Originally posted by SPDChess
.. new here and never played in tournaments in any form. Having a hard time deciphering the 'terms'. I assume the Long Haul/Sprint refer to the amount of time.
However I don't know what 'Split' or 'Banded' or 'Duel' refer to or if there are Roman numerals next to the name what they mean.
For instance tournament - Sprint Split XXIII.
Also how long ...[text shortened]... in September - would this cause me problems with this tournament
Long Haul/Sprint refers to the time controls of the tournament.
tournaments are 14 or 21 days timeout and 14-21 days of timebank. Very slow tournaments taking years to finish, depending on number of rounds to be played.
tournaments are 1 day timeout.
- this tournament format splits all competitors in 2 groups and the winner(s) of each group meet in the final.
- tournaments for specific rating bands. You can check any players tournament entry ranking on their profile page
- Tournament format played like a cup system. You play only one player over 2 games. Winner progresses to next round. This type of tournament normally goes on for years depending on time controls because of the many rounds needed to get down to the final group.
Roman numerals next to tournaments simply refer to the number of this type setup earlier.
Let's now "translate" Sprint Split XXIII:
Sprint because this tournament is played with 1 day timeout (and 7 day timebank)
Split because the 24 participants are split in two groups of 12 players each. Joining this tournament gives you 22 games (2 against every one in your group)
XXIII because there have been setup 22 tournaments of this type before this one.
Since it is a split tournament with fast time controls you should not worry too much about your september vacation. You should be able to play all games out in a few months. If you make it to the final, you might be in trouble, though.
Hope this helped you.