FIDE Online Arena enters a new era
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:22
The FIDE Online Arena, the virtual chess club for chess players around the world is upgraded with new features and offers to new members full membership services for a period of 4 months, free of charge.
Players, who already have a FIDE ID number, are welcome to create an account with full membership privileges until May 31st, 2015. Players without a FIDE ID number have to pay the annual subscription fee of 25 euros in order to become full members. In return, their membership will be automatically extended until May 31st, 2016. FIDE titled players GM/WGM and IM/WIM are entitled a free lifetime full membership upon proof of their identity.
The new features of the FIDE Online Arena include:
Rated games are played with a variety of predefined rapid, blitz and bullet time controls. Rapid and blitz ratings are aligned with over the board FIDE rapid and blitz ratings. The 1st day of each month, as soon the FIDE rating lists are published, rating changes from over the board rapid and blitz games are added to (subtracted from) the relevant Arena ratings.
In this way, the Arena ratings reflect the overall players’ activity, over the board and online. However, the traditional FRLs (FIDE rating lists for over the board rapid and blitz) are totally independent from online gaming results and will continue to be used for the pairings and ratings of over the board tournaments.
FIDE titles for the lower rated players
FIDE announces official titles for the lower rated players. The titles of Arena Grand Master (AGM), Arena International Master (AIM), Arena FIDE Master (AFM) and Arena Candidate Master (ACM) are automatic titles which can be achieved in FIDE Online Arena, but being official FIDE titles can also be used in over the board games as well.
The FIDE Arena titles address chess players of the 1100-2000 playing strength and are the same for men and women. The FIDE Arena titles provide motivation to local chess communities with important activity, the performance level of which is not eligible for the classical over the board FIDE titles.
Official FIDE tournaments
Official FIDE online tournaments will soon be announced. An Amateur Online Championship, a World Junior Online Championship and the Women Online Blitz World Championship are the immediate priorities.
The regulations of these special events are currently being prepared and will be soon announced.
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