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Blitz World Championship youth on the 3rd of November

Siep Buurke

translated from Dutch by Vincent Houtjes

Tuesday 3 November is the World Championship Blitz. It will start at 3 PM. In a time of 5+3, five minutes plus three seconds a move, will nine rounds of Swiss Draughts be played.

The Netherlands will participate with a huge group. 73 to be precise. This is the biggest amount of participants a country has ever taken to a World Championship Youth. Because of this tempo, it will be spectacular to watch. In contrary to the regular tournament the moving of the pieces will go with much more noise.

Five minutes plus three seconds a move means that both players start with 5 minutes on the clock. With every move they get three extra seconds to think. This system was thought of by and named after the legendary American chess player Bobby Fischer.

The Swiss system is usually used in a tournament where there are many participants but not a lot of rounds. The pairing of the first round is made with pure randomness. In the second round the winners will go against one another and the losers will go against the other losers. The next rounds the people in first place will always face off. After that the players with 1 point less, etc. Who wins every game is therefore simply the strongest.

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