for the group
The Slowtimers group is designed for those who
are 'MATURE IN SPIRIT' and who prefer long time controls such as 60 30,
45 45 or
started this group because I thought it would
be a good idea to have chess opponents with
whom you could arrange games and
tournaments. Picking opponents at random with a seek can be fine but I
often I would run into characters who were less than gentlemen. My
began to grow rapidly. I would get abusive comments, disconnecting in
positions, repeated requests for aborts and draws in losing positions.
that by creating a group with a limited number of members the
membership could get
games with people they could, for the most part, trust. Also, it could
some nice international friendships.
So far, my experience has been nothing but
positive. I have played and watched many enjoyable games, met many
over the world and enjoyed friendly competitions. I know
this is also true for many our members. All of us can benefit
by membership in such an organization.
In starting the group, I also wanted to keep
as informal as possible. Most of us have spent our lives as citizens
and members of work groups
living with millions of rules and regulations. Here is a place where we
can escape from this as much as possible. The game of
chess has enough
intrinsic rules without creating more. We
love to play chess, but let’s not have it regulated with a myriad of
Furthermore, it seems to me that the voyage is the important part. It
whether we win this game or that competition even though winning is
exhilarating and sometimes losing can be bitter. To paraphrase MaxII:
a chess game is as much an artistic experience as a competition.”
So, the goal of the Slowtimers is to keep it
simple, create lasting friendships, play great games, enjoy friendly
competition, act kindly towards one another and, now and then, create a
that you can consider “A Masterpiece.”
the only rules for the Slowtimers group:
- Good manners and
sportsmanship are crucial. No abuse of any kind will be accepted!
- When you are contacted by your opponent you should
respond promptly even if it is to say that you cannot or will not play
that game. The Slowtimers group is built on gentlemanly conduct with
consideration for all the members.
- To make sure you get your messages, I would suggest you
have your icc messages emailed to you. The command is: "set messmail
1". This will help to make sure you know who has contacted you.
- If you have tried to contact
your opponent with no result then notify either MaxII or myself (reijo)
and we will take it from there.
In the competition pages you can
see the time schedule for the games.
The schedules given per round are to be considered as guidelines
only. You can play your games in any order you
wish providing you can make an agreement with your opponent. So, if you
wish, you can play round 4 first and round 1 last if it suits you and
- Games not played will remain on
the schedule until the end. At the start of the last round, an email
will go out to remind those who have not completed their games to do so
as soon as they can. At that time a final deadline for completion of
all games will be given. When the deadline arrives all unplayed games
will be removed with no penalty. The winner of the tournament will be
determined at that time.
July 24th, 2008
Max is back after being super busy at work. He was unable to keep the
Slowtimers site up to date.
Here is the plan now:
We are going to delete all running tournaments and start fresh soon
with the Humble Pawn Tournament.
It will take Max a while to get all up to date and I will let you know
on here when that happens.
There will be no bulk email notices sent out. I had some real problems
with virus doing that. All it takes is one address on my list to have
a virus and it causes serious problems. I was getting thousands of
returned emails supposedly from me. The virus goes into the address
book and sends emails as if they came from that person.
So, you can check the Yahoo site often or change your preferences to
receive all posts as emails. If you don't know how to do that then let
me know and I can change your preferences for you.
All results will still be posted on Max's Slowtimers site @
I will keep you up to date on happenings.
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