What is it?
The 39-Challenge Chess Variant Tournament is a contest to see
who can play the various Chess Variants the best. Only chess variants
submitted (and accepted) for the
"39-Challenge" will be eligible.
The purpose of this tournament is three-fold:
- To have some fun.
- To provide variant designers play testing for their variants.
- To provide players a better idea of what these variants are like.
- It is assumed that contestants will play via email, although there is
no restriction on how players interact.
- There will be two rounds played.
- For the first round, the players will be divided into two (or possibly more)
groups. Players within each group will play against each other. Then, the top players
from each group will play each other for the final round.
- If 2 players tie, then I'll have a playoff round where each player picks a
39-variant and plays the other.
If they still tie, then I'll pick the winner at random
from the two players.
- If more than 2 players tie, then I'll chose a winner at random from those
- Players may take up to 15 days to make their first five moves, then up to
three days per move after that. It will be up to the players to decide when and
if a game has been lost due to a player taking too much time. It is suggested
that when you receive an opponent's move, that you give a short response
to indicate that the message got through.
- The winning player should notify me
David Howe of who
has won the game, and a list of the moves involved, possibly with some
comments. If the game is drawn, the players should decide among themselves
who will notify me.
- Points will be awarded for winning (1 point) or drawing (1/2 point) a game.
- The names (or aliases) of all players, the games they played, and points earned will
be published at the end of the tournament. Email addresses will be published
only with the player's permission.
- The winner of the tournament will receive a copy of Zillions of Games
and also have the choice between
receiving a Chess Variants 39-Challenge T-Shirt or a CD-ROM with an offline version
of The Chess Variant Pages, and receives
the honor of being announced the 39-Challenge Tournament Winner.
The player coming in second place receives a Chess Variants
39-Challenge T-Shirt OR a CD-ROM with an offline version
of The Chess Variant Pages, but may not choose (i.e., he receives the prize not
taken by the winner.)
How do I join?
Send email to me (David Howe)
with the following information:
- your name (or alias),
- your email address,
- up to four 39-Challenge chess variants (in order of preference)
you'd like to play, and
- an indication of whether or not you want your email address published
You will be notified whom you are playing (name and email) and which variants
will be used for each game. I will try to match players who are interested in
playing the same variants, but since that will not always be possible, I might
have to assign players games that are not within their preferences.
Registration will be closed after February 7, 1999,
and play will begin on February 8, 1999. (Deadline was extended a week
from earlier deadline of January 31, 1999.)