How do Live Tournaments work? Where can I join one?
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Right now, all Live Tournaments are rated and include sections for all rating levels, as well as an Open section. Here is the current schedule (a two-hour cycle), with estimates of the total tournament duration for each format (make sure you've got time to finish!)
Hour 1:00 = 10|0 Rapid Tournament (5 rounds = ~1.5 hrs) Hour 1:15 = 1|0 Lightning Tournament (9 rounds = ~20 mins) Hour 1:30 = 5|0 Blitz Tournament (7 rounds = ~1 hr) Hour 1:45 = 15|10 Standard Tournament (5 rounds = ~3-4 hrs) Hour 2:00 = 3|0 Super Blitz Tournament (7 rounds = ~45 mins) Hour 2:15 = 1|0 Lightning Tournament (9 rounds = ~20 mins) Hour 2:30 = 5|0 Blitz Tournament (7 rounds = ~1 hr) Hour 2:45 = 2|1 Bullet Tournament (7 rounds = ~45 mins)
You will see the several upcoming tournaments (those starting soonest) in the Seek graph, as little Trophy icons. Hover your mouse pointer over the icon for more information.
For a more detailed view of upcoming events, there is a "Tournaments" tab just above the Seek Graph: Here, you will find a list of sections you are eligible to join, showing exactly when they will begin - based on your computer's clock.
Events are available for registration one hour before the start-time (just hit "Join" at right):
If you join a tournament accidentally, or change your mind, simply hit the "Withdraw" link in the upper right corner of the new tab (see below). You can do this during the tournament as well, but please be sure to properly resolve any games in progress, by resigning if necessary.
(Note: Players who wilfully prolong tournament rounds because they are losing will have their accounts restricted! Click here to review our Fair Play Policy.)
So what's it like to play in a tournament? Here's how it works:
NOTE: Occasionally, if there is an odd number of participants, you may get a "1-point bye" during a given round instead of playing an actual game...
You are now free to join another tournament, provided you have not already hit the limit for your membership level:
Please note: We will soon be adding pages on the main site where you can view details about your past Live Tournaments, similar to the existing pages for e-chess tournaments.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Live Chess