Friday, February 22, 2013

14th annual Paramount

For some people spring is signaled by the start of Red Sox reporting to spring training, by groundhog day, by the returning swallows to Capistrano...

But for many of us it is the Paramount.

This will be the 14th annual edition of the popular tournament, a ten-round, double round-robin. Initiated by Bryan Clark, this format [generous time control with two try's against known opponents bunched in competitive groups] remains popular. And it is one of the few tournaments left that incorporate adjournments.

Monday, February 25 – April 29: 14th Annual Paramount

  • Monday, February 25, 2013
  • Monday, March 04, 2013
  • Monday, March 11, 2013
  • Monday, March 18, 2013
  • Monday, March 25, 2013
  • Monday, April 01, 2013
  • Monday, April 08, 2013
  • Monday, April 15, 2013
  • Monday, April 22, 2013
  • Monday, April 29, 2013
Time Control: 10 Rounds, 2RR 40/90;d5 SD/60;d5
Rounds Time: 7:00 PM
Byes: No byes.  (Games can be rescheduled by mutual agreement.)
Prize Info: 50%EF
Inquiry:    617-629-3933

10 Rounds, 2RR, Players divided into six player sections by rating; 40/90;d5, G/60;d5 Adjournments are allowed after 3 hours of play; Entry fee: $25, $20 to BCF members; Prizes: 50% EF Registration: 6:00 to 6:45 PM Round at 7PM.

TD Bernardo Iglesias


  • What happens if I have to miss a round? May I reschedule with my opponent? (Will we know the pairings ahead of time to allow that?)
Bernardo uses SwissSys to make pairings for the entire tournament on the first evening. So, you know your opponent and can prepare for him or her, except, of course, in that first round. If you need to reschedule a round, you just notify the TD and work it out with your opponent. All rounds should be completed by the end date of the tournament.

  • I see that there are ten rounds and six players in each section (unless I'm misreading). How will the players be divided into sections? How are pairings determined? As in a Swiss?
The top six rated players will be in group one. If there are another six, they will be in group two. If there are more, another group of six or four will be formed, to maintain the double round-robin format.

  • What level of participation do you usually see? What level players, approximately, and how many? Do you expect anything to be different this year?

We don't know what to expect this year, but in the past several years, we have had 2 or 3 groups.
In 2012, three groups were:
  • Theil, Astrachan, Bodwin, Eldridge, Lee, Ho
  • Kim, Raymond, Frazier, Driscoll, Sadykov, Mossey
  • Oresick, Gorczyca, Blomerth, Turcotte

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