Four players from each group advance to Round 2,
where new groups are formed.

Group D will have
One number 1,
Two number 2's,
Two number 3's,
One number 4.

Group E will have
Two number 1's
One number 2
One number 3
Two number 4's

There are 9 possible arrangements of those players as follows:

(A1 B2 C2 B3 C3 A4) & (B1 C1 A2 A3 B4 C4)

(A1 B2 C2 A3 C3 B4) & (B1 C1 A2 B3 A4 C4)

(A1 B2 C2 A3 B3 C4) & (B1 C1 A2 C3 A4 B4)

(B1 A2 C2 B3 C3 A4) & (A1 C1 B2 A3 B4 C4)

(B1 A2 C2 A3 C3 B4) & (A1 C1 B2 B3 A4 C4)

(B1 A2 C2 A3 B3 C4) & (A1 C1 B2 C3 A4 B4)

(C1 A2 B2 B3 C3 A4) & (A1 B1 C2 A3 B4 C4)

(C1 A2 B2 A3 C3 B4) & (A1 B1 C2 B3 A4 C4)

(C1 A2 B2 A3 B3 C4) & (A1 B1 C2 C3 A4 B4)

Which of these will be used will be determined by random draw
after the completion of Round 1.

Click to show more detailed information about Round 2 groups

By virtue of going from three groups to two,
there are necessarily some repeat matchups.

Each player will have one opponent (of five) in Round 2 repeated from Round 1.
These will never be between #1 and #2 players from the same group,
or between #3 and #4 players from the same group, but all others can
occur.

With those exceptions, the chances of facing any particular other
player among the twelve is either 3, 4, 5, or 6 out of 9.

3/9 for players of the same rank (e.g. A2-B2 or B4-C4)
4/9 for players ranked 1-3 or 2-4 (e.g. A1-C3 or B2-B4)
5/9 for players ranked 1-4 or 2-3 (e.g. A1-A4 or B2-C3)
6/9 for players ranked 1-2 or 3-4 (e.g. A1-B2 or A3-C4) in different groups
0/9 for players ranked 1-2 or 3-4 (e.g. A1-A2 or C3-C4) in the SAME group

This is about as balanced as it can be.

From each of these Round 2 groups, the top 4 players advance
to the playoffs, which is a single-elimination, 3-stage bracket.

The quarter finals will be:

D1 vs E4 and E2 vs D3

E1 vs D4 and D2 vs E3

Schedule:

Round 1: Deadline March 12.
Round 2: Deadline March 24.
Quarter-finals: by March 31.
Semi-finals: by April 5.
Finals: by April 10.

Disconnections

In highly limited time games, disconnections pose a problem,
since clocks are reset to the beginning of the interrupted turn.

Players will be on the honor system in this regard,
and must not use this limitation of the site to gain extra time!!

Scoring

Each game is worth 300 points.
Winner gets 300 + margin of victory in the game.
Loser gets 0 - margin of loss in the game.
Tie game: 150 points each.

Final ranking is by points earned.

Tie breakers are:

Points difference in head-to-head games

Largest positive points difference in games played as yellow

Largest positive points difference in games played as blue

Smallest negative points difference in games played as yellow

Smallest negative points difference in games played as blue

A tied match in the playoff rounds is played again.