Originally posted by gregsflat
Yeah, everybody timed out on him, I don't think it was automatic though. It's silly, even if you make all your moves before your flag runs out, you still have no time for your next move in a hardcore, only time bank tourney.
I actually put my flag up for a few days on the tourney and it works like a normal vacation. There should be something like, you c ...[text shortened]... situation. I shouldn't have to know, but it wasn't fair to hold up that tournament for 2 weeks.
It is a bit daft that a hardcore tourney gets held up like this. It is fairly clear that someone who is not playing at all will lose the hardcore games, as you describe.
There have been problems in the past with people playing on underneath the vacation flag - they get protection from timeout, but their opponent has none.
The chap in question does not appear to have been doing that, so was probably using vacation to give himself breathing space for his normal games.
Is the solution simply to disregard the vacation flag for games with timebank only and no timeout increment? Tournament or not should be the same thing.
It is fair to those who are really on vacation - they would lose anyway as soon as their opponent gets on line and makes a move. And it blocks "abuse" of vacation to play on in hardcore games under the flag.