USTA Beginner Tak Tournament

USTA Beginner Tak Tournament

By US Tak Association
Online, PlayTak
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Description
An entry-level tournament for Tak. "Beginner" can be a bit vague, so we are defining "beginner" as someone that cannot beat (or struggles to beat) IntuitionBot on https://www.playtak.com.. If you have never played online, or never played that bot, you are still welcome to compete! Just be sure to familiarize yourself with the site before your first match.

You do NOT need to be a member of the USTA to enter.

Tak sites of interest:

US Tak Association - https://www.ustak.org

Discord - https://discord.gg/2xEt42X

Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/tak
Timezone
America/New York (UTC-04:00)
Prize
Door Prize - just for showing up to all your matches, you will get a copy of Bill Leighton's book "Mastering Tak: Level I".

First Place - First pick of:

Artificer's capstones https://worldbuildersmarket.com/collections/all/products/tak-artificers-metal-capstones?variant=1893853265932

Travel Tak Set
https://worldbuildersmarket.com/collections/all/products/temerant-tak-set

Second Place - remaining prize from above
Rules
You do NOT need to be a member of the USTA to enter.

Official game rules are used, except where changed below.

Games are to be played on size 6 board with time controls set at 15 +10.

Please coordinate your matches on Discord in the #tournaments channel.

Players must complete 2 matches per week. (The first "week" will be from 1/15/21-1/23/21)

Each match consists of 2 games, where the players alternate starting colors.

Scoring is Win, Loss, or Draw.

Tournament format is: Groups of Round Robin (everyone plays everyone else in their group) and then a playoff between the top contender in each group.

Tiebreaks for Round Robin are built in to Toornament:
Match wins/draws/losses (overall)
Points (head-to-head)
Most played matches
Match score difference (head-to-head)
Match score difference (overall)

If for some reason there remains a tie after these, Blitz matches of 3 +5 time controls on size 6 board, with alternating starting colors will be played until a winner is decided.

Tiebreaks for the Playoff will be Blitz matches as outlined above until a winner is decided.