Tacoma CC tourneys from Sep '10 to Sep '11

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Tacoma CC tourneys from Sep '10 to Sep '11

Postby hgpitre » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:43 pm

I have written the TCC leaders in the past about revising their tournament offerings and procedures. The response I received was little more than disdain. They have changed only a little over the last six or seven years. So I haven't played there in a while. What have I missed out on? Well, I will be showing some details from the USCF site of their record in the past year segment. One thing to note was that the Challengers Cup of Dec 2010 was actually played in Seattle at the Seattle CC, and so should not be examined in this review.

The events are listed from the most recent to the oldest.

2011-09-10
201109105971
WASH. GAME SIXTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Received: 2011-09-13   Entered: 2011-09-13   Rated: 2011-09-28   Sections: 1
8 players 4 rounds T/C Game/65 # of rounds and T/C was as announced/advertised.


2011-08-20
201108209161
PUGET SOUND OPEN
Received: 2011-08-23   Entered: 2011-08-23   Rated: 2011-08-23   Sections: 1
6 players 4 rounds T/C Game/65 # of rounds and T/C was NOT as announced /advertised.


2011-07-02
201107024291
EVERGREEN EMPIRE OPEN
Received: 2011-07-07   Entered: 2011-07-07   Rated: 2011-07-07   Sections: 1
12 players 4 rounds T/C Game/65 # of rounds and T/C was NOT as announced /advertised.



2011-06-04
201106044841
WASH. SR. ADULT CHAMPIONSHIP
Received: 2011-06-08   Entered: 2011-06-08   Rated: 2011-06-08   Sections: 1
8 players 4 rounds T/C Game/65 # of rounds and T/C was as announced/advertised.



2011-05-07
201105075041
TCC TORNADO #1
Received: 2011-05-09   Entered: 2011-05-09   Rated: 2011-05-09   Sections: 1
4 players 3 rounds T/C Game/65 # of rounds was NOT as advertised/announced.



2011-04-09
201104096301
DAFFODIL OPEN
Received: 2011-04-13   Entered: 2011-04-13   Rated: 2011-04-13   Sections: 1
10 players 4 rounds T/C Game/65 # of rounds and T/C was NOT as announced /advertised.



2011-03-13
201103135101
NORTHWEST OPEN
Received: 2011-03-15   Entered: 2011-03-15   Rated: 2011-03-15   Sections: 1
14 players 5 rounds T/C Game in 120 # of rounds and T/C was as announced and advertised.


2011-01-29
201101299311
TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY OPEN
Received: 2011-02-01   Entered: 2011-02-01   Rated: 2011-02-01   Sections: 1
9 players 4 rounds T/C game in 65 # of rounds and T/C was NOT as announced /advertised.


2010-12-18
201012186181
TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY OPEN
Received: 2010-12-21   Entered: 2010-12-21   Rated: 2010-12-21   Sections: 1
8 players 4 rounds T/C game in 65 # of rounds and time control was NOT as announced/advertised.


2010-12-12
201012124541
WASHINGTON CHALLENGERS' CUP
Received: 2010-12-17   Entered: 2010-12-17   Rated: 2010-12-17   Sections: 2
44 players 4 & 5 rounds T/C both game in 120, and 40/120, game in 30. This event was conducted as announced, but as I said above was really a Seattle event.


2010-12-04
201012041701
WASH. GAME SIXTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Received: 2010-12-08   Entered: 2010-12-08   Rated: 2010-12-08   Sections: 1
12 players 4 rounds T/C game in 65. Event was as announced/advertised.


2010-10-30
201010308281
PUGET SOUND OPEN
Received: 2010-11-01   Entered: 2010-11-01   Rated: 2010-11-01   Sections: 1
8 players 4 rounds T/C game in 65. The T/C and # of rounds was NOT as announced/advertised.


2010-09-11
201009110971
TCC MINI SWISS
Received: 2010-09-13   Entered: 2010-09-13   Rated: 2010-09-13   Sections: 1
4 players 3 rounds T/C game in 90 The event was conducted as announced/advertised.

What might you conclude from the data above?

Only once in the year did they have enough players in Tacoma to hold a five-round tourney, but they advertised for 6 or 7 tourneys in the year that they were having a 5-round tourney. Maybe players did not want such an event, and did not show up. So the smaller # of players who did arrive warranted fewer rounds, and maybe that they could run the event in one day with a faster T/C. Was that what the players who were present had really wanted? We'll never know, but I doubt it. That is why so many of the tourneys there were rated in a game in 65 minutes format. The club needs greater, more sensible variety in the T/C which I propose later. Well, if the club had advertised a different, more likely better, arrangement maybe they would gotten more players.

It is not too hard to conclude that Tacoma should NOT be offering 5-round tourneys for the foreseeable future. They might have 4 rounds in one day, a tornado format, or maybe two days with two rounds each. The 1/2 point bye does not rectify anything in this matter, except to allow some to play only three games in the tourney. If that works for a player or two that is more revenue for the tourney and the club. I recommend that the time control for the two-day events should not be expected to be more than 4 hours per game, however you set it up. We are not playing for thousands of dollars in these events. Save the long time control for those really, really, serious events. The sort of event where you might be staying in a hotel because you want to conserve your energy because you are so tired from playing in such a grueling tournament with these long, long, professional time controls.

Now if the club goes on a real outreach campaign to communicate with players who formerly attended the club events, and if they seriously consider my recommendation for 2-day events, I might attend an event of theirs. Their location is really close to the Tacoma Dome Transit Center, and I and many others could get to the club from downtown Seattle without too much of an effort riding on an ST express bus. They have the food court of Freighthouse Square near them also, so include an adequate amount of time for a lunch break in the playing schedule, and it becomes a possibly fun tournament.
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