important rules.

There is a countdown for your first move. Failing to make a move within this time will forfeit the game to your opponent.

Drawing the game within the first 10 moves will earn neither player any points.