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    MCC Rapid Matchplay Championship (Mondays 3 - 24 Jan 2022)

    2022 MCC Rapid Matchplay Championship

    Enter and view current entries (via Tornelo page)

    Format
    See Next Post for details.

    Tournament to be played in a manner similar to the FIDE World Cup, but where all players who are knocked out prior to the semi-finals are inserted into a “Consolation” Swiss tournament instead of being eliminated altogether.

    All pairings will be determined using Tornelo (if any player has no Tornelo rating, their rapid or classical FIDE or ACF rating may be used instead).


    Time Control
    Allegro games - 13 minutes per game + 2 seconds per move
    Blitz games (if needed) - 3 minutes per game + 2 seconds per move
    Armageddon games (if needed) - White: 5 minutes, Black: 4 minutes (for all moves)

    Entry Fee
    $45 per MCC adult member; $35 per MCC junior/concession member (add $15 for non-MCC member).
    Free entry for any MCC member GM/WGM, IM/WIM or FM/WFM.

    2022 MCC Membership applications/renewals: 2022 MCC Membership Trybooking Page

    Timetable
    Mon 3rd Jan, 7.15pm - Preliminary Qualification
    Mon 10th Jan, 7.15pm - Knock out rounds 1 & 2 (Consolation Swiss rounds 1-4)
    Mon 17th Jan, 7.15pm - Knock out rounds 3 (Qtr Finals) & 4 (Semi Finals) (Consolation Swiss rounds 5-8)
    Mon 24th Jan, 7.15pm - Knock out round 5 (Final) (Consolation Swiss rounds 9-12)


    Prizes (provisional)
    $1400 prize pool
    Knock Out - 1st - $400, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $200, 4th - $100

    Consolation Swiss - 1st - $100, 2nd - $60
    3 rating groups: 1st - $50, 2nd - $30

    Rating
    The event will be Tornelo rated only.

    Results/Pairings
    In Chess Chat tournament discussion thread

    Tournament Organiser and Arbiter
    Thai Ly (0421 912 296 or melbchessclub@gmail.com)

    Further Questions
    melbchessclub@gmail.com

    ENTER HERE

    (NOTE: MCC will be following all current government directives re COVID. Please see Tornelo tournament page for more details).
    Last edited by Thai Ly; 28-12-2021 at 04:20 PM.

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    Details of Format

    Apologies for the detailed posted - MCC is always open to experimenting with novel formats and this can sometime require a bit of explanation.

    Format
    Tournament to be played in a manner similar to the FIDE World Cup, but where all players who are knocked out prior to the semi-finals are inserted into a “Consolation” Swiss tournament instead of being eliminated altogether.

    All pairings will be determined using Tornelo (if any player has no Tornelo rating, their rapid or classical FIDE or ACF rating may be used instead).

    Knock Out Tournament:
    Monday 3 January 2022 – Preliminary Qualification (only required if number of entries is greater than 32 players – if entries are equal to or less than 32, the tournament will proceed to Round 1 and the event shortened by one night).
    All players will play a 5 round Allegro Swiss.
    The top 32 finishing players will then qualify for round 1.
    Tornelo's tie-break system may be used to determine the final players who finish in the top 32.

    Monday 10 January 2022 – Round 1 (round of 32) and Round 2 (round of 16)
    The 32 qualifiers will be seeded into round 1 by the following method:
    - Standing in the qualification tournament; then
    - Their Tornelo rating (or alternative rating if applicable)

    All 32 players will be inserted into a pre-determined draw such that the top seeds are as far apart as possible in the draw at all rounds (see attached figure) Knock-out draw.jpg.

    All players will be paired for round 1 according to seeding (i.e. 1 v 32, 2 v 31, 3 v 30, etc). Pairings for round 2 will then proceed per the pre-determined draw.
    For each round, all players will play a match of 2 Allegro games.
    If scores are equal after the 2 Allegro games, then the following series of blitz games will determine the match winner:
    - Best of 4 blitz games; then
    - Best of 1 Armageddon blitz game with draw odds for black.
    Colours for pairings of the Allegro games, the blitz games and the Armageddon games will be done randomly.

    Monday 17 January 2022 – Round 3 (Quarter-Finals) and Round 4 (Semi-Finals)
    The format will be the same as for rounds 1 and 2.
    The winner of each Semi-final will enter the Final.
    The loser of each Semi-final will enter the 3rd Place Playoff.

    Monday 24 January 2022 – Round 5 (Final and 3rd Place Playoff)
    The format will be the same as for the preceding rounds, except that each Allegro match will be best of 4 games (instead of 2 games).
    If scores are equal after the 4 Allegro games, then the following series of blitz games will determine the match winner:
    - Best of 4 blitz games; then
    - Best of 1 Armageddon blitz game with draw odds for black.
    The winner of the Final will finish in 1st place in the Tournament and the title of MCC Rapid Matchplay Champion.
    - The loser of the Final will finish in 2nd place in the Tournament.
    - The winner of the 3rd Place Playoff will finish in 3rd place and the loser in 4th place in the Tournament.

    Consolation Swiss Tournament:
    All rounds of the Consolation Swiss will be played at Allegro time control (13 mins + 2 secs).

    Monday 10 January 2022 – Rounds 1-4
    Round 1 will comprise all players who initially failed to qualify for the Knock Out Tournament. This may include (at the organiser’s discretion) any player who wishes to enter as a late entry.
    Colours for pairings for round 1 will be done at random. Colours for round 2 pairings will proceed per normal Tornelo process.
    Players who are eliminated from round 1 of the Knock Out Tournament will be inserted into the field before round 3 of the Consolation Swiss. Each such player will be allocated a score equal to that of the leader of the Consolation Swiss at the end of round 2.
    Pairings for round 3 and 4 will then proceed per normal Tornelo process.
    Players who are eliminated from round 2 of the Knock Out Tournament will be inserted into the field before round 5 of the Consolation Swiss. Each such player will be allocated a score equal to that of the leader of the Consolation Swiss at the end of round 4.

    Monday 17 January 2022 – Rounds 5-8
    The format will be the same as for preceding rounds.
    Players who are eliminated from the Knock Out Tournament Quarter-Finals will be inserted into the field before round 7 of the Consolation Swiss. Each such player will be allocated a score equal to that of the leader of the Consolation Swiss at the end of round 6. No further player insertions will be needed after round 7.

    Monday 24 January 2022 – Rounds 9-12
    The format will be the same as for preceding rounds.
    Prize winners be determined by the final standings as at the end of the tournament (i.e. round 12).

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    Promises to be a fantastic event. Always good to try a new format!
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    3 days to go till the tournament start!
    Some excliting moments ahead for participants (including possible Armaggedons!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Ly View Post

    Format
    Tournament to be played in a manner similar to the FIDE World Cup,

    Knock Out Tournament:
    Monday 3 January 2022 Preliminary Qualification (only required if number of entries is greater than 32 players if entries are equal to or less than 32, the tournament will proceed to Round 1 and the event shortened by one night).
    All players will play a 5 round Allegro Swiss.
    The top 32 finishing players will then qualify for round 1.
    Tornelo's tie-break system may be used to determine the final players who finish in the top 32.
    Will there be a deadline for entries? Say 5pm/CoB Monday 3rd. That way players know whether or not they need to come in to play or "get the night off". Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAHAHAHA View Post
    Will there be a deadline for entries? Say 5pm/CoB Monday 3rd. That way players know whether or not they need to come in to play or "get the night off". Cheers
    My understanding is that everyone will have to play on the 3d anyway.
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    Yes it says the preliminary will not go ahead on the 3rd if there are not enough players, instead the first knockout round will occur and the tournament will finnish one week earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAHAHAHA View Post
    Will there be a deadline for entries? Say 5pm/CoB Monday 3rd. That way players know whether or not they need to come in to play or "get the night off". Cheers
    We encourage everyone to pay in advance if possible, but you can simply turn up and pay at the Club so long as you get there before 7:15 pm on Monday.

    We expect that 3 January will run in a manner similar to Saturday Allegros.

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    List of entries (22 players) to date

    Below is a list of entries. We expect more to enter between now and the start:

    Luke Ainsworth
    Benjamin Akok
    Ethan Arbel
    James Arthur
    Matthew Arthur
    Michael Baron (FM)
    Ometh Cheniru Sedara Hetti
    Tejas Cherukuvada
    Damien De Pyle
    Samuel De Rooy
    Jack De Rooy
    Sean Garcia
    Pham Huynh Anh
    Leo Kalina
    Adam Kelly
    Tanya Kolak
    Lillian Lu
    Daniel Poberezovsky
    Anna Rozuwiecka
    Lucien Rae Gentil
    Arul Sriram
    Saman Tabatabaeian

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    30 Entries already, the participants list is filling fast!
    Several strong players entered: Ray Yang, Domagoj, Nick Ilic!
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    Glad to see the innovation is being strongly supported

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    Glad to see the innovation is being strongly supported
    Me too. Not sure what the total qualifier is for but overall - great way to make sure that after lack of OTB practice - we get to play a fun event throughout January.
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    Current Entries (30 players)

    Here is a list of current entries.

    FMs Michael Baron, Domagoj Dragicevic and Ray Yang lead the field currently.

    Players are welcomed to come up to a few minutes before 7:15 pm. Don't come late to avoid disappointment.

    Entries
    Luke Ainsworth
    Benjamin Akok
    Ethan Arbel
    Michael Baron (FM)
    Ometh Cheniru Sedara Hetti
    Tejas Cherukuvada
    Damien De Pyle
    Samuel De Rooy
    Jack De Rooy
    Domagoj Dragicevic (FM)
    Joseph Florio
    Sean Garcia
    James Hartley
    Goran Ilic
    Nicholas Ilic
    Leo Kalina
    Adam Kelly
    Jacek Klukowski
    Tanya Kolak
    Lillian Lu
    Anh Thu Nugyen
    Huynh Anh Pham
    Daniel Poberezovsky
    Anna Rozuwiecka
    Norzang Rabgye
    Lucien Rae Gentil
    Arul Sriram
    Saman Tabatabaeian
    Randheer Thogata
    Ray Yang (FM)

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    Results of Qualification Round

    The qualification round of the MCC Rapid Matchplay Championship was completed tonight with 34 players.

    That means that all except the bottom two players would qualify for the knock-out phase. However, the qualifications were still important as they would determine the knock-out phase seedings.

    Standings for the qualifications can be found at Tornelo link here - https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/melbo...ault/standings

    The seedings and draw for round 1 will be confirmed soon.

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    A bit odd to play qualification where 32 out of 34 qualify... Also, Tornelo ratings are getting more and more ''amazing''
    Other than that - a great new edition to the MCC calendar. Fantastic to see new events happening!
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