Originally posted by skeeter
Apology acknowledged, but whats the hurry? You will shortly enough be up to your clocks in round two players and I would have thought that this "inter round" downtime would have been better spent in preparation.
Question: What do I predominately open with, with the white pieces and how do I respond with black to the other main lines. You will need to b ...[text shortened]... these openings. I will follow your progress in round two with interest.
There is no hurry from my side. I probably just did not explain my point of view good enough, so I'll try again:
I believe, that the main problem with tournaments is that no one can say beforehand how long will tournament take. With "functional" vacation system (system there vacation flag is meaningful), there would be no problem with that. With current vacation system however, there is a problem - not everybody can predict their long-term future:-) So, the less time tournament takes, the less is probability of unfortunate timeouts. My proposal would allow to speed up tournaments significantly. Although the fundamental solution, in my view, would be "real" vacation system which does not allow to timeout player with vacation flag.
And just to avoid any misunderstanding: I see nothing wrong with slower games/players, my post was not about that.
About 2nd round: I see this tournament as the mean to check my Dutch against strong players. And in fact I'm afraid, I'm very afraid:-)