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ICC News Item #1655

NEWS 1655 (27-Nov-02)Next Previous Thematic Championship starts Dec 1. Open to all!

The Thematic Championship starts Dec 1st.  This 
Championship like most previous events consists of three stages:
Qualifiers, Candidates, and Finals.  Free-trials members are invited
to play in the first stage, but they cannot advance to later stages
without registering for a paid membership by midnight Friday Dec 13.

The Thematic Champs will also have an Under 2000 Champion and an
Under 1500 Champion.  The top four finishers rated under 2000 and under
1500 in each Qualifier will be invited to the respective Class Finals.
Please see the web page listed below for eligibility requirements and
other details about the class championships.

The first stage will consist of 12 Qualifier events (7 round 4 2
Swisses) during the week of Dec 1-7.  Openings moves will vary in
each qualifier 1 through 6 and be repeated in 7 through 12.  
All Qualifiers will be held on LittlePer in channel 225.  
We have a goal of attracting 1000 players to the Qualifier series
with an average attendance of 90 players.  
Play in as many Qualifiers as you can!!

The top 3 finishers in EACH individual Qualifier and top 6 in overall
Qualifier "series" (cumulative score from all qualifiers combined)
earn invitations to the Candidates Stage.  Alternate spots will be
given to those who just miss out on qualifying.  The schedule of
Qualifiers is as follows (all times are server time or EDT.  To see
server time while at, type "date")

Week of Dec 1-7
SUN (Dec 1):     6am   Noon    7pm
MON (Dec 2):                   6pm
TUE (Dec 3):            3pm    8pm
WED (Dec 4):                   7pm
THU (Dec 5):            3pm    6pm
FRI (Dec 6):            3pm
SAT (Dec 7):     7am    2pm

No pre-registration is required for the Qualifiers.  There is no limit
to the number of Qualifiers one may play in.  To play in a Qualifier
tourney, just show up and type "tell LittlePer join !" when the
Qualifier is open.  For general info about tournaments, see "help

Top finishers from Stage 1 will be invited to Stage 2 which consist of
two Candidates tourneys (12 round 3 0 swisses) the weekend of May
27-28.  The top finishers in the Candidates earn spots in the 3 0
Finals which will be at 2pm on Saturday, Dec 21.

For complete rules of the 4-2 Thematic Championship, 
please visit our web site or
see finger Championship.  We hope to see you at the Championship!
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