Yorkshire Chess yesterday launched a second Fantasy Chess Olympiad (FCO) competition giving chess fans another chance to pick their dream team for the Tromsø Olympiad.The main FCO competition attracted 696 entries from 71 countries and is now in full swing. After four rounds the contest is led by ‘knightrenzel’ from the United States. However, with six rounds still to go the competition remains wide open.
Now a second competition has been launched for chess fans who missed the entry deadline for the main FCO, those who entered teams that are not performing well and existing participants who are hungry for more!
The ‘Week2Sprint’ competition will begin when round 6 of the Tromsø Olympiad gets under way giving players six rounds to score points based on the teams they select as well as the accuracy of predictions they make about overall results.
Interest in the main competition was beyond the organisers' expectations, as Dave Shapland of Yorkshire Chess explains:
We’ve been delighted with the positive response we’ve received both from chess fans and from sponsors. Thanks to the generous donations of our partners we’ve amassed a huge prize pool for the competition. This has enabled us to award prizes for the highest scoring team in each round and run some daily ‘predict-the-result’ competitions.
It’s also been interesting to see how many of the players in Tromsø have entered FCO teams. Perhaps some of them will use their rest day to select teams for the ‘Week2Sprint’!
As the FCO moves into its second week the focus will increasingly turn towards the fundraising ambitions the organisers have for the project. Instead of charging an entry fee they are asking players to donate to chess development and education projects. All donors will be entered into a prize draw to be made at the end of the FCO and there are some high-value prizes up for grabs.
Yorkshire Chess also plan to award ‘Most Valuable Player’ medals to the individuals in Tromsø who score the most FCO points for their managers. Due to the peculiarities of the FCO points scoring system the identities of the Open and Women’s section MVPs could very well be different to those of the individual medal winners in Tromsø.
An online entry form
is available for players to submit their teams for the ‘Week2Sprint’. The
closing date for entries is 13.00 (GMT)
on Friday the 8th of August.