Fancy a challenge, perhaps tried Carcassonne a few times or are you a champion? Whatever your ability come and try your hand at speed Carcassonne!
Each player has 15 minutes on his chess clock to maximise his score. Will you play fast or think it out?
The tournament uses the Swiss system, applying the Buchholz-method (or Solkoff) as a tiebreaker (the lowest result of an opponent is discarded) in a starting pre-elimination phase.
There will be 3 rounds, a preliminary round, a semi final and then the finals. A maximum of 16 spaces are available and if all spaces are taken the lowest scoring 4 in the preliminary round will be knocked out (although your welcome to stay and watch of course) leaving 8 players for the Semi finals and 4 players for the finals.
The standard Carcassonne box is used for all games.
In all games chess-clocks will be used. Each player may take up to 15 minutes for his own game - if he uses up all his time, then the player loses. The player activates the other player’s clock as soon as he finishes his move - this means AFTER he calculated the points (own and from the opponent). Tiles are set finally as soon as a player let them go - players are not allowed to change their decision of placement of tiles (and of course meeples) after they let them go.
Explanation Swiss system:
In the preelimination games the number of victories will be counted. We will use the Buchholz (Solkoff) method to resolve ties. This means that for every player the number of victories of his opponents will be summed up. For this the result of the weakest opponent will be discarded. If there are still ties, then the difference of victory points over all five games will be summed up and used as tie-breaker.
The schedule for the first round will be determined by drawing lots. After that the schedule will be determined by the current ranking, where the players ranked 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6 and so on will compete against each other. In addition to that we will take care that players do not have to play against each other twice (if possible). Then the next suitable player in the ranking will be determined . In every game the starting player is the player that has started fewer times.
Rules of the Carcassonne Games - Explanations:
All games are played only with the basic Carcassonne game, with the following rule variations: Cities with two tiles give four points (not two). The Farmer’s value is calculated like this: For every meadow the number of farmers is calculated and a player with the most farmers receives 3 points for every city at that meadow. Note that every player can get the points for one city in this manner more than one time!