Information for our online tournaments
IAC online tournaments are held on lichess. Please set up an account on https://lichess.org/ if your child does not already have one. To do so, please visit here: https://lichess.org/signup
Once you have an account created you have the option to enable "Kid Mode" which will disable any communication from opponents to your children. To set up Kid Mode simply visit https://lichess.org/account/kid after setting up the account. It will ask you to create a password so that your child will not be able to enable chat or messaging on their own.
Lastly you will need to join the IAC team, which you can do by visiting https://lichess.org/team/international-academy-of-chess
Tournaments in the IAC Summer Series will be Arena tournaments rather than Swiss. The difference is that with a Swiss (the system that weekend tournaments use) players are paired and then the next round cannot begin until the current round has finished completely. This means that the players of the first game that finishes have to wait until the last game finishes before they can play again. Sometimes this leads to children sitting around and getting restless. With Arena pairings, the first round is paired by rating, then as soon as a game finishes the system will look to pair the players waiting for games with others close to their same score as quickly as it can manage.
This means that during a two hour online event your child may wind up playing several games more than they would at a weekend tournament at a school.
For prizes we will have one trophy for every ten participants. In other words, if there are 10 kids there will be one trophy, 20 there will be two trophies, etc. We checked with our trophy supplier and they will be able to mail the trophies directly to the winners. It's pretty pricey for us, but we feel it's worth it for the kids to still be able to win trophies. Additionally, we will be awarding two free entries into future tournaments for each 10 players as well.
The time control will be 10+5. This means that each player starts out with 10 minutes on their clocks and gets five seconds added to their time each time they make a move. So a player who makes a move with 8:40 remaining on their clock would then have 8:45 remaining.