World Mind Sports Games. Important Information and Regulations. Print
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World Mind Sports Games


The regulations for the Chess events for the 1st World Mind Sports Games are enclosed. There are some important dates to note:

July 14th Deadline for registration of entry
July 21st List of participants to be announced
July 31st Final date for substitution of names of players


These dates will not be extended because of the requirements for visas and travel.

Travel

Tickets to Beijing will be provided. Please inform FIDE whether Air China operates a service to Beijing from your country or another country nearby. As flights from some points are not daily, you should take into account the arrival and departure dates of your participants. If no suitable Air China flight is available, please inform FIDE of the cheapest routing, airline and cost for your travel to Beijing. FIDE will inform you of the procedure for booking tickets shortly.

Hospitality

Full board accommodation will be provided free for participants in twin bedded rooms in apartments very close to the playing venue, which is the Beijing International Convention Centre.

Participant Registration Form

There is a special registration form for completion by all and this will be forwarded within a few days. This will also form the basis of the invitation for the visa.

Arrival & Departure

Players should arrive the day before the start of their competition and leave the day after. As examples, players that are nominated for the individual should arrive on October 3rd and leave on October 8th or 9th unless they are in the Pairs or Team events when they will remain. Players in the Pairs competition only should arrive on October 7th and leave on October 13th. Players only in the team events should arrive on October 12th and leave on October 18th after the closing ceremony. These schedules may be flexible if the flights timetable is unsuitable. Players that are nominated for the individual or pairs event may also play in the team competition.

Co-operation with other Mind Sports

Federations should work with Bridge, Go and Draughts federations in their own countries to ensure a standard dress code. This is particularly important for the opening and medal ceremonies.

Medal Ceremonies

These will be held immediately after the completion of each competition.

Opening Ceremony

With water as the main symbol from which the human spirit has been born according to Chinese tradition, all the delegations will be asked to bring water from their homeland for the opening ceremony. This will be mixed with the water brought from the other countries. At the end of the Games all delegations will return home with a small amount of the mixture, coming from all over the planet.

Any questions should be sent to the FIDE Secretariat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This event is very important to FIDE and our future relations with the Olympic family. The success of the World Mind Sport Games will elevate the global status of our sport. It is an excellent showcase for Chess and it is important that we have a fully representative turnout to show our strength and diversity.

The website for the games is: www.2008wmsg.org

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At a Press Conference at SportAccord in Athens, the President of the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) Mr Jose Damiani and Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos gave the latest information on the Games to be held in Beijing from October 3rd to 18th.
See: www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/04/sports/EU-SPT-Mind-Sports-Games.php

REGULATIONS FOR WORLD MIND SPORTS GAMES - CHESS

1. ORGANISATIONS

1.1 World Mind Sports Games (WMSG)
1.2 International Mind Sports Association (IMSA)
1.3 Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE)
1.4 Chinese Chess Association

2.0 COMPETITION INFORMATION

2.1. Dates
The World Mind Sports Games will be held from 3 to 18 October 2008.

2.2 Venue
The competition will be held at Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China.

3.0 EVENTS

3.1 There will be 10 events:-
3.1.1 Blitz Chess: 3 minutes with increment of 2 seconds per move.
Individual (Men & Women)
Pair (Mixed Team)
Team (Men & Women)
3.1.2 Rapid Chess: 25 minutes with increment of 5 seconds per move.
Individual (Men & Women)
Pair (Mixed Team)
Team (Men & Women)

3.2 In accordance with normal IOC practice, women shall compete only in Pair Events (Woman) and Women events.

3.3 Individual Events: There shall be 50 players for Men’s and 50 players for Women’s events.
3.3.1 Federations may nominate up to a maximum of 5 players for Men and 5 players for Women. According to the Rating List as of 1 April 2008, FIDE shall select the top 50 entries for Men and the top 50 entries for Women.

3.3.2 No federation shall have more than 5 players in either event.

3.4 Pair Events: Match shall be played between Man vs Man and Woman vs Woman. There will be no reserves. There shall be 50 Pairs representing 50 different federations.
3.4.1 Federations may nominate 1 Man and 1 Woman who may be different from the Individual and Team Events. According to the Rating List as of 1 April 2008, the ratings of the Pair will be added and ranked. FIDE shall select the top 50 Pairs.

3.5 Team Events: A team shall comprise 4 players and 1 reserve. There shall be 80 Men’s Teams and 50 Women’s Teams. Men’s Teams must comprise only Men players.
3.5.1 Federations shall nominate the teams whose players may be different from the Individual and Pairs Events. 3.5.2 FIDE shall decide on the teams participating, taking into consideration ratings, results in the last Olympiad and geographical spread. From the entries received, based on the rankings of the 2006 Olympiad, FIDE shall short-list the teams based on the following:-
3.5.2.1 Men’s Teams: Europe 30 teams; Asia 15; Americas 15; Africa 5; FIDE 15.
3.5.2.2 Women’s Teams: Europe 20 teams; Asia 10; Americas 7; Africa 3; FIDE 10 teams.

3.6.1 Two captains/heads of delegation may be sent by each participating federation.

4.0 SCHEDULE

Date Time Event Round
October 3 12:00 hr Arrival
Opening Ceremony
October 4 10:00 hr Technical Meeting
15:00-19:00 hr Blitz Individual (Men & Women) Round 1 to 11
October 5 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Individual (Men & Women) Semi-Finals & Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 1 to 3
October 6 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 4 to 5
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 6 to 7
October 7 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Rounds 8 to 9
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Semi-Finals
October 8 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Individual (Men & Women) Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Blitz Pair Rounds 1 to 11
October 9 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Pair Semi-Finals & Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 1 to 2
October 10 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 3 to 4
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 5 to 6
October 11 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Pair Round 7
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Rounds 8 to 9
October 12 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Pair Semi-Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Pair Finals
October 13 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Team (Men & Women) Rounds 1 to 5
15:00-19:00 hr Blitz Team (Men & Women) Rounds 6 to 11
October 14 10:00-13:30 hr Blitz Team (Men & Women) Semi-Finals & Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 1 to 2
October 15 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 3 to 4
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 5 to 6
October 16 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Round 7
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Rounds 8 to 9
October 17 10:00-13:30 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Semi-Finals
15:00-19:00 hr Rapid Team (Men & Women) Finals
October 18 Closing Ceremony & Departure

5. REGISTRATION

5.1 The deadline for registration with names and board order (Team events) is 14th July 2008. The list of participants shall be announced on 21st July 2008 after which no further registration shall be accepted. After 31 July 2008, no player substitution will be accepted.

6. Technical Organisation

6.1 The Technical Director, in consultation with FIDE, is responsible for and has full control of the technical organisation of the Events. He shall have the final interpretation of the Regulations governing the Events.

7. Playing Conditions

7.1 The tournament shall be played according to rules, doping control and examination of FIDE.

7.2 Players must be seated at their respective tables before the start of each round. Once the Chief Arbiter announces start, any player who is absent shall immediately be declared to have lost by default.

7.3 For Blitz Events, if a player displaces any piece(s) he must reset the piece(s) on his own time. If this is not done and he has already started his opponent’s clock, the opponent can make a claim and the game declared lost for the offending player.
7.3.1 An arbiter can also declare the loss for the offending player even without any claim from the opponent. In case that a game continues with displaced pieces, the game shall be declared lost for BOTH players who shall then both receive a zero score.

7.4 Pairing for all Events will be based on Pairing Program existing in the Swiss Manager.

8. Systems of Competitions

8.1 All Events shall be competed in 3 stages, the Qualifiers using the Swiss System; the Semi-Finals and the Finals. At the end of the Qualifiers, the top 4 will qualify for the Semi-Finals and the winners for the Finals.

8.2 The standings in the Qualifiers shall be counted based on the following:-
8.2.1 Individual Events: Score, Direct Encounter (only if all tied players have played each other), Buchholz Score.
8.2.2 Pair Events: Match Points, Game Points, Direct Encounter (only if all tied teams have played each other), Buchholz Score
8.2.3 Team Events: Match Points, Game Points, Direct Encounter (only if all tied teams have played each other), Buchholz Score

8.3 The Semi-Finals & Finals will both be contested in 2 rounds.
8.3.1 For Individual Events: In case of a tie, one sudden-death game will be played (White having 6 minutes and Black having 5 minutes; in case of a draw, Black is the winner).
8.3.2 For Pair Events: In case of a tie, a draw of lot will decide whether the match will be played on Man vs Man or Woman vs Woman. One sudden-death time control game will be played.
8.3.3 For Team Events: In case of a tie, each team shall nominate 3 players to play a match over 3 boards. Sudden-death time control shall be adopted.

8.4 At the end of each Event, the top 3 shall receive Gold, Silver & Bronze medals. For Team Events, medals will be awarded only to the 4 players and reserve.

9. Doping

9.1 Doping control may be conducted for each Event.

10. Appeals Committee.

10.1 Before the beginning of the Competition an Appeals Committee shall be selected. This committee shall consist of 3 members and 2 reserves, representing 5 different federations. No member of the committee shall have the right to decide on questions concerning his own federation. In such cases the member concerned shall have the right only to partake in the discussions of the committee.

10.2 An appeal must be in written form and accompanied with a fee of 100 euros. These must be submitted to the Chief Arbiter within 5 minutes after the completion of a playing session.

11. Entry fees.

Individual: €75 per person
Pair: €150 per team
Team: €300 per team

Please download the PDF version of Guidelines for World Mind Sports Games.

Please download the PDF Version of Regulations for World Mind Sports Games.
 
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