2ND IMSA ELITE MIND GAMES – HUAI’AN, CHINA 2017

The selection for the final list of 12 participants in each category (Men and Women) will be based on the average for last 12 months of the player’s three ratings for classical, blitz and rapid.

2ND INTERNATIONAL MIND SPORTS ASSOCIATION ELITE GAMES – HUAI’AN, CHINA 2017

Players are invited to send in their contract, along with a copy of a passport with validity for more than six months, by email to office@fide.com by not later than Sunday 15th October 2017 for next year’s second edition of the IMSA Elite Mind Games. IMSA is the International Mind Sports Association and this event will be in lieu of the previous “traditional” December events.

The organisers of the event are the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, Beijing, China together with the Municipality of Huai’an in Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China. The event will be held in Huai’an between the 8th of December and 16th of December 2017.

The selection for the final list of 12 participants in each category (Men and Women) will be based on the average for last 12 months of the player’s three ratings for classical, blitz and rapid.

No more than two players from each country but exceptions may be made only for current or previous World Champions for Blitz and Rapid and for the host country, China.

No more than two players from each country but exceptions may be made only for current or previous World Champions for Blitz and Rapid and for the host country, China.

3. The events will be the following:

• Rapid Events
• 12 male players and 12 female players (separate event for male/female)
• two days with seven rounds Swiss events;
• time control 20 mins each side plus 10 secs increment

• Blitz Events
• 12 male players and 12 female players (separate event for male/female)
• two days with double round robin events (11 games per day);
• time control 3 mins each side plus 2 secs increment

• Basque Events
• 12 male players – 12 female players (separate event for male/female)
• two days with five rounds Swiss events;
• each player plays two games simultaneously per round with white and black pieces
• time control 20 mins each side plus 10 secs increment per game

6. Tie Breaks

A tie-break system will be used to determine the three (3) medal winners (gold, silver, bronze) but all money prizes will be divided equally in cases of a tie. The tie break criteria are as below:

A. Swiss system events (Rapid):

  1. Direct encounter (i.e. the result between each other in the tie, no matter how many players are in the tie. It is applied only if all tied player have played against all).
  2. Tournament performance rating.
  3. Average rating of opponents.

B. Individual Round Robin events (Blitz):

  1. Direct encounter (the same as above).
  2. Sonneborn-Berger.
  3. Number of won games.

C. Basque System (Bronstein):

  1. Direct encounter (i.e. the result between each other in the tie, no matter how many players are in the tie. It is applied only if all tied player have played against all).
  2. Tournament performance rating.
  3. Average rating of opponents.

In case of any tie-break even after the above criteria, FIDE may organise Armageddon matches as may be required to determine the medal winners. All prizes will still be split equally.

7. Other info

Air fares, in Economy class and other travel expenses with a maximum reimbursable cost of 800 euros within the same continent and 1200 euros for Europe, Americas or Africa. All travel expenses will be reimbursed through FIDE and accommodation will also be covered on a full board basis by the organisers, the Board And Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, Beijing, China.

All queries should be addressed to geoffrey.borg@fide.com

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