On-line engine blitz tourney July

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On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by Joost Buijs » Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:02 pm

The monthly on-line engine blitz tourney for July will take place on:

Saturday July 11, 2:00 PM EST (Boston time), 20:00 CET (Amsterdam time)

To connect:

winboard -zp -ics -icshost nightmare-chess.nl -icshelper timeseal -fcp ENGINE.exe -fd ENGINEFOLDER -autoKibitz

(for UCI engines, add -fUCI)

People without an account on the server can submit a request for a (new) account to admin@nightmare-chess.nl

Tourney format: 11 rounds Swiss 4/1

Our tournament manager will be: Eendje (Lisebeth) from ICC

Last time we couldn't get mamer to work with more than 10 rounds, this should be fixed now.

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by hgm » Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:36 am

It is usually more efficient to play the McMahon system rather than pure Swiss. Because with such a large strength range of the participants the first 2 or 3 rounds of pure Swiss are wasted on differentiating the field such that you get interesting pairings, rather than guaranteed 1-0 results.

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by Joost Buijs » Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:14 am

hgm wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:36 am
It is usually more efficient to play the McMahon system rather than pure Swiss. Because with such a large strength range of the participants the first 2 or 3 rounds of pure Swiss are wasted on differentiating the field such that you get interesting pairings, rather than guaranteed 1-0 results.
Yes, I know that the last year or so you used the McMahon system. I don't think that mamer supports it without modification, and to be honest we took over because you were having hardware and software problems and needed more time to get the server back in good shape. This is no problem at all, but I don't want to spend time on implementing new things.

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by hgm » Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:42 am

Oh, I see. The version of mamer you are using doesn't implement McMahon. I never pushed that patch to my source-code repository. :oops:

Anyway, I did that now. So it is available, if you want it.

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by Joost Buijs » Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:52 pm

hgm wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:42 am
Oh, I see. The version of mamer you are using doesn't implement McMahon. I never pushed that patch to my source-code repository. :oops:

Anyway, I did that now. So it is available, if you want it.
In fact I used the fork of Daniel Dugovic which is based on your repo of 4 years back. It has some things fixed with respect to 64 bit compilation, and a few other enhancements. Mamer is stand-alone, I have to talk to Liesbeth about using McMahon, it won't happen this tourney, but maybe the next.

I assume that all mamer commands remain the same, and that it is just a small modification to the Swiss format?

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by chrisw » Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:46 pm

Joost Buijs wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:02 pm
The monthly on-line engine blitz tourney for July will take place on:

Saturday July 11, 2:00 PM EST (Boston time), 20:00 CET (Amsterdam time)

To connect:

winboard -zp -ics -icshost nightmare-chess.nl -icshelper timeseal -fcp ENGINE.exe -fd ENGINEFOLDER -autoKibitz

(for UCI engines, add -fUCI)

People without an account on the server can submit a request for a (new) account to admin@nightmare-chess.nl

Tourney format: 11 rounds Swiss 4/1

Our tournament manager will be: Eendje (Lisebeth) from ICC

Last time we couldn't get mamer to work with more than 10 rounds, this should be fixed now.
Is the 4/1 four moves a minute or a second?

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by Joost Buijs » Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:23 pm

The 4/1 is fisher clock: 4 minutes for the whole game and 1 second increment per move (this is per player). When we assume a game takes 60 moves, a game would take 10 minutes, the tourney with 11 rounds would take 110 minutes. In practice though the tourney will take about 2.5 hours.

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by Daniel Anulliero » Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:59 pm

Hi joost
I've some connection problems this time

Does everyone have a problem too?
Dany / Isa

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by Henk » Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:00 pm

i get "connection closed by ics"

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Re: On-line engine blitz tourney July

Post by Daniel Anulliero » Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:03 pm

Henk wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:00 pm
i get "connection closed by ics"
Same here

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