Dear Chess Enthusiasts,
Firstly, best wishes during these extraordinary times, from all of us at ‘20/20 Chess’.
This document overwrites all other previous rules and previous precedents going forward as per publication on 05/08/2021 for the 2021-2022 ‘2020 Chess Season’.
We are organizing the 20/20 Worldwide Online Team Chess Championships. It's already running successfully so far with nearly 200 teams (as of 05/08/2021) having taking part from around the world over the last 18 months, here is the league table from last season (2020-2021):
For the list of teams registered and fixtures for the 2021-2022 season:
No games are FIDE or ECF etc. graded (though will be rated on Chess.com) and entry is free for everyone, so in lieu of that please consider donating here to raise money for charities fighting COVID 19:
Founder and Tournament Director of 2020 Chess
1. Set up Chess.com account
2. Set up Chess.com club:
3. Invite team members to join your Chess.com club:
4. If you have titled players who are not recognized by Chess.com please take them through this process to get them recognized:
5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm you would like to enter and that you accept all the rules, and confirming your Chess.com username to receive a free trial Diamond Chess.com membership!
6. Add: https://www.facebook.com/peter.hornsby.585/ who will then add you onto the Captain’s group chat.
Then await an email announcing your game!
All teams will be pooled into one Swiss system league for 10 Rounds which will take place from September 2021- July 2021.
The teams will be seeded based on the opinion of the tournament director (based on the relevant data and previous performances). This information will be kept confidential.
You must play your matches on one of these dates, which are set by the Tournament Director:
Round 1: Friday 17th, Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th September
Round 2: Friday 8th, Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th October
Round 3: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th November
Round 4: Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th December
Round 5: Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd January
Round 6: Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, or Sunday 27th February
Round 7: Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, or Sunday 20th March
Round 8: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, or Sunday 3rd April
Round 9: Friday 6th, Saturday 7th, or Sunday 8th May
Round 10: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, or Sunday 3rd July
(The tournament director may request, though not compel, teams to play outside of these times for commentary purposes)
Play-offs: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2022
All teams scoring 8/10 match points or more will qualify for the Play-Offs.
The structure of the Play-Offs will be announced by the Tournament Director after the Swiss league system has been concluded, along with any additional rules. However, each player must have played three times in the league to be eligible to participate, excluding one ‘wildcard’ who only has to play once. Your team finishing higher in the league will put you at an advantage in the play-off format, also if there is a draw in a match in the play-offs the team finishing higher in the league will be declared the winner.
By taking part you and your whole team consent to all of these rules and decisions/judgements made by the tournament director and you forfeit the right to take any legal action against the tournament director and/or 2020 Chess for any reason.
All Chess Standard matches are to be played on Chess.com. You must ALL agree to ALL of the Chess.com policies, players AND captains https://www.chess.com/community (this is what you did by acquiring a Chess.com account) which you commit to doing so by partaking in this tournament.
The game links will be set up by the tournament director, and you must enable him to be an administrator for your team on Chess.com to play in the tournament (except in exceptional circumstances such as for safeguarding reasons). If you are signed up for the tournament and this has not been done, Chess.com upon request from the Tournament Director may manually make the Tournament Director administrator of your club.
You must play your matches at the time you have been given by the tournament director. You will have weeks to arrange and organize your team accordingly.
After all the games have been completed by the deadline the draw for the next Round will be made.
For each match, each player would play 2 games per round against the same opponent back to back. It's 1 point for a team win, 0.5 for a draw, 0 for a loss. The same is true at an individual level between teams, so whoever has the highest points wins! The time control is 10 minutes + 5 second increment. So therefore 2 x 20-minute odd games hence the name '2020'!
There will be an initial limit on 100 teams entering. After that point new ways may be devised to enable new teams to join and for catch up matches to be played. This is completely at the discretion of the tournament director.
Team tiebreaks: Will be on head to head between teams, then net game points and so on as described on SCORCH.
All players must agree to play on camera for the Play-Offs and any other match requested by the Tournament Director.
‘2020 Chess’ takes no responsibility for the delegation of prize money announced as being provided by the sponsors, you must contact them directly to claim and arrange it.
You must have at least 4 players for each match.
If you have 3 players you forfeit one board (2 game points to the opposition), less than 3 you forfeit the match at an 8-0 score- line automatically. At the tournament director’s discretion 2 vs. 2 or 3 vs. 3 matches may be allowed, if both teams only field 2 or 3 players.
You can chop and change your team for each game (though note and apply the rule about Round 10 later in this document), but the key is having at least four players available each match-day, unless you clearly agree with your opposition captain to 8 players for example but only 6 show up on your side, you forfeit on both of those boards for both those games, so four game points.
However, this will only happen if the opposition emails the tournament director at email@example.com within one hour of the match finishing to make a claim.
Proof has to be demonstrated through taking a screenshot for example if it looks like your/some of your opponents are not going to show up you need proof to claim the default win/win on boards, so it is required that you take a screenshot and send it to via email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 1 hour of the match finishing to make a claim, such as 2 seconds before the match starts as evidence.
If you and your opponents do decide to agree for an 8 vs. 8 matches for example, if you or their captain wishes to change that they must express so 6 hours before the match begins at the latest. If they/you email 7 hours before to say they only have 4 players that is fine, but if they/you email 5 hours before saying there are only 4 players then 8 game points can be claimed (4 boards x 2 games).
If both teams agree on 5 vs 5 but 6 vs. 6 shows up, it will be treated as a 6 vs. 6 match and so on. If the captains do not make a clear agreement without informing the tournament director first ‘those who show up play’ and the result will stand (whilst according to the other rules etc.) If both captains do not complete the results before the deadline the match will be declared void and both teams will get 0 points and risk expulsion from the competition.
No new players are allowed to join for Round 10 for any team that wishes to play in the Play-Offs, if this happens the player concerned will have all their matches set as default losses.
No player is allowed to play for more than one team. If this happens then default losses will be issued to the player in the second/third etc. team they play for. The only exception to this rule is for the Tournament Director.
The Tournament Director reserves the right to change the team name in certain circumstances: For example, if Billingham University win the tournament but have a Banbury University player as their board one it may be changed to ‘Billingham University Invitational Team’ and so on.
In addition, pairings set by SCORCH may be amended by the Tournament Director. This may be for, but limited to, political reasons, geographical reasons (i.e. insurmountable time zone differences), forbidden pairings and to ensure teams of similar numbers of players face each other so that more people get to play.
Similarly, all teams and usernames must be of a respectful name, and abuse of any nature inside or outside the tournament (such as but not limited to accusing someone of cheating publicly or privately) to anyone will not be tolerated, if this happens sanctions will be applied at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
Teams may be removed from the competition at any time by the discretion of the tournament organizer without explanation. Their previous results, and those of any team that does withdraw shall remain standing. For the teams they were due to face, in the first instance the tournament director will endeavour to repair them against another team.
You need to use the same account throughout the whole tournament unless granted permission, if not you/the player concerned will be defaulted in losses for all your games across the tournament for the second account that is used.
You cannot watch the commentary live on www.twitch/chessheroes or any other streaming channel if they are commentating on your game. The only exception to this is the Chess Heroes team themselves when they play their games they are allowed to commentate on their own individual games.
A team is not eligible to win unless they reveal all their named players who take part unless they are under 18 years old or still in secondary education for safeguarding reasons. It's an anti-cheating deterrent. Evidence shows that it's far less likely if people have their real names related to the tournament they are playing in:
You will need a stable internet connection to play. If you disconnect and lose time or the game that is unfortunate but nothing can and will be done on our side.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct people are in your club and that no imposter plays deliberately or by accident in your team match. If they do, whatever the result is will have stand.
‘B’ teams: In very limited circumstances, a team may be allowed to enter a ‘B’ team. No switching is allowed between ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams and as of September 16th on Chess.com rapid-play rating no player is allowed to be in the ‘B’ team if they are stronger than an ‘A’ team player and vice-versa. If this is not adhered to, and if there are switching it will result in default individual losses as a penalty.
Glitches: These may happen, unfortunately nothing can be done about them in the event so whatever Chess.com says the result is, the result is. Apologies in advance if this happens to you. You cannot explore other sections of the Chess.com website during your games.
The only exception for this is if a server upgrade takes place affecting both teams stopping the game half way through. There either the teams can agree to a draw or a full replay. If not, the tournament director with the panel will adjudicate the score based on the positions of the time.
If there are problems it is recommended to refresh the page. This usually happens if you play your second game as white after the first move, you may need to refresh page and make move again.
We hope never to need it but we do have world anti-cheating experts with state-of-the-art technology on a panel if there are any issues. You cannot use any computer or human or any other assistance during your games. We can also, at our discretion and with his permission, (not on the panel) have games analysed by THE world expert on anti-cheating measures Dr. Kenneth Regan:
Reasons for bans have to remain confidential for the guilty and the victims. This applies to organizers as well as players, Chess.com are in no way obliged to pass information for why someone is banned 'even' to the organizers, though they have been extremely helpful in striking a balance. There may be safeguarding implications, so please be understanding.
The anonymous panel will discuss and vote privately on whether cheating has taken place and their decision is final, and the subsequent actions will be decided upon on a case by case basis by the tournament director. They may decide to refer it to Chess.com to make the decision. If you suspect cheating you must report it to the platform chess.com (email email@example.com) and email firstname.lastname@example.org within one hour of the game finishing otherwise nothing can be done by the panel.)
Results will be automatically overturned to default losses in all previous team matches regardless of whether the actual cheating took place in the 2020 Chess tournaments.
This does not interpret an opinion from 2020 Chess or the tournament director that the player in question is indeed guilty of cheating, such judgement is deferred to Chess.com for the sake of the tournament and you accept by entering this tournament that you forfeit the right to take legal/libel action against the Tournament Director of these grounds.
If the appeal is successful the player will be re-admitted and the results reverted back to what they were. Being issued a new account by Chess.com is not the same as a successful appeal.
Players banned may be allowed to play again in the tournament after a suspension at the discretion of the tournament Director. Rehabilitation is a virtue in all walks of life and Chess is no different. Results will not be changed if someone is banned on another platform.
You can only report your game to the 2020 Chess panel if it affects the overall result (for the sake of efficiency). That said if you realize that your opponent has been banned it is your responsibility to email the tournament director to make a claim back your game points for your team. You must do this within 24 hours of being notified by Chess.com or else they may not be awarded back.
To stop everyone reporting their games in order to hope their accusation goes in their favour, each team is limited to 1 challenge per season, which are kept if their complaint is upheld. If it is not you cannot report to the panel but can to Chess.com as usual by emailing email@example.com and following these instructions:
If your opponent has a move accuracy of 98% according to a Chess program that is no strong indication that cheating is taking place, again there is a document available explaining this on request. So be careful before you use your challenge!
Chess.com will put players in Chess.com rated order automatically, so if you've just joined chess.com you must play several rated games first so it will be a fair reflection and place you in the correct position within your team. If you do not, for example having a new titled player on board 4 with a 400 rating to ‘sandbag’ the opposition sanctions may be applied.
Check junk email and Facebook message requests regularly. You are all strongly encouraged to become ‘Facebook friends’ with each other to make this much easier.
Make sure to press re-match after your first game and refresh the page if necessary if you clock doesn’t start after making a move or if your first move is not registered.
If you are wary of being falsely accused of cheating, it is recommended to film yourself playing your matches and save it which could exonerate you if there any disputes.
Please sign up to chess.com with your account joined to the club you are in at least half an hour before your game is due to start! Then click on the relevant game link and click ‘join match.’ If you are late the match will start without you and will count as a forfeit. If you have players who tend to turn up late, recommend telling them it starts at 7pm for example but actually set it up for 7.05pm 😉
There's an anti-cheating information guide and other relevant documents such as concerning safeguarding which will be sent out by the Tournament Director. You must read them very carefully.
You will need a stable internet connection to play. If you disconnect and lose time or the game that is unfortunate but nothing can and will be done on our side.
Use very clear language when communicating with the opposition captain, and if your opponent doesn’t do so contact the tournament organizer immediately. Use phrases such as ‘we confirm we will have 6 players to play in the match against you’ rather than ‘we probably will have 6 players’ and keep copies of the conversations you have if you need to transfer them as evidence to the tournament director later.
Also, it is required that you take screenshots of any issues at the time and save them for later.
This tournament takes safeguarding very seriously but 2020 Chess takes no legal responsibility for safeguarding, so parents and/or legal guardians will have to take responsibility and decisions associated with that. Note that Chess.com is a third-party platform so consider carefully before you join.
If you are playing any team in a 2020 event under no circumstances are you to use the chat to communicate with anyone on their team including the captain on the Chess.com match chat, or individual messaging. This is for safeguarding reasons; any issues contact myself or their adult team captain via alternative means such as email.
You must watch this video and follow the instructions: https://youtu.be/BCu0-XXD-xM
The safe mode is to be switched on and used by all players and captains throughout the tournament to avoid speaking to a junior player even by accident. This is compulsory and 2020 reserves the right to remove teams and/or deduct points from people for those who do not comply with this.
Your contact details can be transferred to third parties such as sponsors and you may be emailed about other Chess events. Your games may also be featured on commentary and in reports, please let us know if there are any issues with the latter point. Any online images of you may be used in promotional material for the tournament and you forfeit any right of anonymity in taking part (i.e. we may publish or announce ‘Joe Bloggs’ is playing in this tournament under this username).
I hope this all makes sense and sorry for the information overload and thanks for your understanding. We have lots of teams enjoying themselves already and we're sure it will continue to expand and continue to be a lot of competitive fun!