About a month and a half ago I set this tournament up with the promise that I would get a thread started "soon". Also, I warned that all the rules were subject to change. Well, the originally scheduled start date is tomorrow, but since I didn't post the thread until, well, whenever I finish writing this, I'm going to have to call in that "subject to change" provision and move back the start date. I want to make sure that anyone who wants to play gets the chance, this tourney will take so long to finish that an extra week before it starts isn't really the end of the world.
Here is the link to the tournament page:
This is an invitational only event, so if you want to play and have not yet been invited: POST YOUR CHESS.COM SCREENNAME IN THIS THREAD and I will invite you. All members of this forum are eligible!
The official start date (and I'm not going to change it again) is Saturday, November 26th. The winner* of this tournament will receive an automatic entry into the first 2+2 Chess Championship Candidate's Match to be held after the tournament concludes. I have given up on the idea of hurrying to finish this in time for the 2012 Candidate's Match, so I have removed the "no vacation" provision (considering that the winter Holidays are shortly after the tourney begins). Right now there are 15 registered entrants. If we end up with 25 or less, then the final structure will be groups of 5, with the top two advancing, so that we'll have 6-10 people moving on to the second round, split into two groups, and then a Final Four in the third round to determine a winner. Should we get 26+ entrants, I will instead make it groups of 4, with only the winner of each group advancing.
If anyone has any additional rules questions, just ask. We have an actual thread for the event now, after all
Sorry it took me so long to post this thread like I promised, and my apologies to anyone who was eagerly awaiting this beginning tomorrow. Patience is a virtue, I've been told.
*If the winner has already earned a Candidate's berth, then this prize will instead be awarded to whomever finishes highest that hasn't already earned a berth.