This series idea was inspired by the 30 day challenge which RandomJeff made for himself in September, 2019. (You are following his blog and progress on Chess.com, right?)
Our challenge will operate with these rules:
- The challenge is to play at least 10, 20, or even 30 slow chess games in 30 days.
- Only SCL qualified players can sign up for the challenge, but games may be played against any member of our SCL website or the Slow Chess League or Dan Heisman Learning Center clubs on Chess.com regardless of qualification.
- There are no rating restrictions on the Challenge players or their opponents.
- Sign up for the Challenge, or just negotiate for a game against one of the Challenge players. Now there’s a great way to just pick up an extra game whenever you’re going to have some extra time.
- Regular SCL tournament games played during the challenge can count toward the challenge.
- Games must be played at a time control of G/45+45 or G/90+30.
- Colors may be agreed or random as agreed by the players.
- No games will count in which a draw is agreed before move 20 or in which there are less than 10 moves played regardless of result.
- Only games played within the Challenge dates will count. Challenge days will be measured using League Time.
- Only a maximum of 4 games against a single opponent can count toward the Challenge.
- Games must be played on the Chess.com live server.
- The SCL will offer a game forum for negotiating play, but this is optional for negotiation and players may arrange games for the Challenge in any way they choose (for example, direct negotiations via messaging is fine). However, game results should be reported in the forum in order to count toward the Challenge. (The TD will pick up the game scores as in our regular league play and will count the number of games played.)
UPDATE – You can see Jeff’s current challenge now. Check out My Tournament Games (it’s listed there so you can try to arrange a game with him) or look at the regular Tournament Board. Remember that you don’t need to be a qualified league player to get a game with him!
Details are still being worked out to hopefully offer a first Challenge for November 2019. Please give your comment below to add ideas, express your general interest, etc.