How do I pronounce JOOC?
JOOC stands for Junior Online Oceania Chess and is pronounced "Juice"
How is a team made up?
The JOOC league is a team event and you need a minimum of four players to be in your age division and in your team. Each team-member represents their city and each city has a name and a mascot.
Which team do I belong to?
You can see the team you belong to by visiting the JOOC league tournament page. Click an age division on the left and then look at the Group column on the right for your team name. We recommend you find who else is in your team so you can support them.
Where is my teams' Mascot?
Each city has a team mascot and team name. You can see all the mascots on the Homepage.
What if my age is wrong?
We calculate your age based on the year only. So if you were born in 2012, for JOOC your age is 2020 - 2012 = 8.
What if my age is not listed?
You should contact your team manager and tell them your Year of birth. The team managers contact details are listed below.
What if my Group (Team) is not listed?
You should contact the team manager for the city you would like to represent. The team managers contact details are listed below.
What if my rating is listed as Zero?
You guessed it. Contact your team manager and tell them your approximate rating. The team managers contact details are listed below.
What if there are fewer than four people in my division representing my city?
Tell everybody you know in your city to sign up for JOOC! You need four players to be competitive so try and encourage your friends to join. Send your friends this link https://www.chess.com.au/. Tell them it is an awesome opportunity to represent their city across the whole of Oceania!
What if we don't get four players for our team by the time the league starts? Do I still get a game?
Don't worry, you will still get a game. It is just that your team won't be as competitive as a team that has four or more players. Just keep trying to get some friends to join.
I noticed some teams have a lot of players. Is that fair?
Well, in the league only the top four players' scores count towards their team score. So if you have 20 players in a team, only the top four count. Bigger teams just have a bit of a buffer in case their strongest players are having a bad day.
How should I prepare for my first game in the league?
We highly encourage you to play lots of chess in the coming week. Also, try and do puzzles as well. That will help get your chess brain in top gear. And get a good night's sleep on the Friday night before the league.
Ok, so when does the JOOC league start exactly?
The first game starts on ANZAC day, April 25. The start time depends on your location. See the table below.
One game per week, every Saturday at the following times:
Perth, Australia AWST (UTC +8) Sat, 25 Apr 2020 2:00 pm
Adelaide, Australia ACST (UTC +9:30) Sat, 25 Apr 2020 3:30 pm
Melbourne, Australia AEST (UTC +10) Sat, 25 Apr 2020 4:00 pm
Brisbane, Australia AEST (UTC +10) Sat, 25 Apr 2020 4:00 pm
Auckland, New Zealand NZST (UTC +12) Sat, 25 Apr 2020 6:00 pm
Games are expected to last about 1 hour.
What time should I join?
We recommend you join at least 30 minutes before the start time. Set an alarm to make sure you don't miss the event! This will give you time to sort out any technical issues with your equipment. It is a good idea to join earlier in the day to test your equipment is working properly. We will be using Zoom for communication with the arbiter.
The most important Zoom features you will need is learning how to Raise your Hand and Unmute and Mute your microphone. To raise your hand, click Participants and then click the Raise Hand button.
To temporarily unmute in Zoom, you can hold down your space bar.
What equipment will I need?
As a bare minimum you will need a stable internet connection and a speaker. It is helpful to also have a microphone and a web camera but these aren't essential. It is preferable if you have a desktop or laptop computer. But if you have no choice, a tablet should work as well. It is best if you avoid using a mobile phone to connect.
What if we have multiple siblings joining the event?
If you have siblings, you will need a separate device for each sibling. Each sibling will also need to participate in a different room so the device microphones and speakers don't affect each other.
What are the rules?
There really is only one rule when playing your games. You cannot get help from anybody else during your game. This includes friends, siblings, parents, phones, computers or anything else. Anyone found to be getting help will be banned from this event and all future events, so just don't do it.
Here is a helpful video from ChessKid.com that talks about good types of behaviour in online games. We hope it is helpful.
When are the rest of the games?
The games are played each week for seven weeks. The dates are:
Round 1 - April 25
Round 2 - May 2
Round 3 - May 9
Round 4 - May 16
Round 5 - May 23
Round 6 - May 30
Round 7 - June 6
How many games do we play?
You just play a single game each week. The time control is 25 minutes for your whole game. And you get a bonus of 10 seconds added to your clock when you make each move.
Who will I be playing?
You will be paired against another junior from a different city. Your opponent may be from the same country or a different country, but they will always be from a different city somewhere in Oceania. The pairing will not happen until close to the start of the event as the pairing depends on players being in attendance.
What do I do when I have finished my game?
It is a good idea to watch your team-mates games. You can also view the standings to see how well you are doing as a team. Once you are done, you can stay until all the games are finished to hear the final results or you can leave whenever you like. Remember, you can always check the results on the Tornelo tournament page for the league https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/ku/events/junior-online-oceania-chess-league/
How do I connect to the league to play my game?
You will be connecting to Zoom for your audio/video feed. And you will connect to Tornelo for your game feed.
ZOOM Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87024648079
No sign-in required. Just join as an attendee. Please use your REAL NAME in the Zoom meeting so we can communicate with you.
TORNELO Link: https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/ku/events/junior-online-oceania-chess-league
You must make sure you sign in to Tornelo. Click sign in in the top right corner and sign in with the same email address you used to sign up for JOOC.
Once you are signed in, you will need to check in. That way we will know you have arrived.
Watch this helpful video to learn how to check-in.
What if none of these answers answered my question?
Contact your JOOC team manager. All team managers' contact details are below.
1. Team Scoring
The BEST 4 SCORES from players IN YOUR AGE DIVISION will form the Team Score. A winning team will be declared in EACH DIVISION. There is no "overall" result.
2. Moving Divisions
You may play in Older Age Divisions (eg. If you are 10 years old you may play in Under 18s). Please talk with your Team Manager to make sure your players are allocated to the CORRECT Age Divisions before Saturday. Once the event starts you cannot move between divisions.
3. Start Times
Please take careful note of your LOCAL start time. One game per week, every Saturday at the following times:
4. Checking Your Details
Please visit the tournament page and check your Name, Division, Team and Rating are correct. Your Team Manager should collate all changes required and forward them to me to update Tornelo before Saturday.
5. Do you play the Melbourne Chess Club Allegro?
You can play both events! MCC has agreed for you to take a 1 point Bye in Round 5 (and a zero-point bye in Round 6) if you are trying to play in both events.
6. What happens on the day?
You need to:
a) Join the Tournament Lobby (games played on Tornelo.com, make sure you sign-in)
b) Join the Arbiter's Room (Using Zoom to communicate, use camera and mic)