You get 10 extra games, but the time control balances keeping the tournament moving with allowing for a decent holiday should the need arise.
Yeah, since I'm putting up the prizes, I get to decide the "merit" prize.
Normally, a lot of people enter tournaments that they don't realistically have a chance of winning. In this tournament, however, everyone has a chance of winning a prize, no matter what their rating is, or where they finish.
I can't say exactly what the criteria will be for chosing the "merit" prize winner yet, but i will give a full explanation when the time comes. Suffice to say that if you play a game or two above your normal ability, you would certainly be in the running. I will be looking closely at the results and playing through a lot of the games.
Just don't cheat, though! Ve hav vays and means of schpotting such tings!
I'm hoping to see some outstanding chess! Also, if I get time, I'd like to keep a "state of play" commentary going on this thread.