What is the Chemistry Tournament?
The Chemistry Tournament is a team and quite creative competition
How is it different from the Olympiad?
The first and perhaps main difference is the type of the tasks. All Tournament tasks are “open-type” and don’t have certain solutions in contrast to Olympiad tasks. Sometimes a task author doesn’t know the right solution and whether there is any solution.
Secondly, the Tournament is a team event (teams of 4 to 6 people take part in it). So not only personal skills are important, but a capacity for teamwork and communication skills. Also it’s very important to build a right strategy but that’s the topic for another discussion.
What role can a participant perform?
There are four main roles one can perform:
- A Reporter: introduces and defends the task solution
- An Opponent: gives a brief description of the solution, points out the shortcomings of the report, discusses it with the reporter and makes a conclusion about how good the task was solved.
- A Reviewer: evaluates the performance of the reporter and the opponent, points out main shortcomings of the report and the opposition.
- An Observer: can ask questions to anyone. This role exists only in four or five team sections.
What do the teams do before the Tournament?
Each team solves the tasks and makes a presentation for every task (except the tasks from which team is going to refuse) to introduce and defend solutions.
What happens in the Tournament?
Here is a scheme that should help you to understand how the Round goes.