Lichess4545 Ledger 041
Issue #041 - October 9, 2017
State of the League
The aftermath mentioned in the last issue continues to have ripple effects in the league. Combine that with a large number of players becoming unavailable and several teammates needed to play up a board. The alt pools were exhausted on several of the boards as close to 30 spots were needed to be filled.
The standings continue to be shaken up, and the current leaders after 5 rounds are Checkmate With Slight Advantage and The Questionmarks with 8 match points (the former team has a 0.5 point lead on tiebreaks).
Due to the diminishing alternate pools the registration for 4545 is once again open to fill alternate spots. Let your friends know if they are interested. The sign-up for the mailing list to be notified about Season 10 will continue to be open here.
Quick updates on the other leagues
- Lonewolf #8 is onto the final round! Good luck to everyone!
- #Blitz-battle: No blitz-battle this past week.
Notable Lichess4545 community member video/contributions:
ChessLeagueTV Please visit the CLTV Youtube page for VODs of the recent streams.
From the past week, highlights were:
- Coverage of @isaypotato vs @TheRatRiverTrapper Board 3 and @udaysatya vs @SpiteKnight Board 5 and a viewer choice game.
Thanks to @somethingpretentious for his work to automate the process of coming up with these stats. It is much appreciated!
Stats for Round 5 of Team (45+45):
- Biggest upset: 164 point difference slavy 1257 against dank-chessessities 1421 Gamelink
- Lowest ACPL game: TIE 9 ACPL
- Lowest combined ACPL game: TIE 19 combined ACPL
- Highest ACPL game: 117 ACPL dank-chessessitites in loss to slavy Gamelink
- Highest combined ACPL game: 215 combined ACPL dank-chessessities vs slavy Gamelink
- Longest game: Reached move 77 SirTurtle vs atil4 Gamelink
- Quickest mate: Mate on move 12 by john465 against kylecuver1 Gamelink
- Fastest draw: Ends on move 18 eie24 vs tipau Gamelink
- Fastest resign: Resignation on move 14 by revhas against mn8 Gamelink
- Longest think: 22 minutes 38.0 seconds on move 15 by Anunzio against Boviced Gamelink
- Most time left: 67 minutes 19.0 seconds SirTurtle against atil4 Gamelink
- Most time spent: 93 minutes 46.0 seconds TCGRIF against Staincastle Gamelink
Stats for Round 10 of Lonewolf:
- Biggest upset: 423 point difference slavy 1234 against truesacrifice 1657 Gamelink
- Lowest ACPL game: TIE 9 ACPL both players in Lelouch_Vi_Brittania vs Fabinou Gamelink
- Lowest combined ACPL game: 18 combined ACPL Lelouch_Vi_Brittania vs Fabinou Gamelink
- Highest ACPL game: 133 ACPL nedia in loss to JohnsonBronson Gamelink
- Highest combined ACPL game: 178 combined ACPL apetresc vs odyn1982 Gamelink
- Longest game: TIE Reached move 76
- Quickest mate: Mate on move 9 by JohnsonBronson against nedia Gamelink
- Fastest draw: Ends on move 27 chatakkuma vs GogoYubari Gamelink
- Fastest resign: Resignation on move 10 by mariuseg against eie24 Gamelink
- Longest think: 18 minutes 9.0 seconds on move 15 by liamschauerman against gyrating_kairos Gamelink
- Most time left: 42 minutes 54.0 seconds Jere24 against vitriolic Gamelink
- Most time spent: 62 minutes 54.0 seconds thchozen0ne against ReyFeroz Gamelink
Finally as always feel free to join #lichessledger on Slack if you want to help or contribute in any way to this newsletter.
Chess For You
A New Chess League!
We are announcing the Chess-series. It is a new single player tournament that seeks to solve some of the problems that Lonewolf has, namely the big mismatches that sometimes happen, the lack of progress that can be made etc.
This is our proposed systems: Players are sorted into groups and play round robin tournaments. Those groups build a hierarchy so if a player wins his group he moves up. That way all players will be similar in strength. Also any player has a chance to win his group and he can try to climb as high as possible. The details aren’t fixed but likely it will be something like this:
1 A group with the top players, N B groups, N C groups etc. and below an open Swiss section. (N = 3 or 4). At the end of the season the bottom N players of group A go down, one player per B group goes up. Probably (we’ll try how well it works) three players from B group go down, with two from C going up. (plus one spot for the top 4 finishers of the Swiss to allow very strong players to climb faster) etc.
Group size depends on whether we play single or double round robin, presumably something like 8 players for double RR, 12 for single RR.
The initial group seeding will be done by rating.
At the start of a season the pairings for each week will be published, due to the nature of RR people have plenty of time to find good games. (also games can be played in earlier weeks if both players want to). The pairing of the Swiss section will work like in the Lonewolf tournament.
A few things aren’t decided yet though so feel free to vote on:
Single or double round robin? Single round robin avoids repeat matches (and if in the next season a player happens to play against the same opponent they can switch colours then. Furthermore you need less rounds/can make bigger groups to play more different opponents.
On the flip side having double round robin might be more fair as one gets a white and a black game against each opponent. http://www.strawpoll.me/14094705
Fixed or flexible time control? A fixed time control has the advantage of being simpler whereas a flexible one gives the players the choice to change from some base time which they might or might not take. http://www.strawpoll.me/14094717
Be sure to join the #4545_chess_series channel on slack if you want to help or have questions.
From a round 5 game on board 1 in 4545: @hetraie vs @MoistvonLipwig. Black just played Bh6. White to move.
For the answer see gamelink.
Bonus Puzzle! (submitted by @mn8)
Bxf4 is threatened and Bg3 runs into ...Rf8 How does white survive?
Lichess4545 Ledger #041 ©2017 by Thienan Nguyen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Thanks to @somethinpretentious, @MoistvonLipwig and @mn8.