- 07 Jan '05 21:04Since the plan isn't up and running yet, I thought we might post the groups here, I'll start with my own which has 13 members:

Sorted after Higest rating as of January 7, 2005.

1645 ouroboros

1548 dc3

1494 0rbital

1455 Nicky Butt

1395 lechler

1375 DOlivier2004

1378 adev

1311 Bluesbro

1298 scubagold

1297 antonymayhew

1296 Welshjumbo

1224 alexnicholson

1137 adam42 ~~cludi~~Blogger07 Jan '05 21:22Taken from another thread:

Exy 1929

bobbyboomer 1622

neight 1584

Al Franken 1208

SbecspeledrX 1431

shapoa p1445

vrobke 1637

felldancer 1493

spats 1460

boman2k 1305

tomak 1318

simonh11 1370

sinclaireric 1487

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TRACKHEAD21 2156

BluesChord 1377

shortgoth1 1353

Polynikes 1349

ColinW 1346

Grandmaster bater 1318

Gwaihir 1294

lraonne 1184

lausey 1165

smckinnon 1150

frostbite99 1118

RynSchp 1039

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chesskid1: 1230

VillaFan: 1297

ericfrelicot: 1915

inspector5251: 1431

pebbler: 1216

Oleg Margolin: 1627

tommyq007: 1534

Phillidor284: 1634

Joop506: 1980

unclescooby: 1508

davy: 1289

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Koen 1975

rosaline 1927

B Rock 1794

Vovachka 1726

BrainB5 1478

MIODude 1437

Meio 1258

Souska 1186

LJ 1155

wolfbynyte 1141

Officer Dibble 1133

tangledman 919

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Cludi, 2086

jmayes, 1780

terminnater, 1723

mateulose, 1604

glenton, 1555

ivangrice, 1554

ohfreak, 1423

mooney1979, 1400

squaccerman, 1380

CK, 1344

hahabe, 1319

playing4time, 1300

Fear the Reaper, 1110

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sastorey 1941

Quirine 1925

sealion 1788

seanpbutler 1760

Marko Krale 1709

mikenay 1602

malinga 1516

Ch L 1430

hughes 1377

TimmyToilet 1374

nonnymoose 1293

Atomt 1264

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caissad4 1776

Obiah 1252

Celsius1 1397

Nook7 1532

qqoulam 1423

bazik 1475

crosljam 1443

geordieboy 1190

Genet 1458

thecastler 1450

mrbobs 1455

NicolaiS 1325

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mickeyt - 1194

Tornado100 - 1205

dfm65 - 1262

rhb - 1331

Lord Byron - 1421

meule - 1430

Babaskar - 1440

darvlay - 1453

Maroczy - 1603

Starkey - 1605

Zumdahl - 1789

Gatecrasher - 1888

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Talem16 1884 Hihgest rating (1884)

Prax946 1589 (1613)

Rambo71 1136 (1246)

revmar 1321 (1380)

Kingo2000 1620 (1683)

Stearnsc 1241 (1268)

Croc 1116 (1237)

Von bilin 1381 (1383)

dlowe 1297 (1318)

anom-asil 1668 (1701)

marsdog 1643 (1643)

kyngj 1367 (1367)

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SteveC

1866 ivanhoe

1831 David G

1252 moscow23

1237 dcd111

1567 DeepThought

1520 dwchess

1472 Faith No More

1180 pparrish

1316 headsy

853 omnislash

1534 flexmore- 08 Jan '05 21:39Posted earler in site ideas:

03 Jan '05 13:07 :: 0 recommendations

It finally started

I guess it is 37 groups of 12 and one group of 11, so at the least 38 players go on to round two.

My group:

1.crusoe

2.abigham

3.Zipdrive Nightmare

4.RBHILL

5.beermaestro

6.I Diddy

7.jose teixeira

8.marcof2

9.johnjava21

10.WIZ

11.toffee

12.Taqju

300-500 entrants requires groupsize 8

LOL 455 players and groups of 12. ~~mateulose~~Look, it's a title!09 Jan '05 00:38Personally my hope is ppl play these games fast (which seems to be what is happening) and Russ allows the top 2 to advance. It seems kinda rediculous to have a 455 player tournament go down to a 35 or so person tournament in just one round. I know there's only so much time left a year, but that chucks a lot of ppl out of the biggest tourney of the year very quickly and respectively they hardly get a chance. For most ppl, the 2005 championship is merely the "January championship" at this rate. Of course, in the event of a 2 way tie for first in a group, the second place wildcard is discarded for that group.- 10 Jan '05 08:36

Gets my rec. I didn't think the groups had to be this large. 7-8 would have worked out perfectly. So allowing 1st and 2nd through to the second round would compensate and keep the interest and enthusiam going for longer.*Originally posted by mateulose***Personally my hope is ppl play these games fast (which seems to be what is happening) and Russ allows the top 2 to advance. It seems kinda rediculous to have a 455 player tournament go down to a 35 or so person tournament in just one round. I know there's only so much time left a year, but that chucks a lot of ppl out of the biggest tourney of the year ve ...[text shortened]... vent of a 2 way tie for first in a group, the second place wildcard is discarded for that group.** - 10 Jan '05 10:14

Hello*Originally posted by cludi***Taken from another thread:**

Exy 1929

bobbyboomer 1622

neight 1584

Al Franken 1208

SbecspeledrX 1431

shapoa p1445

vrobke 1637

felldancer 1493

spats 1460

boman2k 1305

tomak 1318

simonh11 1370

sinclaireric 1487

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TRACKHEAD21 2156

BluesChord 1377

shortgoth1 1353

Polynikes 1349

ColinW 1346

Grandmaster bater 1318

Gwaihir ...[text shortened]... 20 dwchess

1472 Faith No More

1180 pparrish

1316 headsy

853 omnislash

1534 flexmore

My group

Olesgson p1259

Big blue to you p1455

Hegemon 1492

Galaxyshield 1640

Otis 1130

Screeme 1307

Jorgito1620

Champione1060

dna120 1348

Springi 1512

pccarney 1402

Knight Time 1723 - 24 Jan '05 11:20My group.

cantspell 1495

Lazerblue 1454

rutmans 1441

DTH 1325

bzartman1 1311

adramforall 1229

4everknight 1226

bokesun 1217

Grand Master Supreme 1138

PeteTheCheat 998

Nilfisk 948

D43MON 726

Looking at some of the other groups I think I got off lightly in the draw ! Having said that, I suspect I still won't make it through :-)