IN-DEPTH EXPLANATION OF VOTING PROCEDURE AND COLOR ASSIGNMENTS|
- Which game is selected? - "The most votes on the least
popular color" is a method of scoring the votes based on which position has
the most interest for the presumably inferior side. For example,
suppose we receive 200 votes to play the White side of the Modern Benoni, and
100 votes to play the Black. We would score that opening at 100.
To continue the example, suppose further that 1000 people are willing to play
the Black side of the Halloween Attack, but only 50 people are willing to play
White. Then the Halloween Attack's score would be 50. Repeating the
process for all the positions, one position will have the highest score, and
that will be the opening that we will use for the game.
- How are players assigned to teams? - Once the opening has been established, we will
assign people to the White and Black teams, based on how they voted on that opening.
For example, if you vote to play the White side of the Benoni and not the Black side, then
it is assured that you will be assigned to the White side if the Benoni is the opening
chosen. However, if your vote shows that you are willing to play either
side, or neither side, then the software will assign you to a team in a random manner.
Members who did not vote at all may still play, and they will be assigned to a team at random.
- Who can play? - Only premium Chessgames members may play in the
game. If you are not a premium member, but are interested
in learning the advantages of becoming one, please see
the Premium Membership Tour.
- Who can vote? - Any registered member of Chessgames may vote on this
form. However, since it's the premium members who will actually be playing what is
voted for here, each vote cast by a premium member counts for 10 normal votes.
- Where can I discuss the game before it begins? - We made a special page
for just that purpose, the Thematic Challenge Chessforum.
You are encouraged to discuss the merits and drawbacks of the various opening choices.
- How to change your vote. - This form will remember your votes automatically:
if you return to this page later, the checkboxes you initially marked will remain marked.
Therefore, if you change your mind, it's as simple as adjusting your selections and pressing
the "Submit Votes" button again. This will revise your previous vote, not count your
votes twice. You may do this as often as needed.
- How are ties handled? - In the case of a tied score (as per section 1 above)
the tie will be broken by using the game with the most votes in total. If the tie persists,
we'll use the variation which is shortest (fewest half-moves). If we still haven't
broken the tie, we'll resort to random selection.
- Other rules and regulations:
- Nobody may change team color assignment under any circumstances.
- If you have more than one Chessgames account
you a positively forbidden from voting on this page more than once. If you find that you've
made the mistake in error, simply uncheck all of the votes you made with your alternate account
and submit your non-votes.
- Books, periodicals, and other reference materials are allowed. Consulting games in databased
(including Chessgames) is allowed, and in fact encouraged.
- Computers are prohibited. This includes the
Analysis Laboratory and Stockfish
features built into our game viewer, but does not prohibit seeing the pre-published
analysis visible from the Opening Explorer.
There is no way to effectively enforce this policy so we ask all members to behave on their honor.
- If somebody on a team is found to be posting prohibited computer-analysis (whether or not labeled as such)
they will be ejected from the game and not allowed to return. The computer-analysis may, at the discretion
of the arbiter, be posted to both forums to nullify the advantage. The game will then continue normally with no
further penalties against either team.
- It is against the rules to discuss the game in progress with anybody other than your team-mates.
For this reason, restrict discussing the game in progress to the official discussion page (and not,
for example, your private Chessforum.) This rule applies to all Chessgames members, even those not involved in the game.
- If your premium subscription expires while the game is still in progress, you will not be ejected from the team,
but get to continue playing until the game is concluded.
- In the event of a contingency not explictly covered in these rules Daniel Freeman will act
- For more information see The Chessgames Challenge Help Page.