Hi Francisco, thanks for the feedback ! It is true that there are not many competitors in Chile but there are many in Columbia so you could potentially join with them to create a South American team?
To be clear, this is still an idea / project at the moment and nothing official has been launched yet.
After giving second thoughts and looking at the Egypte-Russia match which happened a year ago (link here for those who are interested, google translate does a marvellous job for those who don’t speak Russian : 🇷🇺Россия - 🇪🇬Египет. Участники и правила... | Ассоциация Мнемоспорта России | VK), I believe a 36-game match is probably a bit long and more difficult to follow / stream.
So here is another suggestion which I believe could work while still achieving the targeted objectives (incentive to recruit, involvement of many competitors, strategic aspect…):
Each team to choose between 4 and 6 competitors
2 games per category to be played with the following rules:
Teams will choose, for each category, a Player #1 and a Player #2
Points doubled for each game between Players #1 (so 2.0pts for a Win / 1.0pt for a Draw / 0.0pt for a Loss in Cards, Numbers, Images and Words; 1.0pt for a Win / 0.5pt for a Draw / 0.0pt for a Loss in Names and International Names)
Each team member will have to play a minimum of 2 total games and a maximum of 3, and each team member will have to play between 1 and 2 games as Player #1
12 games in total and 15 points to be distributed in total, so the first team to reach 8.0pts wins
I believe the proposed format above is a good way to get the most competitive / interesting games as possible while involving an interesting strategic aspect. For instance, if someone is very good at Words and Images but weak in other categories, he can only play in those 2 categories he is good at. I also believe it is way better to have only 12 games rather than 36 for streaming purposes.
Now, about calendar: the schedule is quite tight until October (especially due to the unfortunate delays) so we could either (i) try to organize this by November / December or (ii) doing it through the year 2022 (similarly to the old Davis Cup format) with 1st round in Q1, quarter finals in Q2, semi finals in Q3 and final in Q4.
Either way, this is quite in a long time (which would leave some time for the teams to get organized) but we could potentially organize exhibition games in the meantime to check if the format works.
So who could be the potential teams? Looking at the leaderboard, I believe we could potentially have:
- Germany (which will obviously be the big favourites)
- Colombia / South America
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Others? (Sweden / Nordics, India, Canada, Nepal, apologies if I forgot some countries)?
In terms of organization, can you let me know if your country could be potentially interested to participate? We want the best to participate here so any feedback from German / Japanese competitors in particular would be highly appreciated (no need to create the teams for now)
And again, if you have comments / suggestions on the above format, let me know!