Yes, the absolute goal is that
1) no player plays the same person more than twice, and
2) no player has the same color pieces more than twice in a row ...
so anyone who plays Round 2 w/ the same color as they had in Round 1,
will not have that color again in Round 3.
As we go along, I think it will work out that everyone has red twice, and everyone has blue twice. Going to definitely work toward that.
When I was playing Chess way back when, I remember a 5 round Swiss (I think it was the Southwest Open circa 1985/1986), about 70 or so in my section, they used a "top seed draws straw for color" in every round I think, and it was possible (but unlikely) to have White the whole tournament.
Those poor TDs, there were about a thousand or more players in about 6 sections w/ five TDs and one Arbiter for the GM / Invitational, an Open section for people who were vying for another point toward International Master or GM, down to the lowly Class D and "unrated" section for the new to Chess. Those poor TDs, if I recall, they did not have computers, they wrote it all out longhand on giant cardboard posters (the tournament grid, that is.)
It was a lot of fun, I scored 2 out of 5 I think, and made a Class B rating.
One more step on the ladder! Next is Class A, then Expert I think. On my bucket list: play in the World Open. Not sure if they still have that or not. But if so, will go and play if I can.
ANYWAY, yes, if we were live and it were possible, we could draw straws for color. The "choice of color" thought was the best I could think up, and it has grounding in the Dutch FIDE pairing rules system.
I'm sure it will all work out for the best :)
Ok, well, final note: I was thinking about how best to handle this BYE for pikeyjon. Idea: I think it might be wise to "offer" the odd bye for round 2 to pikeyjon instead of setting it into stone right now. Perhaps another player might want to claim the 3/4 point bye for Round 2, if we have to have a bye.
Unless some brave soul wishes to join, at least for Round 2, to play pikey. He is a reliable and tough opponent, as I have learned from our go at CfNA (the big one -- currently on turn 5, waiting for "O'Connor's Raid" to commence.)
Thanks for the inspiration and helps with pairings! Join to play pikey in Round 2 if you can.
I think Round 2 s/b scheduled as officially starting Nov. 1 (at which time I will close entries for Round 2) but you can start your games before that if ready. I'll put a note on the calendar to shoot for January 1, 2020 as a target date for Round 3 pairings.
Next issue, I will publish the finalized pairings for Round 2, and any updated scores from Round 1. Will include a recipe suggestion for a Thanksgiving dinner a la 1941/1942.
Good luck to all! Schuss! (with an umlaut)! Thanks!
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