Returned From Days of Yore ...
It seems like only yesterday that a young
damsel achieved the impossible ... putting her elders to shame
by winning four tournaments at WBC ... a grand slam. This is
one of the games that made it possible - and, ironically, you
can win four tournaments in the game itself.
Ivanhoe will have three separate heats starting at
23:00 on Tues, Weds and Thurs with the Semi-finals and Finals
starting Fri morning at 9:00. The classification will be "B"
with the teaching demo starting at noon on Wednesday. The rules
for the tournament will be "straight out of the box".
The controversial "house rule" that whoever drew the
purple chip went first and kept the chip will be dropped as some
of you thought it gave too great an advantage to the person who
drew the purple chip, even though statistically that didn't seem
to be a valid criticism. Any game reaching 90-minutes will be
adjudicated at that point except for the Final round. The WBC
standardized MESE tie-breakers will determine who advances.
NEW MESE TIE-BREAKERS: A Preliminary Heat win will NOT in
itself guarantee advancement. All MESE events will advance the
optimum number of players to the next round based on the following
tie-breakers without exception.
#1. Win in first Heat entered
2. Most Wins
3.Win in second Heat entered
4.Win in third Heat entered
5.Win in fourth Heat entered
6. has brought a copy of the game if needed for next round; otherwise
GM may substitute game specific tie-breaker provided it has been
published on WBC Preview page for event
7. average finish in all heats entered; e.g., a 2nd and two 3rds
= 2.67 and beats two 2nds and two 4ths (average: 3)
8.high dice roll
"Win and you're in" is no longer a given although
it is a strong possibility. This system of tie breakers encourages
repeat play in Heats without requiring it. A single win (especially
in the first Heat entered) will probably advance that winner
but is not guaranteed to do so. Conversely, players who continue
to play additional heats after winning a Preliminary game only
enhance their chances of advancement without damaging their prospects,
but a player who wins their only Preliminary game will probably
advance without investing further time in Preliminary play. Meanwhile,
in most events, non-winners who continue in Preliminary Heats
will have additional chances to qualify in search of that elusive
first win since in most events, a single win will still advance
you to a semifinal round.