please find enclosed the list of all 40 registrations, we
received for the upcoming "1st IC Freestyle Masters". SEE BELOW
That's how the start list will most probably look like,
though usually there will be some small changes, as not all players show up (or
at least not in time, please be already there at 18:00 CET for version
check; start is 19:00 CET). Also we might see further players who like
to join in.
At the start of the tournament we will also publish the real names behind
The Technical Manager, Mr. Sajeer, will assistant us as
usual. He came just back from his vacation and contacted me. The
Freestyle Masters Room will be created in time.
Please be aware that - due to incomplete server software - the
pairings are not started by the server, but individually by the
players; usually White will send a challenge to the opponent. This is
what you have to do, after the TD (myself) starts the round:
1) click on your opponent's name
2) click on "challenge"
3) set the times correctly: 75 minutes + 15 seconds
4) click on "unrated game" and choose "White" (if you are playing
The pairings will be shown on the info site (same room, left beside the
players list) and may be additionally in the chat.
In case of individual disconnections for any reasons you
have to restart the interrupted games by yourself, as the server (and the TD) is
not ready yet to restart games. Usually the player, who got not disconnected,
will be able to click on the button "resume game" after his
opponent is back on the server or back in the room.
Please, if you face any problem with the server during a
game, do not log out without the permission of the TD and without
informing your opponent, as this would raise the suspicion of a
Normally you should be able to solve a technical problem, in case you had
to go offline or you had been disconnected, within 10 minutes.
If you don't reconnect within that time, the TD may decide on a loss against
you. The same might be the case, if someone is individually disconnected
for more than two times and thus causes big problems with the
game. Yet, there will be no automatism, the TD will check carefully each
situation and try to find fair solutions together with the players.
If both players get disconnected for any reason, it might
be impossible to resume the game. In that case they should start a new game and
just repeat the moves, while they also would have to simulate the correct times.
If you think, the server causes any wrong decision on a game, just
contact the TD, please, as he will immediately check the situation and
may be correct a wrong decision. (In some cases players experienced that the
server asked them to "resign", when they wanted to close a window of an already
finished game. (So, e.g. might the winner be asked to "resign", though is
opponent is mated. Such a bug is of course without meaning for the result. The
TD accepts and registrates only correct results, no matter what the server will
show in the 'games list').
In case, there might be any bigger troubles like a server crash (though not
to expect), stay please patiently and wait for new instructions after logging in
As this is a Freestyle event, you should be playing in centaur
mode (that's the first you activate, when you enter the Freestyle
Masters Room, click on "edit" and then "play mode"). As a centaur you are able
to load an engine to your tournament game. So far the engine
window has a specific size and cannot be moved to another place. If you
don't like the arrangement on your screen, you might think of not using an
engine here, but do all analysis on another pc, especially as the engine on the
server does not allow you to do any interactive analysis (you will know about
this from other servers too). Especially you should be careful, not to
commit a 'mouse slip', when the board window is smaller than usual.
(Also think of the fact, that you are most probably not used to playing on this
board. Take your time for executing your moves carefully!)
A special problem after resuming an interrupted game may be the
clocks. If the clocks show any serious defects, the TD will
decide on how much time each side has left regardless, what the clocks actually
I hope, I mentioned all important points. If not, I should add further
information at the start of the event.
Good luck and lots of fun to all players and kibitzers!