Thursday, August 27, 2009

Game of the Week Procedures for 2009

With the fifth season of the league imminent, it seems appropriate to outline how Game of the Week (GOTW) will work in 2009.

First off, this year's GOTW prizes will be (for the regular season):

1st: $150
2nd: $75
3rd: $50

(once again if one or more of these is a drawn game, the prize is split equally between those two players)

The system for picking the winning games will mostly be the same - once again each judge will independently rank their Top Five games, with their top pick getting five points, second four points, and so on with the games then being ranked by highest totals.

The big change however will be with our judging panel. This year we will have five judges instead of three. This year's panel is:

IM Greg Shahade
FM Jim Dean
NM Michael Aigner (Blog)
NM Jeff Ashton (Website)
NM Arun Sharma

Many thanks to NM Jonathan Hilton for his extensive work in GOTW and other areas of the League over the last two seasons. Unfortunately, due to entering college and his extensive work on his Wojo book, he will not be returning this season.

We hope that the improved prizes and the expanded judging panel will help make this year's GOTW contest, along with this season of the USCL, the best one yet!

1 comment:

Mark Ginsburg said...

This year I hope to be able to "round up" openings surprises in 2009 games throughout the league. My feature will be at the Arizona Scorpions blog site.

I went back to 2008 for a kick-off article,