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Time control

Some requests for clarification have been raised.

Fischer time control in OTB chess is used for many years and it’s normal. Chess players playing only correspondence chess may have a problem to understand correctly time control like this.

Time control for World Cup 21 is 30 days per game followed by 3 days EVERY 1 move (with duplication after 20 days).

It means that at the beginning of the game player has 30 days and then after each move 3 days is added. Time can be accumulated.

In comparison to standard time control:

  • First 10 moves: 30+3*10=60 average 60 days/10 moves
  • First 20 moves: 30+3*20=90 average 45 days/10 moves
  • First 30 moves: 30+3*30=120 average 40 days/10 moves
  • First 40 moves: 30+3*40=150 average 37,5 days/10 moves etc.

A time duplication (with regard to reflection time for one move) follows after a number of days (20 by default).

Following Playing Rules Server, article 6)b.:

Playing time is accounted for in whole days (24-hour periods). A player will have 24 hours of reflection time to respond to a move before one day of time is charged against his/her clock by the ICCF Webserver. Time charged against a player in responding to a move will be the whole number of days reflection time used by the player, up to 20 days, plus twice the whole number of days of reflection time used beyond 20 days, for any single move. For instance, a player who used at least 23 days of reflection time, but not 24 days, will be charged 26 days against his/her clock. Time remaining on a player’s clock, when reaching a time control, is carried forward. Both response time and reflection time are stopped during a valid leave.

Games to be completed

The system allows many different ways for games to be completed. Players are encouraged to be familiar with these methods, as it may be their responsibility to take action.

The system can automatically detect certain conditions, including checkmate or stalemate, exceeded the time limit or taken more than 40 calendar days for one move without notification. However, some situations require from a player to claim a result (through the option provided at the server from game window “Claim win” or “Claim draw” under “Game” pull down menu), for example:

  • win – if, say, position comes to 6-piece winning ending (in this case 50-move rule doesn’t apply)
  • draw – if, say, a threefold repetition or the 50-move rule has occurred or position comes to 6-piece drawish ending.

The system automatically detects correctness of a claim, then stops a game and enters a result.

Please remember that claim (of a draw or a win) has to be submitted when player is on move!

If in doubt, please communicate with TD in good time.

Time-troubles

There are few solutions to avoid time-trouble or game forfeited on time.

  • Better time management.
  • Take leave. Each player has 45 day leave per calendar year. So please take it (you can see it in green in your leave calendar window).
  • Submit “Use 40+ reflection” under “Game” pull down menu in your game window, if you have spare time and want to use reflection time more than 40 days.
  • It is better to inform TD about your problem, when you cannot continue your games instead of being silent. You may avoid suspension from ICCF events for longer period than 6 months, if accepted withdrawal (in case of not accepted withdrawal usually 1-year suspension, in case of silent withdrawal at least 2 years).

Fair play

Few excerpts from “Code of Conduct” should be reminded here in support of players’ awareness, because some behavioural issues happen again and again.

In 1984, ICCF adopted the motto “Amici sumus” (we are friends) and this is the underlying philosophy in setting behavioural standards for players, officials and member federations. This should prevail in all communications between players in a game of CC, between players and tournament directors, officials of ICCF and international contacts of member federations. Sending an abusive, obscene or objectionable communication is not acceptable, in any circumstances. […]

Whether it be in games with playing partners or with tournament directors, players are expected to be friendly in all communications, bearing in mind that we are playing a game, TDs are all volunteers and are all trying to promote international bonds of friendship and sportsmanship.

It is recommended that friendly messages are exchanged with playing partners at the start of a game/tournament and that such friendly exchanges continue throughout, until conclusion. Being generous in defeat and modest in victory are commendable virtues!

Players should observe the (…) rules carefully. [Ignorance (or unfamiliarity) of the rules cannot be plead as an excuse.]

Any disputes or claims by a player must, in the first instance, be communicated to the official TD of the tournament (except in team events, where the team captain should be the point of contact). The facts must be clearly reported and a player should avoid creating any unnecessary antagonism towards a partner, even when disputes occur. Abusive remarks have no place in ICCF philosophy.

Wherever possible, players should try amicably to resolve any problem quickly with a playing partner, before referring the matter to the TD (or TC).

Extending of a game

It is good practice to finish game in good time, especially when it comes to 6-piece ending (but not exclusively). Sometimes players hesitate to come to an agreement, but please be aware that Nalimov Endgame Tablebases (EGTB) for 6 pieces (or less) are accessible online (e.g. Knowledge4IT or ChessOK) for everybody. So extending of a game is not fair or worse – might be suspicious when ending goes to a different conclusion from EGTB. Both cases might be considered by TD as behavioural issues.

ICCF Rules

ICCF Rules Valid from 1 2 3
Code of Conduct 2014-01-01 x
ICCF Tournament Rules 2015-01-01 x
Playing Rules Server 2015-01-01 x
Playing Rules Guidelines 2015-01-01 x
ICCF Arbiters Manual 2011-01-01 x
ICCF TD Manual 2016-01-01 x
FIDE Laws of Chess 2014-07-01 x

Legend:

  1. World Cup 21 preliminaries;
  2. World Cup 21 semi-finals;
  3. World Cup 21 final;

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