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Subject: Re: Crafty CCT6 notes

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 09:33:14 02/03/04

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On February 02, 2004 at 22:27:10, Omid David Tabibi wrote:

>On February 02, 2004 at 09:52:05, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>>On February 02, 2004 at 05:41:05, Omid David Tabibi wrote:
>>>Congratulations for the spectacular performance. Hopefully this great result
>>>will convince you to participate in the world championship this year!
>>If it takes a week plus, I still can't make it.
>Well, 8 days. The new format would be especially more interesting:
>- The participants will be divided into 2 groups
>- 5 rounds Swiss in each group
>- Top 4 from each group qualify (total 8 programs)
>- 2 rounds of quarter-final
>- 2 rounds of semi-final
>- 2 rounds of final
>Thus, it will be more exciting, and less of a lottery. One single loss will
>never prevent a program from winning the championship.

11 rounds.  Over a week.  That is the big problem.  We just played 9 rounds plus
6 blitz playoff games and we did it in _two_ days.  Does nobody understand the
travel time issue for people that _work_???

That's what I don't get.  The ACM events, and early WCCC events _always_
factored that in.  Then they started catering to commercial interests mainly,
where longer events were ok.  But there are _plenty_ of us with real jobs, real
responsibilities, real families, real budgets, real time constraints, to go
along with our real interest.

Let's see if the next WCCC event can draw 54 participants like we just had in
the CCT-6 event.  Sooner or later the ECCA is going to have to look hard at what
they are doing, before it dies out due to lack of interest/importance.  It is
getting very close.

>All the programs that lose in earlier stages (don't end up in top 4, or lose
>later) continue competing for the other places. So all the programs will play
>exactly 11 rounds.

that's not a bad idea.  With our 54 programs I think that would have been a
better CCT idea as well, so that we get the best into a single room and see who
survives, although with 9 rounds I didn't miss anyone that I can think of in the
last CCT event.

But 8 days of playing plus at _least_ 2-3 more days for travel and setup and
this is two weeks.  Too long.  Of course, let them continue the format until
someone finally figures out that it isn't working.  But I doubt that will happen
until nobody shows up...

>>Same reasons as before, until
>>perhaps when I retire in another 10-15 years...

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