Nick Reed had withdrawn from the Final Phase before playing any games. I could leave it as is but since Final C had 13 people and a complicated system I could as well change it back to a normal Round Robin matching the schedule by moving one participant from the Final C to the Final B.
I decided to go for the second option. The candidates were Ted Torgerson (the best advancing to the Final C from the Preliminary Group of Nick Reed) and Daniël Hogetoorn (the best result among all the players from the Final C in the Preliminary Phase). I decided to promote Daniël for two reasons: first of all, he has a higher AREA rating, and second thing is that he had not forfeited any game in the Preliminary Phase, compared with 3 forfeits of Ted.
Since all the groups contain now 12 people and match the schedule I won’t make any other replacements due to withdrawals this season.
The main changes are:
- Nick Reed is no longer in the Final B and in YATSL 2016.
- Daniël Hogetoorn is no longer in the Final C. Instead, he is paired where Nick Reed was paired in the Final B.
- The Final C is a Round Robin system where everybody plays each other. BYEs are no longer awarded.
- Due to the fact that the BYEs were awarded and some players might include it in their plans, the requirements for the players in the Final C are lowered 1 game each Deadline Event until September, i.e: there is no penalty for no games on 21 August, and there are 2 and 4 games required on 4 and 18 September respectively.