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Wrecktangle
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Newbie interested in competitive play Sun, 17 February 2013 23:36
I'm interested in getting involved in competitive play. Relatively new (<200 games), my Elo is about 1350, and I'm probably willing to bribe my way onto a team Smile

If it makes any difference, I was about 1900 Elo in chess OTB at one time, so I am marginally trainable.

Any advice or takers?

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Sysyphus - Pommard
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Mon, 18 February 2013 00:05
Hi there and welcome !

Most tourneys are played on a 2 player format.

My advice, if you want to enter tourneys, is to play as many 2ers as possible.

USA map is the most popular, by far. But you have competitive tourneys on other maps also coming up in a couple months.

It's gonna a while before reaching a decent tournament level.
To be "ok", it's better to be regularly above 1500+ ELO to have fun in individual tourneys.
Regular 1600+ is a minimum to have a good chance to perform well in individual tourneys.

We also have team tourneys, one is under way, next is Sept, where your ELO is a bit less important. But still, 98% players will be 1500+.

I have no cluess about chess ELO, but we have a few chess players here who should be able to enlighten you.

Again, play as many games as possible. And better if 2er !
Do not hesitate to ask questions !
      
Wrecktangle
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Mon, 18 February 2013 00:19
Thanks for the rapid reply, BHB Sys...

...umm, OK, I see the 4-5 game as being VERY different than the 2-3 game in US TTR, but I take your point.

So, the other maps are: Europe and US 1910 or all of them? Or is the US map variants all considered to be the same map? I spent a bit ot time just sorting out the US original map.

Also, are the multi-player game variants not that popular, or seen as vulnerable to folks ganging up on the better players, or...?

BTW, I don't mind getting beat up by better players, that's how you learn the ropes...by being on the ropes.

Thanks again!
      
Sysyphus - Pommard
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Mon, 18 February 2013 00:55
Well, multi is very popular as games to be played casually.

We have only 1 multi tourney; it's very high maintenance because most of matches are hard to schedule. But that tourney has been barely over. So, you have to wait until next November.

USA map/ Europe.
You can play League on both maps. League is like a season championship. With promotion/relegation at the end of a season.

Then you have the single player championship on each map. It's the equivalent of a Tennis Grand Slam bracket.

Swiss Map / Asia
You all also have a single player championship on those maps. But no League.

1910/Big Cities/Mega
No single player champinship. They are just included in a specific tournaments with the other maps.

You can find more about tourneys in ourwikipage.

I am myself a multi-player, who happened to learn and enjoy 2ers too, on every map !
Other advice : watch top player games when you have the chance !

[Updated on: Mon, 18 February 2013 00:57]

      
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Mon, 18 February 2013 23:22
BHB Sys,

Thanks again for the pointers, I'm now working on the 2 player games and have gotten into a few games with 1500+ players. They kicked me around pretty well, but as you mentioned, I've learned a few tricks from the experience.

Bests,
Wreck
      
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Mon, 18 February 2013 23:41
This might be useful too:
http://www.daysofwonder.com/en/msg/?goto=97282#msg_97282

Welcome and good luck!
      
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Tue, 19 February 2013 01:17
Thanks Beaner, BTW, love your movies even though I'm an American't.

      
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Sun, 24 February 2013 22:13
When will start registration on:

*)The Single Player World Championship 2013(aka SPWC, the world championship on the US map online),
*) The European Map championships 2013(aka EMC),
???
      
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Sun, 24 February 2013 22:21
All your answers are Here. Go check the calendar, all dates you need are part of it.

Registration will open on March 18th

[Updated on: Sun, 24 February 2013 22:23]

      
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Re:Newbie interested in competitive play Mon, 25 February 2013 10:58
Thanks for the info Smile
      
    
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