Originally posted by The Slow Pawn
Most people who enter multiple tournaments progress in few/some/many of them into the 2nd, 3rd or even final round.
Since the time gap between finishing your own games and the start of the next round could be quite considerable, it becomes quite hard to predict how many games one gets at any given time.
In order to do so, I randomly check the [i ...[text shortened]... e even split the my tournament page into current and past ...
What happens when you check the position and find you will progress but at present there are 25 games still to be decided so it looks like it will be a while before the next round starts.
You then decide to join a couple of tournaments increasing your game load by say 20 games.
In the meantime the other tournament in which you have progressed sees all the games (which have been within a couple of moves of finishing) ending which means that you will now have a further say 14 games to play.
Your game load which you thought would be OK has now just put you over the edge of what you feel is an acceptable games in progress limit.
As chess is played at varying speeds, especially tournaments surely the best idea is only to enter turnamments you want to play in and not enter based on your current games in progress limit.