Originally posted by maitkenhead
I see. But can the second round start when some groups are decided but not complete? That would mean that the first and second rounds were running at the same time, which the servers might not be programmed to handle. It doesn't really matter, of course. Vacation time rules have to be applied consistently I suppose, regardless of how annoying it is. Just have to wait till the end of the month. Time to brush up my middle game theory.
Yes, as soon as all groups are decided, any tournament passes to the next round.
I don't know about the fairness of having to wait for one player using his vacation flag to the detriment of all other players waiting for Round 2 to start.
The Championship is a unique tournament due to its nature. With this delay it's sure that the last round will go into next year, most probably delaying the start of the 2013 Championship. Highly undesirable.
Since it's also the exception as far as Automatic time outs are concerned - they do not apply in the Championship - I feel that another exception should apply to vacation flags: they should lapse at the end of the 120 days and winners declared on any outstanding games.