Goldchess builds and develops the intellect, the mental potential of the chess players and non-chess players alike. This is very important. Goldchess has the style, even though he is only a follower and continuator of Tal, yet fully original at the same time. And this conviction has been slowly instilling in the minds of the visiting chess players. Yesterday the Grandmaster (2600+) sent me a game from the national championship, accompanied with a note: "I send it for your review because it is very Goldchess style". Awesome. Goldchess is slowly becoming a well-known brand. We invite you to search inAnalysis - We Learn Goldchess and have a look at our games there. Once you get acquainted, you will understand what Goldchess is and how beautiful this world is. Almost like chess - the Game of Kings :)
Why prizes for solutions other than the author’s original ones are lower? (Such solutions can be rewarded with up to a half of the prize or the players can receive no prize at all). The reason is quite simple. We don’t know and we can’t be sure if they have been worked out by the player on his or her own, or with the use of another piece of chess software. And we do not reward “solutions” provided with the use of chess software. As regards the author’s original solutions, stronger chess programs generally don’t provide them, so they are recognized without any reservations. Nevertheless, a prize can always be divided between the author’s original solution and a better or an outstanding solution different than the author’s original one.
Google has marginalized and derailed our (www.goldchess.com portal’s) AdWords campaign, led by Home.pl, by classifying Goldchess Rosija-America Tournament as gambling, or an activity linked to gambling.
We objected and Google in turn provided their explanations. We are presenting their statement and our response. Enjoy the reading, it’s worth it.
Google to Home.pl
The advertisement of www.goldchess.com has been correctly marked as Confirmed (limited) because of its content connected to gambling. I attach an excerpt from our AdWords Advertising Policies, which clearly shows that online chess tournaments are classified as restricted content:
Non-casino-based games played for money or prizes
Any internet-based game where money or other items of value are paid or wagered in exchange for the opportunity to win real money or prizes based on the outcome of the game
Examples: Fantasy sports, online chess tournaments, or "match-three" video games played for money or prizes
In AdWords it is not only gambling that is subject to restrictions, but also any contents connected to it, including online chess tournaments where players pay money to have a possibility to win prizes. Therefore the statement that GoldChess is not gambling does not apply here, as the scope of restrictions on advertising in AdWords is much broader.
Response from Goldchess
First of all, at Google Poland there are unprofessional and irresponsible people, who have gone too far and now will defend their reasons to the bitter end. A simple question: is Google policy or their rules above Polish law? If not, then, taking into consideration our dispute, Google has no right to exist in Poland if they undermine Polish law and access to Google should be banned in Poland. I say this based on the example of us having the decision issued by the Polish Ministry of Finance, stating that our game is not gambling-related.
In response to the letter:
1. I quote: „Non-casino-based games played for money or prizes”.
Considering this statement made by Google I ask: in what casino in the world apart from roulette and other casino-based games can you play “gambling chess?” Because as I understand we have been classified as a game that came out of casinos, or got out of their control, is played illegally “outside” of casinos, and has its own gambling activity. Insanely funny.
2.Quoting Google /Ms. Basia Leś/ further: „In AdWords it is not only gambling that is subject to restrictions, but also any contents connected to it, including online chess tournaments where players pay money to have a possibility to win prizes.”
My response: Beginning January 2016 we opened our Rosija-America Chess Tournament for the whole world; we are the first and the only ones on the whole Internet. There is no other game-tournament like ours. In this case there is no scale, no possibility of comparison, drawing conclusions or making claims of this kind. There is also no way to base your opinion on former chess tournaments simply because… there were none.
3. Moreover, all the chess tournaments in the world are based on same rules: in order to take part in any tournament, the player has to pay the tournament fee, just as in our tournament. Yet, nobody states that those are gambling-related chess tournaments because they would be ridiculed.
This was the first sound argument.
The second one: when you talk about something you need to know what it means. To make you understand better the difference between gambling and not-gambling-related games I will explain the characteristics of gambling. First of all, gambling is a game of chance which allows you to increase your bet and consequently by doing this overnight or in five minutes you may lose your house, car, wife or mother-in-law J.
There is no way of losing the above mentioned in the Goldchess Rosija-America Tournament. Chess players pay a tournament fee of $30 and play 16 rounds in the Goldchess Rosija-America Tournament for $50,000 of prizes. Moreover, there is no way to raise the bet. And lastly, the victory is achieved by mind effort, logic and one’s familiarity with chess, which are intellectual qualities. There is no randomness.
As there are no common features, there is no gambling.
If logic is not enough…
4. This seemingly refutes Google’s arguments.
Google may be a giant, a concern. However, if it remains ossified and unchangeable in its beliefs and won’t adjust to the needs of the market, it will be just a matter of time until it falls out of it and… shares the fate of dinosaurs. They were big, too, and it was the main reason of their extinction.
LK- Goldchess World to Google Polska.
After a preliminary investigation of the grounds and laws based on which Google has classified our online chess tournament as a gambling game, and of the country where such laws apply, the answer is: there are no such grounds or laws, since according to the explanation provided by Google, they create their own laws/rules not connected to any law.
Anyway, this would be the end of deliberations about the gambling nature of chess.
We call all chess players and sympathizers, who support us and don’t agree with lawless and discriminating rules of Google, to boycott Google AdWords campaigns worldwide. There are more than 400 million of us. Let us show Google our power.
On the one hand, Goldchess has a lot in common with the discipline of solving chess problems in that the competitors look for precisely defined solutions. It is, however, a truly modern form of solving, as it involves playing against a computer engine, the CEEC (Chess Elite Educational Computer).
On the other hand, Goldchess is a mirror image of a practical game of chess: you need to beat an actual opponent. Even though the CEEC is not very strong, its strength roughly corresponds to that of an 1800 FIDE-rated player, it does pose difficulties to competitors pursuing the solution. Not only does the player need to uncover the engine's weaknesses through persistent interaction, but he/ she also needs to find the solution faster than other competitors to secure the prize.
Solving Goldchess problems is creative in that the competitors need to meticulously search through a large number of new positions (unlimited takebacks allowed), evaluate them and estimate the chances that the problems' instructions are satisfied. Precise border conditions allow the competitors to show their adaptation skills and promote those who operate the fastest.
Finding solutions different from those intended by the author is fair game as long as all the conditions are satisfied. Experience shows that this situation is not uncommon. For example, at this year's Goldchess Polish Championship, none of the three medalists found the author's solution and yet managed to satisfy all of the problem's requirements as specified by the author. In the 8th round of the Rosija-America tournament at www.goldchess.com, two players succeeded in finding the author's solution (one of the conditions in this particular case was that the exact solution be found).
One may develop an edge in solving Goldchess problems in multiple ways. Being a very strong chessplayer is definitely helpful, but it does not guarantee a win. There have been multiple cases already where an amateur competitor managed to beat strong opposition of professional chess players.
A notable advantage of Goldchess problems over solving regular chess problems is that the former do not lend themselves to being cracked by the strongest engines. Tests with Rybka, Houdini and Fritz have all shown that one cannot simply load the position and let a top engine deliver the required solution. The engines do not satisfy border conditions of, for instance, a checkmate on move 30. This, in turn, confirms that having a high chess rating is not necessarily advantageous.
Goldchess is a new type of quality chess problem solving. It is a “new way of chess.”
Feel free to visit our website www.goldchess.com. We have a Contest for the most beautiful chess game (everybody is welcome to submit their games), a Genius Test with prizes of $100, a free game Gold0 with a weekly prize of $50, as well as the revolutionary America-Rosija Tournament with a $50.000 prize pool!
The 1st edition of the America-Rosija Tournament is a replay of the Anand-Gelfand World Championship Match. The problems' positions are taken from the actual games of the match. The 2nd edition will have positions taken from the first match Anand-Carlsen! The entry fee to take part in the tournament is $30. Anybody can join the tournament at any time and compete for the prizes.
New way of chess.