A date for the diary. This information has come through Bill Hardwick from Steve Larkin, who is organising the Jamboree.
This year’s Jamboree will be held at the Haydonian in Haydon Bridge on Tuesday May 19th. As in previous years, the format will be two one hour games (30 minutes per player) with a break for refreshments midway. So round 1 will start promptly at 7.30 p.m. and round 2 at 9 p.m. The charge for refreshments will be somewhere between £2 to £3 per head.
To help make the organisation of the event less of a last-minute scramble, I am asking all teams, whether complete or incomplete, to register with me at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Monday May 18th at the latest. This should allow me to organize composite teams where necessary in advance of the event and should remove uncertainty surrounding late arrivals. So any team or individual arriving after 7.30 p.m. will find that their clocks have been started in the normal way.
In an attempt to avoid a repeat of the four-way tie for first which we had last year, the following tie-break rules will apply this time:
- The team with the most wins, excluding any wins by default, is the winner.
- If two or more teams are still tied, board 4 results will be discounted.
- If two or more teams are still tied, they will share the trophy.
I realize that the first rule can be tough on the team with a win by default, but in an event with only two rounds, a default assumes a disproportionate significance; and a win over the board should surely count for more. So I fear that everyone competing will just have to accept that, where defaults are concerned, it is down to the luck of the draw!