There's no challenger during the first week of AO, so I thought we could play a futures tournament (with challenger-like points) for those who don't qualify for AO. It's still tentative though...
I don't think it's a good idea but I guess it's open to debate.
As a matter of interest I looked up the field for the 2010 GB2 Futures and the top 8 were
For comparison the top 8 in Karshi challenger in August were
Not a great deal of difference in strength, in my humble opinion. My main worry would be whether the Futures tournament would provide OOPs and Results in a consistent and timely manner, and the only way of finding out is by giving it a go.
Nothing to lose really - the choice is between having somewhere to play (however dodgy) and taking a week off.
I don't think I'd like to manage it though