Guidelines for solving tournaments

wfcc-logo-transparentLast year, the solving committee worked on a set of guidelines for the directors of rated solving tournaments. The preliminary text was accepted at the last WCCC in Vilnius. Julia Vysotska wrote a Russian translation, for which we are very grateful.

Guidelines for solving tournaments: English | Russian

We hope that tournament directors take a look at this text before they start to prepare their next solving tournament. They should pay specific attention to the selection of the problems and studies, and to the points’ distribution (in particular of moremovers and studies). These guidelines give the necessary instructions and recommendations.

After each tournament the director will receive feedback from the solving committee with a quality check document. We hope that the directors will take notice. The ultimate goal is that in the future all rated tournaments will be organised in a consistent manner, no matter who is the director. This will be to the benefit of the solvers. After all, their rating is based on the results in these tournaments.

World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Sękocin Stary 14./15.12.2019

18th Warsaw Solving Grand Prix 2019  | 4th tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 16 | Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) ahead of Kacper Piorun (POL) and Aleksey Popov (RUS)
Junior solver Maksim Romanov with first FM norm.
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2463.01 | WSC category: 4
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 62 points (+31), 2. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 50 points (+23), 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 42 points (+13), 4. Michel Caillaud (FRA) 27 points, 5. Kacper Piorun (POL) 27 points (+27)

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.

World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Minsk 02./03.11.2019

12th Albino Cup 2019  | 3rd tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 28 | Winner: Aleksey Popov (RUS) ahead of Evgeny Viktorov (RUS) and Abdelaziz Onkoud (MAR)
Aleksandr Bulavka Belarus champion with 4th place.
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2434.77 | WSC category: 5
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 31 points, 2. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 29 points (+6), 3. Michel Caillaud (FRA) 27 points, 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 27 points (+27), 5. Evgeny Viktorov (RUS) 23 points (23)

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.

World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Geel 05.10.2019

26th Open Belgian Solving Championship 2019  | 2nd tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 12 | Winner: Eddy Van Beers (BEL – Belgian champion) ahead of Dolf Wissmann (NED) and Andrey Selivanov (RUS)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2272.49 | WSC category: 8
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 31 points, 2. Michel Caillaud (FRA) 27 points, 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 23 points, 4. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 22 points, 5. Arno Zude (GER) 19 points

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.

World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Bern 28.09.2019

35th Open Swiss Solving Championship 2019  | 1st tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 22 | Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) ahead of Michel Caillaud (FRA) and Martynas Limontas (LTU)

8. Roland Baier (SUI – Swiss champion), 5. junior solver Danila Moiseev with 3rd IM norm

Average rating of top ten solvers: 2478.87 | WSC category: 4

Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 31 points, 2. Michel Caillaud (FRA) 27 points, 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 23 points, 4. Arno Zude (GER) 19 points, 5. Danila Moiseev (RUS) 16 points

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.

Danila Pavlov winner of the World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Vilnius 19.08.2019

wsc2018-19-winnersAfter a fascinating race in the last rounds the Russian European Champion 2019, junior solver Danila Pavlov (RUS) has won the 4th World Solving Cup. There have been 19 tournaments including the Open Solving of the ECSC and the WCCC with total of 85 World Cup points winning solvers.
Final top five: 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 139 points (+3), 2. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 136 points (+23), 3. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 115 points (+/-0), 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 113 points (+5), 5. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 103 points (+41).

Open Solving Tournament WCCC 2019 – 19th tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 100 | Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) ahead of John Nunn (GBR), Michael Pfannkuche (GER), Martynas Limontas (LTU) and Boris Tummes (GER).
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2573.88 | WSC category: 2
David Hodge (GBR) with 12th place and 2nd FM norm

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Pardubice 13./14.07.2019

27th Czech Chess Solving Championship 2019  | 18th tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 27 | Winner: Danila Pavlov (RUS) ahead of Aleksey Popov (RUS) and Martynas Limontas (LTU); 12. Miloslav Vanka (CZE – Czech champion).
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2391.42 | WSC category: 6
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 136 points (+10), 2. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 115 points, 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 113 points (+12), 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 108 points (+13), 5. Aleksandr Bulavka (BLR) 68 points

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Saint-Germain au Mont d’Or 08.06.2019

40th French Chess Solving Championship 2019  | 17th tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 12 | Winner: Michel Caillaud (FRA – French champion) ahead of Andrey Selivanov (RUS) and James Quah (SIN)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2075.76 | WSC category: 12

Top 5 World Solving Cup (unchanged): 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 126 points, 2. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 115 points, 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 101 points, 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 95 points, 5. Aleksandr Bulavka (BLR) 68 points

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – KiryatUno 26.05.2019

Israel Open Solving Championship 2019  | 16th tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 13 | Winner: Mark Erenburg (ISR - Israel champion) ahead of Soffer Ram (ISR) and Lev Glanzspiegel (ISR)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2216.30 | WSC category: 9
Top 5 World Solving Cup (unchanged): 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 126 points, 2. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 115 points, 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 101 points, 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 95 points, 5. Aleksandr Bulavka (BLR) 68 points

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

Multi-locations tournament of 6th Israel Open Solving Championship 26.05.2019
The results of the multi-locations tournaments are published on the page of the Other rated/remarkable solving tournaments 2019.

The Category 1 tournament with 136 participants has been won by junior solver Danila Pavlov (RUS) with a 100% result ahead of Mark Erenburg (ISR), junior solver Maksim Romanov (RUS) and Marek Kolčák (SVK)
The Category 2 tournament with 62 participants has been won by Rens ter Veen (NED) with a 100% result ahead of Beni Priel (ISR) and Arjen Kouwenhoven (NED)

More details are published in Competitions→Solving→Other rated/remarkable solving tournaments 2019.

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Belgrade 25.05.2019

Open Solving Championship of Serbia 2019  | 15th tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 25 | Winner: Bojan Vučković (SRB – Serbian champion) ahead of Danila Pavlov (RUS) and
Evgeny Viktorov (RUS)
Ilija Serafimović (SRB) with 1st FM norm
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2396.65 | WSC category: 6

Top 5 World Solving Cup (new leader!): 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 126 points, 2. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 115 points,
3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 101 points, 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 95 points, 5. Aleksandr Bulavka (BLR) 68 points

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.