There are 48 people signed up in a normal time. This is a perfect number to divide people to 4 preliminary groups 12 players each, then play 4 final groups 12 players each. Therefore, I decide that the number of the extra slots for late entries will be zero.
The rules regarding the schedule and forfeits remain. I will publish the schedule soon, the drawing of groups will be done some time before the end of this year.