A new event is introduced this season, an individual Knockout competition at standard play with draw odds. All games G80+10 and ECF standard rated according to the result on the board.
Tuesdays 7 November and 2 January have been set aside with draws on the night to reduce the field to a last 16 who then have about a month to play each round until a final two compete in the Final which we hope to hold alongside Bonanza Night at the end of May.
Thirty-eight players have entered and contested Round 1 on 7 November, the pairings being drawn “out of the hat” immediately before play. The resulting 19 players need to be reduced to ‘the round of 16’ so six players, again drawn and paired at random, are contesting an intermediate round, “Round 2”. The next scheduled round is Round 3 on 2 January – the first action of the New Year.
- If there is a difference of 100+ rating points the higher-rated player must win, opponent need only to draw;
- If less than 100 rating points difference White must win, Black need only draw;
Random pairings for each round. Anyone can win!