Originally posted by MrJohn
I'm interested in the Long Haul Split Tournements with the 21 day timeout and the 21 day timebank. If I join one of these tourneys the next time one opens up, how many tournement games would I be playing at any one time? Is it only one game at a time, or more than one?
Thx! John :-)
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I am currently playing in a tournament with 21 days per move and a 21 day timebank. This tournament started in December before Christmas (to be honest, I believe that the tournament started in late November, but I can't remember).
Each tournament has a different number of games that you play. Some group the players randomly. Some have all the players playing one another. You can learn more about the different types of tournaments by going to the Help section regarding tournaments.
The tournament that I am in is a knockout with sixty-four competitors. We each play two games against a single opponent (one as white and one as black, of course) with the winner of the games advancing to the next round (there is a point system but that is irrelevant to the point that I am about to make).
(My point) - We have not finished the first round. There are currently three of the thirty-two groups still playing and none of them are anywhere near ending in the near future. Each of the remaining games/groups can safely wait until May before any timeouts will occur.
In fact, I don't expect that there will be any timeouts. I am certain that those who are not moving will move long before a timeout can occur. Since they have three weeks per move, even without the timebank, they have plenty of time to spare. In fact, there is one group that who has only moved eight or nine times in their games.
I, therefore, do not expect the second round to begin until June or July at the earliest.
Once the second round begins, this process will repeat.
This tournament will not end until November 2007 if then. If I had to fathom a guess, I would estimate that this tournament may not end until Summer 2008.
So, if you don't mind a tournament that could take this amount of time, go ahead and sign up. If you prefer something quicker, I strongly suggest that you not join such a tournament.