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  1. 20 May '16 20:02
    Why do the Octet tournaments take so long to fill up? You'd think there would be 8 players willing to play a tournament, but some only have 3 or 4 entrants, and the one I am entered in, the 1300-1325 band, has had 7/8 entrants for 4 days now with no one willing to take the final spot.

    Seems strange to me.
  2. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    21 May '16 14:39
    Originally posted by floattheriver
    Why do the Octet tournaments take so long to fill up? You'd think there would be 8 players willing to play a tournament, but some only have 3 or 4 entrants, and the one I am entered in, the 1300-1325 band, has had 7/8 entrants for 4 days now with no one willing to take the final spot.

    Seems strange to me.
    It depends on the opening
  3. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    22 May '16 08:06 / 2 edits
    Banded octets fill up in minutes if your rating is below 1200, but above that the narrow band restricts the number of players too much. Add the complication of a particular opening and it ensures there won't be enough players to make it work. But a grumble in this forum usually produces one or two competitors, as it appears to have done in your case.
  4. Subscriber venda
    Dave
    22 May '16 19:59
    Originally posted by floattheriver
    Why do the Octet tournaments take so long to fill up? You'd think there would be 8 players willing to play a tournament, but some only have 3 or 4 entrants, and the one I am entered in, the 1300-1325 band, has had 7/8 entrants for 4 days now with no one willing to take the final spot.

    Seems strange to me.
    Octets means 14 new games at a stroke.
    It's a lot to take on,particularly at a shorter timespan level although I've not looked at the one you mention