The point of this tournament is to find the top 5 NA players available to us, to compete in any World team tournament going forward. Ex. If scottrussia would be put on the team he will have to play vs players like Hielco, Overlord, Major nelson, Unladen swallow and many other top players. I am sure Scottrussia is a great player, but we have players like Constrictor who have won all the names above. I am sorry it is like this.
At beginning of April we will announce a tournament open to all ratings of NASF members. I see our members are hungry for blood and you shall have it soon
Thank you for understanding.
You were on much more solid ground simply sticking with the idea that you had selected an arbitrary rule and were going to stick with it.
As an old coach used to say........ Lots of guys look good in practice.
Yes, the group you have selected are good players and I'm sure they will do very well in the tournament. The idea that somehow ELO is the sole component that determines how well a player does in a tournament is very misplaced.
I took the time to find my results from the last tournament that I participated in.
Champions League 2017
1st round Scottrussia 6 vs Gasp, No, Say it ain't so..... Wogomite 1.
1st round Scottrussia 6 vs roeczak 1.
1st round Scottrussia 6 vs slowmutant 1
1st round Scottrussia 6 vs Spaher 1
1st round Scottrussia 6 vs spyros77 1
Winner of Group 6? ScottRussia.
ScottRussia then lost to Despy in the next round. A match which I believe he would freely admit he got a bit fortunate to win - though he deserved credit for taking the risks he took given the situation.
I went back a bit further to Division 4 of the previous tournament.
ScottRussia 6 vs.....What? No, it can't be TexasPete 1
ScottRussia 6 vs....... Hmmm.... The Prof 1
ScottRussia 6 vs. Roeczak 1
Oh, and since I assume you were busy chasing down guys with big ELO's, ask old Kernal Mustard how he has done against Spartan Warriors! Ha!
Seems like a lot of players of the caliber that you seem to think I'm not capable of playing. Perhaps my hands were shaking while setting up my pieces and I just got really lucky?
OR Perhaps my opponents knew that..................................
Spartan Warriors are on the March!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ELO is but one factor in predicting tournament success. Those that volunteer and organize ultimately select the rules and I have no issue with that. But the idea that somehow I cannot compete with whatever fancy user name that has a big ELO is very misplaced.