Continuous Self-paired Tournament

Location Anywhere, Anytime
Director(s) Jim Levenick
Eligibility Registered players
Open or Invitational? Open

The Self-Paired Tournament will consist of any game you want to play during the Congress that both players want the AGA to rate. You may play any other registered player. The AGA will rate a maximum of three games between any one pair of players. Play as many games as you like, any time during the week.

Time Limit. Either player may request the use of a clock. If a clock is used, time limits are set by mutual agreement. However, for a game to be AGA rated, it must have a minimum of 30 minutes per player and byo-yomi of five 15-second segments. (We suggest that 45 minutes basic time is most in keeping with the spirit of this tournament.) Any deviations must be approved by the TD.

Duration. The tournament begins after registration on Saturday, August 4th. All games must be completed and results reported by 2:00 pm on Saturday August 11th.

Pairing. Opponents are self-paired. Each pair of opponents may play only three games with each other. Be sure to agree to the conditions of play before you start. For example, if you are frustrated by slow play, use a clock.

Ratings. Players begin the tournament on August 4th at the center of their AGA rating. Players who have no AGA rating will begin at the rating corresponding to the middle of their stated ranks. (For example, a stated rank of 3 Dan corresponds to a rating of 3.5.) Each morning updated ratings will be posted based on the previous day’s results from the US Open and Self-Paired tournaments. Please check both your rating and your results for accuracy.

Game Reports. Follow this link to report your games. You will also receive game reporting slips. The winner should be circled and the loser should sign the slip; put completed slips in the box in the reporting area. We plan to have computer kiosks and slip boxes in the Philosophers’ Lounge in Ware Pavilion, and near the Registration Desk in the Blue Ridge Center Lobby.

Disputes. Try to avoid them as much as possible! Remember that tournament rules apply and take them seriously. The rules themselves allow for resolution of most disputes by continuing play. If a serious disagreement arises that the players cannot resolve themselves, they may consult the director or some other agreed authority (for example Kyu players may abide by the opinion of a strong Dan level player), but this should be a last resort.

Handicaps. Handicaps are derived from the number of rating points separating the two players as follows. (White wins all draws):

Rating Difference —— Handicap
0.0 to 0.5 —– white gets 7.5 points komi
0.6 to 1.5 —– 1 Stone, 0.5 komi
1.6 to 2.5 —– 2 Stones
2.6 to 3.5 —– 3 Stones
3.6 to 4.5 —– 4 Stones
4.6 to 5.5 —– 5 Stones
5.6 to 6.5 —– 6 Stones
6.6 to 7.5 —– 7 Stones
7.6 to 8.5 —– 8 Stones
8.6 and over — 9 Stones

The rating difference is calculated according to the players’ ratings:

If both players have either positive ratings (Dan) or negative ratings (Kyu), then simply subtract the smaller number from the larger to get the Rating Difference. For example, if a player with a rating of 3.1 were to play someone with a rating of 3.7, the Rating Difference would be 0.6 points, and the handicap would be for white to get 0.5 points komi.

If one player has a positive rating and the other player has a negative rating, then account must be taken of the fact that there are no ratings between -0.99 and +0.99 (ranks go from 1 Kyu to 1 Dan, with no 0 Kyu or Dan.) Add the absolute value of the ranks and subtract 2.0. For example, a player with a rating of 2.4 paired with a player with a rating of -1.2 would have a Rating Difference of 2.4 + 1.2 - 2.0 = 1.6 and therefore play with a handicap of 2 stones.

Prizes. The following certificates will be awarded to players in the Continuous Self-Paired Tournament:

Champion: the player who records the greatest excess of wins over losses.
Hurricane: The player who records the greatest number of wins.
Giant Killer: The Kyu player who wins the most games against Dan players (also known as the “Dan Killer” award).
Keith Arnold: The Dan player who wins the most games against Kyu players (also known as the “Kyu Killer” award).
Grasshopper: The player whose rating increases the most during the tournament.
Straight Shooter: The player who scores the most victories against players of consecutive ranks (based on ranks stated on name tags). For example, victories against a 2 Dan, a shodan, a 1 Kyu, a 2 Kyu, and a 3 Kyu would total a straight shooter score of 4.
Dedicated: The player who plays the most games.
Sensei: The player who plays the most games against weaker players (also known as the “Teacher” award).
Faithful: The player with the smallest rating change.
Philanthropist: The player with the most losses.
Optimist: The player with the largest rating decrease.

Current standings for the various prizes (updated hourly) may be viewed here: .