I know OGS has a longstanding tradition of drawn out tournaments, but here’s my suggestion to make title tournaments a little more consistent, say.
Require titled tournaments to start and end as opposed to just start in the year that’s mentioned in their title. If it’s the 2018 Meijin whatever, it should conclude in 2018. I’m looking at the 2017 Meijin 9x9 and considering 2018 is almost over I’m wondering why the finals haven’t even started yet. Knowing it’s a Bo5, if it goes to 5 matches with that time limit, we’re easily into 2019 and probably closer to 2020 by the time it concludes.
Edit: Meijin Nines concluded 4-1, but the table doesn’t show it yet (5 months after). My bad.
It’s like compound interest, at some point you might know the title challenger for 2 years ago but you’re still waiting for the decision on who’s the title holder from 3 years ago, and moreover how do you know whether to allow one of the finalists in “next year’s” edition, because it’s nonsensical to have the title holder compete in the challenger’s tournament but at some point they could reasonably enroll - and mark5000, you’ve in fact set the precedent.
Edit: This seems to be provisioned by the current rules, even: “If the title holder wins the tournament again, the title match will be held between the title holder and the 2nd place.” I strongly suggest to throw title-holder enrolment out the window.
All it does is lead to an unfair advantage (you get multiple opportunities to eliminate the stronger challengers by beating top contenders and losing to people who aren’t top contenders).
It’s a mess.
How do we make sure the tournaments start and end in the same year? There are many different time settings we can explore to find the best solution, but Fischer time is not among them.