Time to dust off your TDS cartridges, reconfigure your wireless routers, and brush up on your t-spins! A champion will be crowned! Unlike a lot of previous tournaments which fell flat because too many people dropped out, I'll be running things a little differently: By signing up, you will NOT be commiting yourself to play certain people at certain times; you can play as often or as infrequently as you wish, and you can join at any time. All you need to do is agree with your opponent beforehand that you want to play a match for the championship, and then report the result in this thread. So what are you waiting for people?!?! Share your Friend Codes and let's get this show on the road! As a suggestion for arranging matches, I think IRC will be convenient for most people. We can use a temporary channel on quakenet, such as #tetrisds. For those of us who aren't regular IRC users and don't have a client, here's a link to a web client; simply choose a nickname for yourself and click "join chat". The Rules All games will be played with Handicap 3. A match will consist of at most 8 games. If at any point, either player has won 5 games, that player wins the match. If after all 8 games have been played, the score is tied 4-4, the match is a draw. Players can play multiple matches against the same opponent. Depending on the match results, players will be rated according to the Glicko system, with ratings being updated every Thursday when I get back from the pub in the evening. Players will start with a rating of 1500, and a ratings deviation (RD) of 350. After the ratings have been updated for the final time on Thursday 23rd December, the 4 highest rated, active*, available players will be notified and will then compete directly for the championship title over the course of the next 2 weeks, at their convenience. This will be the only time that any players will be required to play matches within a set timeframe; hopefully, this will be Christmas break for most people, and won't be a problem. The top 4 will compete in a straight knockout, with the highest ranked playing the 4th highest, and 2nd highest ranked playing the 3rd highest. The winners will then play each other for 1st and 2nd place, and the two losers will play each other for 3rd place. Matches in the finals and semi-finals will be first to 11 wins, or if tied at 10-10, first to go ahead by 2 wins. If we get a lot of active participants, the players will be divided into tiers, with the 4 top rated players in each tier then competing to be champion of their tier. If one of the top 4 is not available to compete during the final 2 weeks, the opportunity will pass to the next highest rated, active*, available player. * "Active" players must play frequently enough to have a suitably low (yet to be determined) RD. This is to stop high rated players from refusing to play games in order to avoid the risk of having their rating drop. The Players iphys 372367-488890 Blink 064591-042154 jujube 410542-160882 Kevcel 760848-365391 Rosti LFC 700344-735382 Kitaru 744644-433903 Edo/FSY49 930223-412340 Caithness 414557-765012 colour thief 749298-371115 Budster 424992-683214 mufunyo 927838-016924 match recorder 140002-809614 The Current Standings (rating/RD) Blink 1877/194 Kevcel 1751/195 Colour Thief 1563/196 Jujube 1543/239 Caithness 1473/157 Kitaru 1315/202 Edo 1182/163 Muf 1123/257 I'm hoping that most players will really enjoy the ups and downs of competing, and working hard to improve their rating; it really can be thrilling to win as the underdog and watch your rating skyrocket! If there's enough interest, I'm quite happy to continue updating people's ratings after the championship is over; that way we can maintain sort of a ranked leaderboard for vs. play, similar to the way we have a singleplayer TGM1 leaderboard.