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IECG Class Tournaments Office Page
The class tournaments office (CTO) is responsible for collecting members entry requests and launching standard class tournaments / single round robin /7 men format. Since June 1999, the CTO is held by
Feel free to contact me if your have ideas or questions. The last section of this page is a FAQ relative to the CTO and I would be glad to see it grow based on your feedback. The tasks inside the CTO are:
Some stats: Class tournaments are launched on an average of 4 groups every week. On the average I receive about 30 new entries each week, and added to the people who were on the waiting lists, this makes a total of 100 request to process for building new groups every 3 weeks. Processing of new tournaments:: Web or mail requests are collected and processed on week-ends.
SECOND STAGE - the tournaments are created :
THIRD STAGE - the mailing is done :
Here are the number of tournaments started in each level in 4 years, between 2002 and 2005:
From this statistic we know that we start a tournament 2 weeks for the most popular (CM, CN), and about a tournament every 5 weeks for the less popular levels (CE,CF). Of course your actual waiting time may be quite different of the average. It will be shorter if you arrive in a group which is almost filled up, it will be longer if some entries are cancelled or some criterions explained above are not met in the group. But the average figures should give you a right estimation most of the time. Frequently asked questions:
The best method for requesting a class tournament is to go to our web entry form on the IECG web site, fill in the fields and submit the form. I shall receive your request via an automatic email, and you should receive a carbon copy of this message. If not, then you have probably mistyped your address and you should resubmit a new request, but telling in the comment field that this is a repeat only (for not being enlisted twice).
Please note: the web entry form is the preferred way to register, because an automatic procedure collects the data, so the handling is faster for me. Thanks!
Sometimes, more than 7 players are waiting in the queues instead of making a full group. This is because these players are not eligible to play together, due to special constraints explained above (country, promotion, minimum average rating).
Because I receive 5-10 requests per day, and it is difficult to offer the exact status of the queues at any given time. Furthermore, I need to have a good number of players in the waiting pool to have some flexibility in the choice of the players, so, in short, to build better groups.
Take care of the difference between the provisional rating, and the tournament entry rating. Newcomers are given an initial rating of 800 if they have never been rated elsewhere before. This rating of 800 will be used to determine which tournament you attend, and this fact won't change until you have finished at least 15 games. So before you have 15 rated games within IECG, your tournament entry possibilities are dictated by your initial rating (and promotion tickets). When you have completed 15 rated games, your provisional rating becomes your established rating which is used for tournaments entries. In your case, 1050 is your provisional rating, and 800 is still your tournament entry rating as you have not completeed 15 games. So I must use 800 to select a group for you, thus a CN group.