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The_Wise_Man
04-03-2005, 04:18 PM
Here is the concept:

A common meeting place
Designated time
A one-off rated game
A one-off fee (say $5 per player)
Entries get paired randomly
Pick-and-choose the week you play.
You may be busy one week, or really eager for a game in another week but don't want to play in a club tournament or a weekender

Tell me what you think....

Wise

Spiny Norman
05-03-2005, 09:43 AM
I like your creative thinking Wise Man.

Is there any reason the "common meeting place" couldn't be your local club .... so you'd have a "play a rated game on demand" scenario whenever you felt like it?

Is there any reason a club couldn't organise a quarterly "rated games on demand" for a $10/quarter fee (or whatever) and call it a "tournament" or a "match"?

The only restriction would be that if you play in the quarterly tournament you can't play the same player twice in that quarter ... and that if you play a rated match you must play that opponent at least twice.

Do the ratings officers have any objections to that sort of scenario. I would have thought that as long as the club submits the results properly and pays the proper ratings fees then it should be an issue.

Rincewind
05-03-2005, 09:58 AM
Not a bad idea but has a couple of practical issues which I think are surmountable.

Is there sufficient demand for such games?

- with no prize money or comparable results between players perhaps the events will lack direction and interest.

Are players going to be sufficiently motivated to perform in such games?

- related to above, without a carrot some of the games may not be as good a quality.

Will there be greater opportunity for player to use such events to try and engineer favourable rating adjustments (positive and negative)?

- players might use such events to inflate ratings by increasing play against underperformers like those mentioned above. Or perhaps someone with a rating above a ratnig cutoff might use it as an opportunity to sandbag and put them into division contention in 'real' events.
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But don't let me discourage you. Just some things to look out for and perhaps engineer the format against.

antichrist
05-03-2005, 10:47 AM
Here is the concept:

A common meeting place
Designated time
A one-off rated game
A one-off fee (say $5 per player)
Entries get paired randomly
Pick-and-choose the week you play.
You may be busy one week, or really eager for a game in another week but don't want to play in a club tournament or a weekender

Tell me what you think....

Wise

When running the club in Sydney around Xmas when everywhere else was on hold, I ran weekly lightning or 15 min comps with everyone putting between $2 and $10 I think. Champs like G. Xie wanted the higher fees as all fees went back in prize money. We had excellent players come as no other venues.