Monday League Ladder Blog
Monday night saw 15 players participate in the evenings Chessanigans, The event was a 5 round swiss perhaps it ran a little long, the last game finishing at around 10, note for the future shave a couple of minutes off them time controls to ensure a 9:30pm conclusion. Congratulations go to Scott and Rauri who shared 1st place both taking the 10 league points.
Next week we will go back to the arena format with a 10 5 time control. I'll leave you with a pretty KGD played by James against Paul in his solo appearance for the tournament. Getting him onto the league scoreboard with a lazy 2 points.
Next week we will be trying for a 5 round swiss event 12 5.. We will need to attract 10 players to make it viable so I have set the start time 5 minutes later in case a quick revert to the Arena is required. It is never too late to get involved, only 1 player managed to compete in all of the preceding Monday nights and he netted only 6 points. Hope to see a few more members next Monday to enjoy a fun evening of chess action. Week 2: 12m+5s Swiss, 5 rounds. https://www.chess.com/live#t=1628316
Nice 'tourn' out tonight for the 1st week of our new league, 15 players. Congratulations to Rob and Paul who finished in =1st and netting the maximum 10 points in the Monday night League. Leo came in a close 3rd securing 9 points. Scott and Justin both netting 7 points with 4th and 6th respectively. Nigel collected 6 points in 5th. George and Pat collected 4 points each in 7th and 8th, Leonard 3 in 9th, Jason and Franco both 2 points in 11th and 12th and Greg 1 point in 10th. https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/monday-night-league-ladder-event-week-1-517532
Update for Rd 1
Monday Arena 10 5
A quick reminder that at 7:30pm Monday there will be a 10 5 Arena running for 2 hours. All members are encouraged to join in. Results will go towards the new chess league ladder. Division Assignments of players who have played in the last 10 weeks are listed below. I hope to add some more names to this list after round 1. If anyone feels strongly that there assignment is wrong let me know and we can discuss it.
From the 12th of October the Monday night events will be run as part of a weekly chess league, running for 10 weeks. It will be split into 2 with the club's Triathlon event and Christmas Break in the middle. Rounds 1 - 5 from the 12th of October to 9th of November. Rounds 6 to 10 from the 11th of January to the 8th of February. Depending on how it goes I'll try run 4 of these a year.
Tournaments will be as they have been rotating between swiss and arena formats of varying time controls.
I will publish the league ladder weekly before Thursday night club meets.
THE POINTS SYSTEM
The points system for the league will have a handicap structure so the race for the top is as wide open as possible. Players will be assigned into divisions and point adjustments allocated depending on the division they occupy. The maximum amount of points a player can win in any round is 10.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To participate nothing changes, Ballarat Chess Club Members and Associates just pop in to chess.com on a Monday night and play as you usually do in the regular Monday night tournaments.
BASE TOURNAMENT POINTS AWARDED
1st - 10 points 2nd - 9 points 3rd - 8 points 4th - 7 points 5th - 6 points 6th = 5 points
7th = 4 points 8th = 3 points 9th = 2 points 10th = 1 points.
RATING DIVISIONS AND CORRESPONDING POINT ADJUSTMENTS
Over 2400 -> -3 points || U/2400 -> -2 points || U/2200 -> -1 points || Division 1 = U/2000 no adjustment || Division 2 = U/1700 +1 point || Division 3 = U/1400 +2 points || Division 4 = U/1200 +3 points || Division 5 = U/1000 +4 points.
Division assignments are based on best chess.com rapid ratings over previous 90 days unless there is a huge discrepancy with ACF or FIDE then organiser reserves the right to assign players to divisions.
Assignment ratings can also be taken from other sources and will be considered in this order if rapid rating is not reliable.
ACF -> FIDE -> chess.com blitz
Prizes will be organised and announced soon. (I am thinking of book prizes at this stage though open for suggestions and donations ) for Best 1st, 2nd and 3rd etc and division prizes if the players division is not in the top finishers.
A Master winning all 10 tournaments would likely still win the event --- maybe But it opens the door for anybody no matter what strength with regular attendance and consistently good performances to be in a position to take final honours as Monday Night League Champion keeping in the spirit of the fun atmosphere the events has fostered to date.
As an example of the above structure they have been modelled here on the previous 10 tournaments and received the following results.
Modelled non actual Tournament on previous 10 Monday Night events.
Congratulations Nigel sorry no prizes on a model victory.