FCO Rules

FCO icon 01The aim of the game is to be the player with the most points at the end of the competition. What you have to do It’s very simple. You select a team of players who you think will perform well at the Tromso 2014 Chess Olympiad. You also have to make predictions about results at the Olympiad. Selecting a team You’ll score points based on the performance of the players you pick to be in your Fantasy Chess Olympiad squad:

  • Your squad will be made up of ten players participating at Tromso 2014. You’ll pick five participants from the “Open” section and five from the “Women’s” section.
  • We’ve created ten lists of players participating at Tromso 2014 and you’ll pick a player from each one. Every list contains one player from each national team entered in that section. For example, the first list (“Open 1″) contains the highest rated players in each national team taking part in the “Open” section – these players are likely (but not guaranteed) to play on board 1. The second list (“Open 2”) contains the second highest rated players in each team etc. Once you have picked five players from the “Open” section you’ll select five players from the “Women’s” section.
  • You’re only allowed to select one player from any national side in the “Open” section and one player from any national side in the “Women’s” section. Players of five different nationalities must be selected in each section. For example you cannot select both Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk because they both represent Russia’s “Open” team. However, it is permissible to select one of either Kramnik or Grischuk and also Natalia Pogonina because the she plays for the Russian “Women’s” team. The competition registration form won’t allow you to select more than one player from any national side in a section.

Making predictions As well as scoring points based on how the players in your squad perform you’ll also score points if you correctly make predictions about some of the results at Tromso 2014.

  • First you’ll be asked to predict which national teams you think will win the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in both the “Open” and “Women’s” sections
  • Next you’ll be asked which players you think will have the “Best performance rating” for the tournament in each section
  • Finally, you’ll be asked a tie-breaker question which will only be used to help us position teams that are tied at the end of the competition and are in contention to win a prize

Scoring points Points are awarded based on the performance of the players in your squad and also for making correct predictions about the results at Tromso 2014 Points for player performance The players you select for your team will score points for you each time they play a game in the Olympiad regardless of which board they play on. Points are awarded based on their performance like this:

  • 0 points for not appearing in the team
  • 1 point for a losing appearance
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 3 points for a win with the White pieces
  • 4 points for a win with the Black pieces

Points for end of competition predictions You can score an additional 5 points at the end of the Olympiad if you successfully predicted the:

  • Gold medal winning teams in the “Open” and “Women’s” sections
  • Silver medal winning teams in the “Open” and “Women’s” sections
  • Bronze medal winning teams in the “Open” and “Women’s” sections
  • Player with the overall “Best performance rating” in both the “Open” and “Womens” sections

You’ll score 2 points if any of your predictions finish in the top three but not in the exact position you predicted. For example, if you predicted that Russia would win the “Open” team Gold medal and they finish in second place then you’ll score 2 points instead of the 5 points you would have scored if you had correctly predicted that they would finish as runners up. How you win The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the winner. Tie-breaks In the event of there being a tie for a prize winning position then the following tie-breakers will be used:

  • The highest cumulative performance rating of all ten players in each squad

if there is still a tie then…

  • Total points scored for predictions made about the end of the competition

and if there is still a tie then…

  • Closest answer to the tie-breaker question