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Release Notes 2021-04-22

1. Feature: Fair Play “smart cheating” mode The Fair Play report is designed to give arbiters real-time feedback about which players are more likely to be getting assistance. The players…

Release Notes 2021-03-26

By far and away our most requested feature from players has been the ability to choose their own design chess set. Today we finally released this feature! 1. Feature: Customize…

Release Notes 2021-03-20

Our theme for this post is Bullets. In a controversial week for Tornelo our first attempt at a 1200 player lobby (a bullet for me), a Fair Play decision (bullet…

Release Notes 2021-03-17

Tick-tock! 1. Feature: Multiple game periods on clocks Clock settings on Tornelo now offer multiple time-periods. Time for the period plus increment are entered in seconds. By default there are…

Why we suffered our first “crash”

Tornelo does something quite unique in the world of online chess platforms. We have the concept of a Tournament Lobby. Imagine an OTB event and Tornelo is your Venue. The…

Release Notes 2021-03-02

This month our focus was on speed! We are hosting the World Universities Online Chess Championships in a few weeks with over 1000 players in a single Division. We made…

Arbiter resources

Way back in August I was listening to Adam Raoof’s The Chess Circuit podcast and heard a great chat with Peter Hornsby who had organised a huge English leagues event…

Major Changes: Release Notes 2021-02-01

It’s been nearly 3 months since we last released changes to Tornelo, but you’re about to see some significant changes with over 75 improvements being released!  Changes are NOT YET…

FIDE approves hybrid competitions for rating

A landmark announcement today with FIDE declaring that Hybrid Chess Tournaments (played online) will now be eligible for FIDE Ratings. With virtually no rated tournaments taking place in 2020, and…

Stop trying to catch cheaters

Think of cheating in online chess tournaments like a virus, and catching a cheater is like curing the disease … without contact tracing, masks and social distancing, no amount of…
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