- The MSO Worldwide Championship
(MSOWSC) is open to everyone and is contested over 9 rounds (3 on Friday
25 August, 4 on Saturday 26 August, 2 on Sunday 27 August; check out the
time table of events for details).
- The European Shogi Championship
(ESC) is an integral part of the MSOWSC and will be contested by the best
32 European nationals or residents (according to the official July 1, 2000
FESA Elo ratings list of players that have
played at least one FESA-rated game in the preceding two years) that are
present at the start of the ESC. It only involves a predetermined pairing
of these best 32 Europeans for the first 5 rounds of the MSOWSC. As soon
as an ESC participant loses one game during any of first 3 rounds, he will
no longer be subject to the predetermined pairing, but will continue to
participate in the MSOWSC (retaining points obtained in the ESC). During
round 5, the winners of ESC round 4 play the ESC final, the losers play
for third place. During rounds 6-9 all players participate in the MSOWSC.
- If there are less than 32 Europeans (nationals and residents) present
at the beginning of round 1, that round is employed to reduce the number
of ESC players to 16. In that case, during round 1 the highest rated players
get an ESC bye and participate in round 1 of the MSOWSC.
- A fully predetermined knock-out pairings system (round 1: 1 vs 32,
2 vs 31, etc.) based on Elo ratings will be
used for the ESC.
An accelerated Swiss pairing system (round 1: 1 vs N/2+1, 2 vs N/2+2, etc.)
based on Elo ratings will be used for the
- Prize money: MSOWSC: 450, 350, 250, 200,
150, 100, 50 GBP for places 1 through 7; ESC: 200, 150, 100, 50 for places
1 through 4. Grand Prix points: 12 through 1
points for the best 12 MSOWSC players.
- Entry fee: 25 GBP (10 GBP juniors).
- In order to participate in the ESC/MSOWSC, a player must register for
for participation no later than 9:45 on Friday
25 August 2000 (the first day of the ESC/MSOWSC).
- A player can enter the MSOWSC until the beginning of round 4 (Saturday
26 August 10:00), but he is still required to register by
Friday 25 August 9:45 and to indicate at that time from which
round onwards he will participate. Late entries receive 0 or 1 McMahon-like
points as follows:
To determine what strength group a latecomer belongs to all players that
participate in round 1 of the ESC/MSOWSC are divided in three groups of
equal size (ranked by Elo rating) and the
latecomer is assigned a group (and receives the corresponding points) on
the basis of his own Elo rating.
Strength Entry after round
(Elo-based) 1 2 3
------------ - - -
Top group 0 1 1
Middle group 0 0 1
Bottom group 0 0 0
| HANDICAP TEAM MATCH|
- The Handicap Team Match is open
to everyone and is contested over 5 rounds on Wednesday 23 August 10:00
- 18:30; see time table of events).
- Teams consist of 4 players each. They can be assembled beforehand and
registered as a team or formed on the spot. The formation of national and
club teams is recommended. Some teams that are formed on the spot may have
to consist of 3 players (if the total number of participants is not a multiple
of 4 or if the number of teams would end up being odd).
- Handicaps are based on Elo ratings. A
Swiss pairing system based on average team ratings
is employed (round 1: 1 vs N/2+1, 2 vs N/2+2, etc.). Time limits: 30 minutes
per player per game + 30 seconds byoyomi.
- Primary score: A) board points (sum of indivual players' results).
Tiebreakers: B) team points (match win: 2, match draw: 1, match
loss: 0); C) board points Bucholz (sum of opponents' board points);
D) team points Bucholz (sum of opponents' team points); E)
board points SB (sum of defeated opponents' board points); F) team
points SB (sum of defeated opponents' team points).
- Prize money: 100 GBP per player of the winning
team, 50 GBP per player of the second best team. Grand
Prix points: 8 through 1 points per player for the best 8 teams.
- Entry fee: 15 GBP (6 GBP juniors).
| SHOGI FOR BEGINNERS|
- The Shogi for Beginners session
takes place on Wednesday 23 August 14:00 - 18:00 (see time
table of events) and is only open to those who have never participated
in an official Shogi tournament and have never been awarded a rank above
10 kyu by any Shogi organization or club in the world.
- The session consists of an introductory lecture and a maximum of four
rounds with a possible play-off if more than 16 players participate. Time
limits: 20 minutes per player per game.
- All participants will receive their own self-explanatory Toyota Shogi
Set, depicted with car models, mnemonic symbols, and kanji characters.
- Medals and pentamind points may be awarded, but this is not sure yet.
- Participation is FREE of charge.
| MSO WORLDWIDE BLITZ SHOGI CHAMPIONSHIP|
- The MSO Worldwide Blitz Shogi Championship
is open to everyone and is contested over 8 rounds on Thursday 24 August
14:30 - 18:30 (see time table of events).
- An accelerated Swiss pairing system (round 1: 1 vs N/2+1, 2 vs N/2+2,
etc.) based on Elo ratings will be employed.
Time limits: 8 minutes per player, with a 4 minutes replay in case of a
draw. There is no byoyomi!
- Prize money: 150, 100, 50 GBP for the best
3 players. Grand Prix points: 8 through 1 points
per player for the best 8 players.
- Entry fee: 13 GBP (5 GBP juniors).
| LESSON and DEMONSTRATION GAME|
- We are very honoured by the presence of Nakao
Osamu, 6-dan professional. He will teach a Shogi Lesson, play a demonstration
game (both these events are open to everybody free of charge), and give
a simultaneous. See time
table of events for scheduling information.
- Wednesday 23 August 20:00-22:30: Lesson
by Nakao Osamu, 6-dan professional on Shogi history
- Thursday 24 August 20:00-22:30: Demonstration
Game Nakao Osamu, 6-dan professional
against Larry Kaufman, 5-dan amateur.
- Attending the lesson and demonstration game is free of charge.
| SIMULTANEOUS EVENT|
- The Simultaneous Event takes place
on Thursday 24 August 9:30-13:30 (see time
table of events) and is open to everyone.
- Nakao Osamu, 6-dan professional and strong
players, selected by the MSO 2000 Shogi Council, will be the simultaneous
givers. The professional will preferentially play against the strongest
players (based on Elo ratings) present.
- Determination of handicaps is described below.
Handicaps in games concerning the professional follow the recommendations
of the professional, adhering as much as possible to the procedure
- Time limits: none for the simultaneous givers; 30 minutes + 30 seconds
byoyomi for their opponents. Drawn games will not be replayed.
- Prize money: 450 GBP divided equally over
all winners with a maximum of 100 GBP per person. Grand
Prix points: 4 (win), 2 (draw), 1 (loss). In case a simultaneous giver
participates in the Grand Prix, he will accumulate points in the same vein
: 4 (>70% score), 3 (>45% score), 2 (>20% score), 1 (otherwise).
- Entry fee: 10 GBP (4 GBP juniors).
| GRAND PRIX|
- There will be a Grand Prix with
cash prizes consisting of the MSO Worldwide Shogi
Championship, the Handicap Team Match,
the Simultaneous Event and the MSO Worldwide Blitz
- Any player who participates in two or more of these events automatically
accumulates GP points as follows:
- MSO Worldwide Shogi Championship (MSOWSC): 12 - 1 (for the best 12
- Handicap Team Match: 8 - 1 (for the best 8 teams);
- Simultaneous Event: 4 (win), 2 (draw), 1 (loss);
- MSO Worldwide Blitz Shogi Championship: 8 - 1 (for the best 8 players).
- Prize money: 200, 150, 100, 50 GBP for places
1 through 4.
| PRIZE MONEY|
- A total Prize Fund of 4,000 GBP
(about 6,200 US Dollars) is allocated as follows:
- MSO Worldwide Shogi Championship: 450, 350,
250, 200, 150, 100, 50 GBP for the best 7 players.
- European Shogi Championship: 200, 150, 100,
50 for the best 4 players.
- Handicap Team Match: 100, 50 GBP per player
for the best 2 teams.
- Simultaneous Event: 450 GBP divided equally
over all winners with a maximum of 100 GBP per person.
- MSO Worldwide Blitz Shogi Championship:
150, 100, 50 GBP for the best 3 players.
- Grand Prix: 200, 150, 100, 50 GBP for the
best 4 players.
- Best MSOWSC kyu-player: 50 GBP [tentative].
- Best MSOWSC junior (under 18): 50 GBP [tentative].
| SHOGI ELO RATINGS AND HANDICAPS|
- Elo ratings are important as they are used: 1) to select the ESC participants, 2) to assign points to MSOWSC
latecomers, 3) in carrying out the pairings of the ESC and MSOWSC, and
4) to determine handicaps for the Team Match
and Simultaneous Event.
- Elo ratings for MSO 2000 Shogi Festival purposes are determined in
the following order:
- Known Pan-Atlantic (USSF/FESA) Elo ratings are used when available.
- If a player has a European or American club kyu/dan-grade, it will
be converted to a Pan-Atlantic midpoint Elo rating.
- If a player has a ShogiDojo rating, this rating is used after adding
- Based on the player's own claim of his grade, converted to a Pan-Atlantic
midpoint Elo rating (possibly adjusted during the festival at the arbiters'
- The tournament arbiters try to assess the player's strength in any
other way they deem meaningful (possibly adjusted during the festival at
the arbiters' discretion).
- Handicaps (H's) correspond to Elo ratings differences (ERD's) as follows:
The effect of simultaneous play is 250*10log(N) points,
where N is the number of boards (statistically, a player who gives e.g.
a 4-board simultaneous, performs 250 *10log(4) = 151
points worse than in 1-on-1 games).
H ERD | H ERD
-- --- | -- ---
L 100 | 2P 450
B 200 | 4P 550
R 250 | 5P 750
RL 350 | 6P 1000
- The handicap in the Team Match and Simultaneous Event are being determined by rounding
the Elo rating difference (ERD) between the players down to the
nearest handicap. Two examples:
- The ERD between two players in the team match is 180 points. The stronger
player gives a L handicap (not B).
- Player A (rating 2120) gives a 5-board simultaneous and player B (rating
1000) is one of his opponents. Their ERD, adjusted for the simultaneous
effect (175 points) and reduced by an additional 40 points to be consistent
with professional handicap practice, is 905. Therefore, A gives B a 5P