Thursday, 20 December 2012

2012 World Cities

The 2012 World Cities Championship (first mentioned on this blog here) starts in the next couple of days. Sacrificing a strict interpretation of the definition of a 'city team', the organisers have attracted 25 teams, after having planned for 32. Australia is represented by Canberra, although none of the team members actually live in Canberra (This seems to be a bit of a tradition in Australian chess btw). The first part of the event is a 4 team RR, with the best 2 teams from each of the 6 groups, plus the 4 best 3rd placed teams, qualifying for the second stage. Then it is a straight KO for the 16 teams. Alongside the event will be an individual swiss,  which members of the knocked out teams can play in, carrying over their points from the teams event.
While it all sounds a little complicated, the $150,000 prize pool should be enough to focus the players on chess. The tournament website is here.


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Jim said...

I see that your little friends are back, Shaun.

Amusing they think that anyone could be bothered with whatever crap they are trying to shift.

All the best for the Season, bros.