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Would you watch this tournament on Twitch?
Yes 50%  50%  [ 5 ]
No harm in checking it out at least once. 40%  40%  [ 4 ]
Depends on the starting player. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
No 10%  10%  [ 1 ]
I won't watch because of the fast time-controls. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Other, please specify in a post. 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Post subject: [IDEA] Go blitz tournament with cash prizes
Post #1 Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:17 pm 
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Hi there,

even before John Fairbairn's thread Chess vs go in lockdown, I was musing about organising a go blitz tournament by combining chess.com's Speed Chess Championship and Total Biscuit's SHOUTcraft Kings.

In Fairbairn's thread I wrote that all go players I know, play on the internet anyway. But online go as a spectator sport is still somewhat wanting (though there are quite a few more go streamers on Twitch now).

So I thought of ways to get something fun, engaging, thrilling and action packed while supporting players and streamers of go.

A go blitz tournament:

    Games are played on OGS and broadcasted by me on my Twitch channel (https://www.twitch.tv/sdn_desu). Co-host possible. I'll probably use a Lizzie overlay for analysing and lazy estimating the win-percentages.

    Starting player will be made known beforehand.

    Pairings will not be known beforehand but are chosen by me on the fly. (I'll contact players beforehand and ask if they are willing to play in a specific time-frame. Communications will probably run through Skype.)

    We'll play best-of-three with decreasing time controls.
      First game: 5 minutes main time, 7 seconds Fischer - a win brings 1 point
      Second game: 3 minutes main time, 5 seconds Fischer - a win brings 0.75 points
      Third game: 1 minute main time, 5*10 byo-yomi - a win brings 0.5 points

    Each best of three has EUR 22,50 prize money and will be split among the players according to the points scored (PayPal). (So we will always play all three games but points will determine the winner.)

    Winner stays and plays the next best of three against an opponent chosen by me.

    Players will be (for now) 5d+ and either known to me, known to people I trust or publicly known (ie streamers).

    Depending on how long the games last, the tournament will end after around two hours or if I run out of opponents.

    There will be various forms of chat interactions like "re-buys" of players who lost a best-of-three through donations and polls before each best-of-three, who will win, with some prize to the user with the most correct guesses.

So far the raw idea... (I already made some more rules pertaining disconnects and cheating but let's keep in concise for now.)

Now a little poll for my target audience: Does such a tournament actually interest you?

Please also add a clarifying post to your vote : )

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Post #2 Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:24 pm 
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I’d be interested in playing, if you need players.

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Post #3 Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:22 am 
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I will need players and will get back to you - thanks! : )

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Post #4 Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:17 pm 
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Blitz is fun but Fischer is not.

A tournament on OGS demands clarification of the scoring system and tournament rules for overriding wrong automatic OGS scoring by human referees.

Online, prizes and AI? Hm.

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Post #5 Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:29 am 
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Just as a counter point: Blitz is fun, but only with Fischer time.

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Post #6 Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:31 am 
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A first draft of the rules is now available: https://senseis.xmp.net/?SoDesuNe%2FIKotH

Any suggestions or comments are welcome!

I'll start contacting players soon.

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Post #7 Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:13 am 
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"Rules: Japanese" is ambiguous. Which Japanese ruleset?

Since the organiser issues prizes and acts as a referee, his real name ought to be known.

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Post #8 Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:09 am 
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RobertJasiek wrote:
"Rules: Japanese" is ambiguous. Which Japanese ruleset?


There is only one ruleset named "Japanese" on OGS and - in a very quick search - I couldn't find a detailed description of it. Needless to say those "Japanese" rules will be used in this tournament.

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Post #9 Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:49 am 
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Since the server's declaration of rules as "Japanese" is ambiguous, it is the tournament organiser's duty to clarify by declaring a context ruleset (such as Verbal European-Japanese Rules) as interpretation.

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