Our debut at the recent FIDE World Championship in Dubai was more convulsive than we would have liked, but it was very useful to improve our game.
On the one hand, because we realized that it is not enough that everything works well, but that you also have to be prepared for the unexpected.
Guess Chess requires the feed of the moves and the clock times of the players, of course. FIDE has been doing almost everything right for a while now, but made quite a few mistakes on that broadcast. What caused dysfunctions in our system in almost all games. We even had to suspend the sixth because the result was a draw in move 2 (caprices of fate, it turned out to be the first of the match that did not end in a draw and the longest in the history of the World Championships). We have taken steps to minimize the effect of such unforeseen events.
The second type of adjustments comes from the contributions we received from the group of players who played the games, which encouraged us to introduce several changes that are now ready to be applied. The most notable is the introduction of a field where the final result of the game will be predicted and that will have its own stream of points, which will be added to the main one at the end. You can change your mind during the game, but the sooner the correct outcome is predicted, the more points you will earn. At the start, the most unlikely results bring more points.
There are other changes that you can see for yourself when playing the games, we remember that it is still free, open to everyone and in each game we will distribute $ 496.
FIDE Chess rapid is played at 15 ‘per player + 10’ ‘per move. While Guess Chess was conceived with classical chess in mind, we believe that even at this speed it can be fun. Not in blitz, which would be too much. In rapid, some moves will be very difficult to predict because they will move very fast, but for that reason they would also award few points, and as in case of failure the penalty is still 50 points, it is worth not giving them too much importance and focus on predicting when the players think more and about the final result of the game.
We believe we are prepared for everything to work properly, but we take this 3-day tournament as a second general test. The first big event at Guess Chess, if all goes normal, will be the Tata Steel / Wijk aan Zee from January 14 to 30, 2022.