FIDE approves hybrid format for World Cup 2021 qualifiers

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3/6/2021 – FIDE has announced that, as the epidemical situation remains complicated all over the World, a significant number of qualifiers will be held in the hybrid format. This decision is considered inevitable and exceptional. | Pictured: Ding Liren at the Danzhou Tournament, an online event in which the Chinese participants played from the Country Garden Havana Holiday Hotel. | Photo: Liang Ziming

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Inevitable and exceptional

Press release by the International Chess Federation

FIDE chess

FIDE approves proposals of the four Continental Federations related to their qualification structures for the next FIDE World Cup to be held in July 2021.

As the epidemical situation remains complicated all over the World, a significant number of qualifiers will be held in the hybrid format. This decision is considered inevitable and exceptional in order to enable the qualification process.

Specific Technical Requirements

(In addition to the Online Chess Regulations, Part III b)

Tournament Regulations

The specific tournament regulations shall be approved by GSC.

Arbiters

Arbiters for each playing venue are nominated by the Continental Presidents in consultation with GSC.

According to Art. 16.8 of the FIDE Online Chess Regulations, at least two arbiters will be appointed for each playing venue: a Local Chief Arbiter (LCA) and a Local Technical Arbiter (LTA).

If there are more than 10 players in a playing venue, then one additional arbiter is required for every 10 extra players or part thereof.

Supervision

In each playing venue, the necessary number of panoramic cameras shall be installed to ensure ample supervision. Additionally, each player shall be supervised by a camera (web or panoramic).

In each playing venue, if the playing devices are not provided by the Local Organizer, Zoom calls with screen sharing are mandatory. The event’s Chief Arbiter shall be provided with all Zoom recordings.

OTB games

In case two players playing from the same playing venue are paired together, LCA may decide the game between them to be played over the traditional board. Such a decision may be taken, only if the playing conditions are suitable and both players agree. Then, for such games, the FIDE Laws of Chess shall apply.

Time control 

Time control shall not be less than 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1, or 120 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

International titles

International title norms and direct titles are unavailable.

Rating calculations

(Decision pending)


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lajosarpad lajosarpad 3/7/2021 02:32
I agree with the necessity of hybrid events. However, I believe that players' access to computers during the game is the precise thing we wanted to avoid so far. Since we cannot do without computers if players are far from each-other (and they cannot meet without risk), I think that:

1. The venue should not allow players to bring in their own computers, USB drives, or anything
2. The venue should provide the players with computers instead
3. A firewall should be at place which would not allow requests from computers, except to a single web-place, that is, a local machine which would act as a proxy for move transmission, in order to avoid any illicit web requests
4. The computers should have keyloggers installed

These hard safety measures would help a lot against cheating.
lwquig lwquig 3/7/2021 06:11
No Robert Ris for a month. I won't subscribe again. Ris was the best content.
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