FIDE approves hybrid format for World Cup 2021 qualifiers
Covid-19 pandemic has affected all spheres of life. It has necessitated the new form of 'Hybrid' chess. Over-the-board chess tournaments are slowly making their way back in India and some parts of the world with all necessary precautions and safety measures taken. FIDE approves proposals of the four Continental Federations related to their qualification structures for the next FIDE World Cup to be held in July 2021. Photo: FIDE
As the epidemical situation remains complicated all over the World, a significant number of qualifiers will be held in the hybrid format. This decision is considered inevitable and exceptional in order to enable the qualification process.
Specific Technical Requirements
for the World Cup 2021 qualifiers held with the Hybrid format
in addition to the Online Chess Regulations, Part III b
The specific tournament regulations shall be approved by GSC.
Arbiters for each playing venue are nominated by the Continental Presidents in consultation with GSC.
According to Art. 16.8 of the FIDE Online Chess Regulations, at least two arbiters will be appointed for each playing venue: a Local Chief Arbiter (LCA) and a Local Technical Arbiter (LTA).
If there are more than 10 players in a playing venue, then one additional arbiter is required for every 10 extra players or part thereof.
In each playing venue, the necessary number of panoramic cameras shall be installed to ensure ample supervision. Additionally, each player shall be supervised by a camera (web or panoramic).
In each playing venue, if the playing devices are not provided by the Local Organiser, Zoom calls with screen sharing are mandatory. The event’s Chief Arbiter shall be provided with all Zoom recordings.
In case two players playing from the same playing venue are paired together, LCA may decide the game between them to be played over the traditional board. Such a decision may be taken, only if the playing conditions are suitable and both players agree. Then, for such games, the FIDE Laws of Chess shall apply.
Time control shall not be less than 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1, or 120 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
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