Originally Posted by greatkingrat
The problem with splitting the 1st round is two is that often the matches are split unevenly eg in Marseille this week there were only two matches on Monday.
In tournaments like Marseille where the matches are split unevenly, you could split the first round in a different way (for example 1st round = monday + tuesday, 2nd round = wednesday). These decisions of how to split the round would be made in each case separately and discussed among other managers.
One idea is to have three-way matches in the 1st round. This would allow 24 people to play instead of 16.
This is a possibility too, but I'm afraid imo it would change the nature of the game maybe too much. It would be really hard to get to the next round with three tough players in the same match.
Another idea is to have two versions of each tournament, a "Main Tour" event for the higher ranked players and a "Challenger" event for the lower ranked players. You could give half the points of the main event to the challenger event. If players do well in these, their ranking will rise and they can enter the main events.
The question here is that, would there be enough interest from the players to play these challengers? And would it create too much confusion and work?
These are all good ideas, but which road are we going to take? We still have a couple of months time to think and make a decision...