Announcing the first #AfricaChess Online blitz event on LiChess with a monetary prize

Entry to this event is FREE!
Starting time: 1900 hrs Central African Time (CAT)
Time control: 3+1
Tournament duration: 90 minutes

There will be a single top prize of US$50. This prize will be paid out within 2 weeks from the event.

To win the prize you have to meet a few conditions:

1) To be an African
2) To be a member of our Africa Chess Telegram or Whatsapp group (Whatsapp group is now full).

If there are non African who play in the event, they will not be eligible for the prize and we will move to the top placed African.

SINGLE WINNER

There will be no prize split. If there’s a tie in points we will have a tie-break event to decide the final winner.

LICHESS TOURNAMENT RULES

 

The tournament will be played using the LiChess tournament rules. Please familiarize yourself with these rules. If you haven’t played in any LiChess tournaments before we strongly recommend that you take part in a few of them to see how they work.

How are scores calculated?

A win has a base score of 2 points, a draw: 1 point, and a loss is worth no points.If you win two games consecutively you will start a double point streak, represented by a flame icon. The following games will continue to be worth double points until you fail to win a game.

That is, a win will be worth 4 points, a draw: 2 points, and a loss will remain worth no points.

For example, two wins followed by a draw will be worth 6 points: 2 + 2 + (2 x 1)

Arena Berserk

When a player clicks the Berserk button at the beginning of the game, they lose half of their clock time, but the win is worth one extra tournament point.
Going Berserk in time controls with an increment also cancels the increment. (1+2 is an exception, it gives 1+0)
Berserk is not available for games with zero initial time (0+1, 0+2).
Berserk only grants an extra point if you play at least 7 moves in the game.

How is the winner decided?

The player(s) with the most points at the conclusion of the tournament’s set time limit will be announced winner(s).

How does the pairing work?

At the beginning of the tournament, players are paired based on their rating.

As soon as you finish a game, return to the tournament lobby: you will then be paired with a player close to your ranking. This ensures minimum wait time, however you may not face all other players in the tournament.

Play fast and return to the lobby to play more games and win more points.

How does it end?

The tournament has a countdown clock. When it reaches zero, the tournament rankings are frozen, and the winner is announced. Games in progress must be finished, however they don’t count for the tournament.

Other important rules

You are required to make your first move within 20 seconds of your turn. Failing to make a move in this time will forfeit the game to your opponent.

Drawing the game within the first 10 moves of play will earn neither player any points.

The Tournament Organizer’s decision in the event of any dispute is FINAL.

Pushing the game of chess to new frontiers in Africa

To join our Telegram group, please click on the following link: Africa Chess Telegram Group

Bruce Mubayiwa

I am the founder and editor of Africa Chess Net. I have been playing chess for over 25 years and love writing about the game. Our goal is simple, to get more people playing chess in Africa! The game of chess is not only absorbing but a great deal of fun.

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