The Emerald Specter Chess Club is an organized competition for chess that will be a combination of chess and sumo.
Just like sumo, the ESCC will hold six tournaments annually that will have a one move per day time control, allowing for the tournament to proceed quickly. Each tournament will be divided into divisions, and just like sumo (or soccer), one can rise to the top division or be relegated into a lower division based on performance. The first thing to explain are the divisions.
The ESCC is divided into divisions, with the Gold Division being the top of the ladder. Depending on the response and demand, further divisions will be added to accommodate the demand.
Each division will be groups of 12 players, with the possibility of 24 players per division if the demand is great enough. This is designed to accommodate point gathering totals that will be uniform in awarding titles and determining promotion/relegation. With 12 players, each player will play 22 total games.
With repeated competition comes the institution of titles. Unlike chess or sumo, titles such as Grandmaster or Yokozuna will not be used. Instead, the term “Adept” will be utilized in order to rank the participants in the ESCC. The titles and their requirements are listed below:
Sapphire Adept: In order to reach this title a player needs only to achieve 11 points in a tournament (this was calculated as every game drawn, no losses). There are a maximum of FOUR possible positions available on the rankings. Being relegated from this title is as simple as failing to score at least 11 points.
Ruby Adept: In order to reach this title a player needs only to achieve 11 points in a tournament from the Sapphire Adept position. There are a maximum of FOUR possible positions available on the rankings, and there can only be a total of FOUR Ruby and Sapphire Adepts total. Being relegated from this title is as simple as failing to score at least 11 points. Relegation from Ruby Adept is to Sapphire Adept.
Emerald Adept: Promotion to this title requires some benchmarks to be met. First, the Ruby Adept must have scored a minimum of 39 points over the last three tournaments, with the most recent score being at least 15 points. Second, there can be no score less than 11 points in any of those last three tournaments. Third, if the player wins the tournament, this results in automatic promotion for the player regardless of the first two requirements.
Relegation from Emerald Adept occurs in two stages: if the player scores less than 11 points in a tournament, the Emerald Adept will be “chipped.” A second straight sub-11 point performance will result in relegation back to Ruby Adept. In the tournament immediately following the relegation, if the player scores 14 points they are promoted back to Emerald Adept. Failing to achieve the 14 points resets the requirements for promotion.
Diamond Adept: Promotion to this title requires benchmarks to be met. First, the Emerald Adept must have scored a minimum of 42 points over the last three tournaments, with the most recent score being at least 18 points. Second, there can be no score less than 11 points in any of the three tournaments. Third, if the player wins two consecutive tournaments and their score from the tournament prior to that one is greater than 11 points, they will be promoted to Diamond Adept. Four, if the tournament prior to their two consecutive tournament wins is sub-11 points, the tournament following must have a score of no less than 18 points for promotion.
Relegation from Diamond Adept occurs in two stages (like Emerald Adept): if the player scores less than 11 points in a tournament, the Diamond Adept will be “chipped.” A second straight sub-11 point performance will result in relegation back to Emerald Adept. The requirements for promotion back to Diamond Adept will need to be achieved again in order to be promoted back into the title.
Originally founded on the concept of quarterly tournaments, the ESCC has adopted the schedule that sumo uses: six tournaments annually. These tournaments will be in January, March, May, July, September, and November.
Initially, the naming convention was going to be “Emerald Specter March Basho 2018,” but have decided that there will more interest utilizing “ESCC March Basho I” (and for subsequent years, II, III, IV, etc).
Prior to each tournament (subsequent to the Emerald Specter 2018 Winter Basho), a ranking will be published on this website. This will provide the basis for promotion and relegation, as well as determining who will be eligible for titles. An example of the rankings would be:In the example, Sara Case would find it hard to be promoted to SA (Sapphire Adept) in one tournament, due to being ranked last.
The ESCC was founded in December of 2017, so expansion is likely.
This was started with a single division of 12 players. When the returning players of the top division is 12, the division will be expanded to 24 (leaving the same 24 returning players required to expand further). Each division will have no more than 48 players (meaning the top four players advance to a “special round” to compete beyond the scope of the ESCC tournament). When the Gold Division achieves 24 players, though, the Silver Division will be introduced with the 12 player base to start with, allowing for promotion and relegation to occur.
This is the page that will be updated with new rules, requirements, and divisions as the ESCC grows.