European Champion Sergei Tiviakov wins with 23 points from 9 rounds
The 2nd Mangalia International Chess Festival, popular “Neptun”, took place on June 21-29 at the Romanian Black Sea coast. The tournament was exceptionally strong, with European Champion Sergei Tiviakov as top seeded, but the first thing that catches the wandering journalist’s eye is highly unusual scoring system.
Here are the tournament rules: each game bears three points instead of the “normal” one. In case of decisive result, the winner receives three points, the defeated signs zero. But if the game ends in a draw, each player takes one point and then they move in to play Armageddon blitz game (5 minutes for White, 4 for Black + draw odds) for the remaining third point. Thus a game can give 3-0 or 2-1 score.
However, in regard with FIDE rating calculations, the usual 1; 0.5; 0 system applies.
This extravagant scoring plan will surely cause lots of discussion, particularly in combination with the issue of Armageddon games, raised after the US Women’s Championship tiebreak.
Here are the standings and info.
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