The Rising Sun Pre-Con is seperate from WBC and requires
its own registration fee. Click the Pre-Con icon for pricing
information. Tribune level members may attend any and all Pre-Cons
AND WBC free of charge.
After 18 years of being a 7-round swiss event, VIP abandoned
that marathon format for an even longer one in 2009! The swiss
portion is now limited to five rounds with only the top eight
players proceeding through three more rounds of Single Elimination.
The grueling road to the top just got a round longer, but for
the also-rans, the road gets shorter. This year VIP will again
use Chess Clocks courtesy of Alan Applebaum and John Sharp -
one of the few events at WBC so furnished.
The event remains a Pre-Con slot as we trade one weekend for
another with five swiss rounds starting on the Sunday before
WBC and ending Tuesday afternoon before WBC and all of its distractions
gets underway. It is hoped that the pre-Con status will enable
not only new players to take part but also allow more of the
field to stay for all five preliminary rounds so as to enjoy
the full ramifications of a true swiss format.
Tribune level members may again freely partake in any and
all of BPA's nine Pre-Cons during the three days preceding WBC.
For details see http://www.boardgamers.org/bpaterms.htm