2022 Chicago Open: August 6, 2022 @ Evanston, IL

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2022 Chicago Open: August 6, 2022 @ Evanston, IL

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***UPDATE 6/19/22*** We are holding the field cap at 27 due to staffing and scheduling concerns with a field size of 28 or 29. We do have enough rooms reserved at Northwestern to hold a 30 team tournament, so if we get 30 team registrations as well as an influx of additional staffers, we'll consider raising the field cap to 30. Furthermore, Covid vaccination will be required for all participants. Please refer to Jacob's posts dated 6/19 for more information.

***UPDATE 5/2/22*** Due to the unprecedented level of interest, we have decided to make 2 important changes:
(1) We are switching to a half-packet submission model. You may still submit a full packet if you wish, which will earn you an additional time-based discount (if submitting before the no-penalty deadline) and consideration for a larger quality-based discount. Please refer to the distribution and fee schedule sections for more information.
(2) We are imposing a tentative field cap of 27 teams. Our gracious hosts at Northwestern won't be able to reserve rooms until their summer term begins, at which point we hope to be able to remove this restriction. But in the meantime, please register via the official form to claim your place in the field.

This is the official announcement for 2022 Chicago Open, to be held at Northwestern University on Saturday, August 6. Jacob O'Rourke will be the tournament director, Em Gunter will be the assistant tournament director, and Mia McGill will be the misconduct representative.

Editing Team

The head editors are Austin Brownlow and Kurtis Droge. The subject editors are as follows:

Sameer Apte - Auditory Fine Arts
Austin Brownlow - History, Religion, Physics, Astronomy
Kurtis Droge - Literature, Social Science, Modern World, Other Academic
Vincent Du - Chemistry
Alistair Gray - Computer Science
Eddie Kim - Math, Mythology (also supervising editor for Auditory Fine Arts)
Shan Kothari - Biology, Earth Science, Miscellaneous Science
Young Fenimore Lee - Visual Fine Arts, Philosophy
Ashish Subramanian - Geography

Difficulty Level

We would like this tournament to be closer to ACF Nationals in difficulty than the past few Chicago Opens. In fact, if it ends up being roughly the same difficulty as 2022 ACF Nationals, we'll consider that a feature instead of a bug. Please keep this in mind when writing questions, especially for tossup answerlines and the hard parts of bonuses. Basically, you can't go wrong by pretending that you're submitting a packet for ACF Nationals. But rest assured, there will still be room to push the envelope!

Distribution

***UPDATE 5/2/22*** The below distribution applies to the edited tournament packets, or if you elect to write a full packet for your submission. The distribution for half-packets is as follows: 1/1 Literature, 1/1 History, 1/1 Science, 1/1 RMPSS, 1/1 Fine Arts, 5/5 Your Choice. Including the Your Choice questions, please do not exceed the full packet quota for any given slice of the distribution. For example, do not submit more than 1/1 Social Science.

1/1 American Literature
1/1 British Literature
1/1 European Literature
1/1 World Literature + Miscellaneous Literature

Please vary your literature submissions with respect to genre and time period.

1/1 American History
2/2 European History
In addition to Europe, this category will include North Africa, the Caucasus, the Levant, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
1/1 World History

1/1 Biology
1/1 Physics + Astronomy
Please submit at least 1/0 or 0/1 physics; the remaining 1/0 or 0/1 can be either astronomy or more physics. For this category, the set will contain ~75% physics and ~25% astronomy.
1/1 Chemistry + Earth Science + Miscellaneous Science
Please submit at least 1/0 or 0/1 chemistry; the remaining 1/0 or 0/1 can be either earth science, miscellaneous science, or more chemistry. For this category, the set will contain ~50-75% chemistry, ~25% earth science, and ~0-25% miscellaneous science.
1/0 or 0/1 Math
1/0 or 0/1 Computer Science

3/3 Fine Arts
Please submit at least 1/1 visual and 1/1 auditory; the remaining 1/1 is your choice. For this category, the set will have a roughly equal split between visual fine arts and auditory fine arts. We welcome submissions that include a mix of both visual and auditory topics.

1/1 Religion
1/0 or 0/1 Mythology

1/1 Philosophy
1/1 Social Science

1/0 or 0/1 Geography
1/0 or 0/1 Modern World
1/0 or 0/1 Other Academic

Submission Schedule and Fees

Please submit packets to Kurtis Droge (kurtisroxs AT gmail DOT com).

Base fee: $250

By Saturday, May 21: -$50 (half packet) / -$100 (full packet)
By Saturday, June 4: -$25 (half packet) / -$50 (full packet)
By Saturday, June 18: $0 (half packet) / -$25 (full packet)
By Saturday, July 2: +$25
By Saturday, July 16: +$50
Each day after July 16: +$10/day
After July 23: We will drop you from the tournament, barring extenuating circumstances.

The above deadlines are at 11:59 PM Pacific time on the given dates.

Other discounts:
-$50 (half packet) / -$100 (full packet) for an excellent quality packet (to be awarded at the editors' discretion)
-$25 (half packet) / -$50 (full packet) for a good quality packet (to be awarded at the editors' discretion)
-$10 per working buzzer system

Team Formation and Registration

Unofficial team formation and staffer availability spreadsheet

Official team registration

Official staffer registration

Registered teams as of 6/19/22 [packet status in brackets]:

1. BHSU (Tejas Raje, Rob Carson, Andrew Hart, Billy Busse) [submitted @ -$25]
2. WUSTL A (Vishal Puppala, Rohan Rai, Rachel Hua, Jonathan Mishory) [not submitted]
3. TBD (Taylor Harvey, Nick Jensen, Jonathen Settle, Jordan Brownstein) [submitted @ -$100]
4. Hurray for Our Ancient Pathways! (Mike Bentley, Andrew Wang, Alston Boyd, Clark Smith) [not submitted]
5. TBD (Stephen Eltinge, Michael Kearney, JinAh Kim, Annabelle Yang) [submitted @ -$50]
6. TBD (Tim Morrison, Matthew Lehmann, Kai Smith, William Golden) [submitted @ -$25]
7. TBD (Charles Hang, Jeremy Cummings, Amith Punyala, Cyrus Zhou) [submitted @ -$100]
8. TBD (Sinecio Morales, Rohan Kher, Vikram Narasimhan, Teigue Kelly) [submitted @ -$25]
9. TBD (Matthew Bollinger, Natan Holtzman, Daniel Hothem, Aseem Keyal) [not submitted]
10. Forget it, Huckle. It's Busytown (Ryan Rosenberg, Matt Weiner, Sam Bailey, Mike Sorice) [not submitted]
11. 2020 Ontario Hybrid Champions (Michael Coates, Eric Chen, Rohin Devanathan, Rahul Keyal) [submitted @ -$50]
12. "I have negged / the tossups / that were in / your categories" (Mike Cheyne, Conor Thompson, Joel Miles, Zach Foster) [submitted @ -$100]
13. TBD (Adam Fine, Isaac Kirk-Davidoff, Dylan Minarik, Matt Jackson) [submitted @ -$25]
14. Krik? Krak! des Chevaliers (Will Alston, John Lawrence, Eric Mukherjee, Stephen Liu) [submitted @ -$0]
15. Enby 15 Whale (Athena Kern, Weijia Cheng, Bradley McLain, Caroline Mao) [submitted @ -$50]
16. Two Whoppers Junior and a Side of Hashes Brown (Mazin Omer, Arthur Delot-Vilain, Anson Berns, Michał Gerasimiuk) [submitted @ -$50]
17. illibois (Iain Carpenter, Mitch McCullar, Justin Wytmar, Alex Fregeau) [submitted @ -$50]
18. TBD (Tracy Mirkin, Leo Law, Leah Honsinger, Graham Cope) [submitted @ -$25]
19. TBD (Halle Friedman, Connor Mayers, Doug Simons, Alex Li) [not submitted]
20. Propaganda of the Vent (Henry Atkins, Sheena Li, Paul Kasinski, TBD) [not submitted]
21. Operation Urgent Furry (Aiden Dartley, Dan Ni, William Orr, Max Brodsky) [not submitted]
22. Michigan C (Jon Vaysman, Sean Higgins, Subhamitra Banerjee Roychoudhury, Yichen Wang) [submitted @ -$0]
23. He Disrespected the Wu Gang Plant (Chris Ray, Ophir Lifshitz, TBD, TBD) [not submitted]
24. TBD (Kevin Wang, Lauren Onel, Jack Paganelli, Hayden Toftner) [not submitted]
25. TBD (Justin Hawkins, Caleb Kendrick, Alex Akridge, Finn Bender) [not submitted]
26. TBD (Benji Nguyen, Anderson Wang, Josh Xiong, TBD) [submitted @ -$25]
27. TBD (Chris Sims, John Marvin, Vivek Sasse, Ned Tagtmeier) [submitted @ -$0]
***waitlist***
W-1. TBD (Kenji Shimizu, Victor Pavao, Chandler West, TBD) [not submitted]
W-2. TBD (Nathan Zhang, Jason Hong, TBD, TBD) [not submitted]

We look forward to creating an enjoyable tournament experience for everyone!
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I'm bumping this to say that we're going to be keeping the poll for the date open through the end of next week (January 15th)- at that point we will want to go ahead and look into the room reservations. So, if you haven't voted yet, but you wanted to chime in, it's not too late!
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kdroge wrote: Tue Jan 04, 2022 5:47 pm I'm bumping this to say that we're going to be keeping the poll for the date open through the end of next week (January 15th)- at that point we will want to go ahead and look into the room reservations. So, if you haven't voted yet, but you wanted to chime in, it's not too late!
Was a final date ever decided?
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Aaron's Rod wrote: Wed Jan 26, 2022 12:17 pm Was a final date ever decided?
We have selected August 6th as the date for the tournament and have sent emails to book rooms for that date. I'm aware that the July date ended up being more popular in the last-minute votes but we went with August 6th at the start of last week when we had planned to close the poll.
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Can you put the date in the thread name?
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Cheynem wrote: Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:27 pm Can you put the date in the thread name?
I have updated the OP accordingly. I would also like to note that Mia McGill has joined the CO team as our misconduct representative.
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Thank you CO CEOs.
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Are there length caps for the tossups and bonuses?
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VSCOelasticity wrote: Mon Feb 14, 2022 6:54 pm Are there length caps for the tossups and bonuses?
Tossups will be capped at 8 lines in TNR 10 pt, with most questions coming close to the length cap. For bonuses, there is no hard cap, but most will be in the 8-10 line range.

Teams are of course welcome to submit questions that are longer than the final lengths to give editors more clues to work with.
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I updated the OP with a list of the teams that have officially registered as of 4/6/22. I also added the Caucasus to the list of geographical areas that are part of the European History distribution for this tournament, in case that wasn't clear before.
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Did you get our team's registration?
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Cheynem wrote: Sun Apr 10, 2022 10:25 pm Did you get our team's registration?
Yes, you must have signed up shortly after the last time I checked. I've updated the list.

If any team marked "TBD" comes up with a name over the next 3 months, just send me a PM. Otherwise the editors will assign you a team name.
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Due to the unprecedented level of interest, we have decided to make 2 important changes:

(1) We are switching to a half-packet submission model.
(2) We are imposing a tentative field cap of 26 teams.

Please refer to the OP for further details. If you have any questions, we would be happy to answer them.
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What would be the schedule for a 25-team CO?
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ryanrosenberg wrote: Mon May 02, 2022 11:22 pm What would be the schedule for a 25-team CO?
(Disclaimer: Jacob owns the official schedule, so I'm just speaking as an individual here, not in an authoritative capacity)

If we do reach 25 teams (which would be amazing!), I envision something like this:

Prelims: 9/8/8, 9 rounds
Playoffs: 6/6/6/7, 7 rounds, losses don't carry over
Finals sequence (as needed): 3 rounds
Total number of packets: 19 (9 submitted + 10 housewritten)

Teams in the bottom playoff bracket are guaranteed either 13 or 14 games, while teams in the top three playoff brackets are guaranteed either 14 or 15 games (not counting the finals sequence), depending on whether they're from an 8-team or 9-team prelim bracket. Teams in the bottom playoff bracket play a full 6 game round robin with byes to determine the final standings, while teams in the top three playoff brackets play 2 rounds of inter-bracket crossover games that don't affect the final standings, followed by a full 5 game round robin.
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Galadedrid Damodred wrote: Mon May 02, 2022 11:47 pm
ryanrosenberg wrote: Mon May 02, 2022 11:22 pm What would be the schedule for a 25-team CO?
(Disclaimer: Jacob owns the official schedule, so I'm just speaking as an individual here, not in an authoritative capacity)

If we do reach 25 teams (which would be amazing!), I envision something like this:

Prelims: 9/8/8, 9 rounds
Playoffs: 9/9/7, 6 rounds, losses to teams in the same playoff bracket carry over from prelims
Finals sequence (as needed): 3 rounds
Total number of packets: 18 (9 submitted + 9 housewritten)

This setup guarantees 12 games for every team, since the teams that play 7 rounds of prelims and then go into the bottom bracket will play 5 rounds of playoffs, while the teams that play 8 rounds of prelims and then go into the bottom bracket will play 4 rounds of playoffs. Teams in the middle and top brackets play either 13 or 14 games (not counting the finals sequence), depending on whether they're from an 8-team or 9-team prelim bracket. Each team plays all of the other teams in its playoff bracket exactly once (not counting the finals sequence).
To be honest, I would consider 12 games to be lower than I would like from a CO, especially because I believe it means 2 byes for teams in the bottom bracket. Is there a chance the field cap could be adjusted to 24 or 26 teams, both of which would provide a better schedule?
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Galadedrid Damodred wrote: Mon May 02, 2022 11:47 pm guarantees 12 games for every team, [...] Teams in the middle and top brackets play either 13 or 14 games
This seems to be moderately to significantly undershooting the number of games I, at least, would expect a CO to provide.

Also, 25 teams is an awful number to schedule sensibly--26 and 24 can both be done in the same number of rooms, even accounting for packet sub, and won't create awkward situations like unbalanced prelim bracket numbers.
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Yes, this is what I get for posting late in the evening, and it's part of why I'm not the TD! Ryan helpfully pointed out to me in DMs a 26 team schedule that only uses 12 rooms, and I belatedly realized that this is possible for 27 teams as well (a 9/9/9 into 9/9/9 schedule where prelim losses carry guarantees every team 14 games in 16 rounds and has at least 3 teams on bye in any given round). Therefore, I've increased the tentative field cap to 27. I've also edited my post upthread with a better idea for a 25 team schedule that guarantees every team at least 13 games, and the majority at least 14. Obviously some numbers are much easier to deal with than others, but I'm sure we can make it work if we end up with an "unfriendly" field size.
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So is "American" history and lit U.S. history or all of the Americas?
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American history and lit for this tournament use the standard quiz bowl norms for those categories- the U.S. and the area of the U.S. prior to the creation of the country (including but not limited to colonial America and Native American groups living in what is today the U.S.). If you have a question that straddles the line for the category or that overlaps multiple categories geographically, just use your judgment as to whatever makes for a better fit and I'm sure that it will be fine.
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There are 26 teams currently registered, so there's only 1 spot left to claim before the field cap is reached! After that, we will put you on the waitlist.
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When the deadline states "by Saturday," does that mean the packet needs to be in by 12:01 AM Saturday or just any time that day? I would love to have more time of the weekend to work on the packet if needed.
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Cheynem wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 11:01 pm When the deadline states "by Saturday," does that mean the packet needs to be in by 12:01 AM Saturday or just any time that day? I would love to have more time of the weekend to work on the packet if needed.
Seconded--traditional deadlines tend to be more along the lines of "11:59 Sunday" (or "when I wake up Monday") for this reason, since many people have regular school or work weeks (not me though, I'm built different).
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Auks Ran Ova wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 2:45 pm
Cheynem wrote: Wed May 11, 2022 11:01 pm When the deadline states "by Saturday," does that mean the packet needs to be in by 12:01 AM Saturday or just any time that day? I would love to have more time of the weekend to work on the packet if needed.
Seconded--traditional deadlines tend to be more along the lines of "11:59 Sunday" (or "when I wake up Monday") for this reason, since many people have regular school or work weeks (not me though, I'm built different).
The deadline is at the end of the day on Saturday for all dates in the OP. For example, if Kurtis receives the email at or before 11:59 PM Pacific time on Saturday, May 21 (= 1:59 AM Central time on Sunday, May 22, and so on for other time zones), you will receive the highest possible time-based discount.

In other news, we've reached the 27 team field cap! We will post an update in June after we determine whether we have the capacity (rooms, staffers, buzzers) to expand the field further.
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One free agent looking for a team if a spot is available. Thanks. [email protected]
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Quick question. Will there be an email address where we can submit proof of vaccination beforehand?
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Here Comes Rusev Day wrote: Sat Jun 11, 2022 7:35 pm Quick question. Will there be an email address where we can submit proof of vaccination beforehand?
We're still discussing some things, we'll make announcements as soon as we can.
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Hello folks,

We have some COVID policies to announce. Only point 1 is a change from last year's requirements.

1. We're requiring folks to be fully vaccinated for the tournament, as per the CDC definition. (Look at the "Adults ages 18 and older" section and click on the vaccine you received to find the definition of fully vaccinated for you). We highly encourage everyone who can to get a booster shot before the tournament. To submit your vaccination info, please fill out this form.

2. Masks will be required while you are indoors for the tournament. The only exceptions to this policy are: if you are eating or drinking; if you are making a tournament announcement; and if you are reading a game.

3. I should have hand sanitizer and wipes available again this year in game rooms.

If there are any questions you have about these policies, please post below or email/DM me.
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Also, we have 16 rooms reserved for both the tournament and for CO Trash on Sunday. We won't be raising the field cap until we get more staffers and we get 30 teams registered for CO (so this would be one more team).

We're currently at 18 staffers signed up for CO, so please consider this an open call for staffers for CO if you are not already playing the main tournament. Please fill out this form to indicate you want to staff.
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1992 in spaceflight wrote: Sun Jun 19, 2022 1:59 pm Also, we have 16 rooms reserved for both the tournament and for CO Trash on Sunday. We won't be raising the field cap until we get more staffers and we get 30 teams registered for CO (so this would be one more team).

We're currently at 18 staffers signed up for CO, so please consider this an open call for staffers for CO if you are not already playing the main tournament. Please fill out this form to indicate you want to staff.
If this expansion happens, will packet deadlines be changed/waived? With roughly a month until the absolute "we will drop you from the tournament" deadline, I don't think its reasonable to expect that teams on the waitlist had been working on a packet.

My personal opinion is that waiving the packet submission for additional teams might make sense, depending on set progress/number and quality of current submissions. Giving teams ~3 weeks to submit by the +$50 deadline (assuming the field expands this week) would be reasonable for a half-packet, but from my experience working on packet sub tournaments in the past (not CO), not much coming in at that deadline is getting used anyways. If you want something earlier to work with, I would guess submissions would be of a lower quality due to being rushed. Perhaps waitlisted teams might be willing to pay a slightly higher base fee so teams who submitted don't feel that they were treated unfairly for signing up early?
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Re: 2022 Chicago Open: August 6, 2022 @ Evanston, IL

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Zealots of Stockholm wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:40 am
1992 in spaceflight wrote: Sun Jun 19, 2022 1:59 pm Also, we have 16 rooms reserved for both the tournament and for CO Trash on Sunday. We won't be raising the field cap until we get more staffers and we get 30 teams registered for CO (so this would be one more team).

We're currently at 18 staffers signed up for CO, so please consider this an open call for staffers for CO if you are not already playing the main tournament. Please fill out this form to indicate you want to staff.
If this expansion happens, will packet deadlines be changed/waived? With roughly a month until the absolute "we will drop you from the tournament" deadline, I don't think its reasonable to expect that teams on the waitlist had been working on a packet.

My personal opinion is that waiving the packet submission for additional teams might make sense, depending on set progress/number and quality of current submissions. Giving teams ~3 weeks to submit by the +$50 deadline (assuming the field expands this week) would be reasonable for a half-packet, but from my experience working on packet sub tournaments in the past (not CO), not much coming in at that deadline is getting used anyways. If you want something earlier to work with, I would guess submissions would be of a lower quality due to being rushed. Perhaps waitlisted teams might be willing to pay a slightly higher base fee so teams who submitted don't feel that they were treated unfairly for signing up early?
We were discussing this earlier today and will make an announcement as soon as we come to a decision.
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Re: 2022 Chicago Open: August 6, 2022 @ Evanston, IL

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Zealots of Stockholm wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:40 am If this expansion happens, will packet deadlines be changed/waived? With roughly a month until the absolute "we will drop you from the tournament" deadline, I don't think its reasonable to expect that teams on the waitlist had been working on a packet.
So, first off, we are going to give until July 2nd to give a potential 30th team the chance to sign up. If no team signs up by then, the field cap of 27 will remain in place and people on the waitlist / free agents will have to join existing teams if possible.

If a team does sign up and the field expands, the formerly waitlisted teams (teams 28-30) will have two choices. Either they can pay a +50 fee and not submit a packet, or they may write a half packet and submit by July 16th (the +50 deadline for others) to receive no penalty. Hopefully this gives these teams reasonable options for packet submission while being fair to those who signed up early.
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