TOURNAMENT PRODUCTION TEAM
I will be serving as head editor of this tournament. Ike Jose will be providing oversight. Subject editing will be handled by myself (various things), Ike (philosophy and vis art), Jason Cheng (some lit), Jonathen Settle (some science), Ryan Humphrey (some science), and Brad McLain (beliefs). Jacob O'Rourke will be handling logistics and Rama Rangaraju will be assisting with miscellaneous production duties.
People interested in freelancing questions (for pay) and/or playtesting should DM or email me.
PACKET SUBMISSION AND FEES
As in the past, all open teams playing Chicago Open will be required to submit a full packet of questions to play. As with last year, the base tournament fee for all teams will be $250. Quality discounts of up to $100 will be available and will be determined using a set of metrics defined by the editing team.
Please put your team name and members here! Note that no team is officially registered until they submit a packet. All packets should be emailed to the tournament account: chicago.open.2020 (at) gmail (dot) com
This is the submission schedule. Deadline for each date is a hard deadline of 11:59PM PST:
- Sunday May 3rd: -$50
- Sunday May 17th: -$25
- Sunday May 31st: No penalty
- Sunday June 13th: +$25
- Sunday June 27th: +$50
- Every day after the last deadline: +$69
Packets should be submitted according to the (24/20) distribution outlined below:
- 1/1 Long Fiction (novels)
- 1/1 Poetry (you can place epic poetry here if you emphasize its diction and words, as opposed to narrative)
- 1 Drama
- 1 Short Stories
- 1 Nonfiction (essays, criticism, autobiographies, memoirs, etc. go here)
- 2 Misc / any / more of the above
- 1/1 US History
- 1/1 Post-500 CE European History (including Britain and Ireland)
- 1/1 Post-500 CE "World History" (non-US, non-Europe, excluding Canada, Australia, New Zealand)
- 1 Canada, Australia, NZ, or "International" History (i.e. international organizations, colonialism/imperialism, trade - be creative!)
- 1 Pre-500 CE History (anywhere in the world)
- 1 Historiography or Archaeology
- 1/1 Biology
- 1/1 Physics
- 1/1 Chemistry (no more than 1 orgo)
- 1 Data science, applied math, or engineering
- 1 Astronomy or earth science
- 1 Pure math or computer science
- 1/1 Classical + Opera (Either two classical music or one classical music and one opera; non-western "classical" traditions go here)
- 1/1 Painting + Sculpture (Either two painting or one painting and one sculpture)
- 1/1 Other Arts (Anything not covered above. Do not write two of the same sort of other arts)
- 1 Non-Abrahamic Legends (traditional quizbowl "mythology" focused on stories - don't write a purely worship-focused tossup here)
- 1 Theology and Practice (scripture goes here, unless it's narrative-oriented)
- 1 Other or Misc (questions focused on Biblical or Qur'anic narratives go here, as well as mixed questions)
- 1/1 Philosophy + “Soft Thought” (ala Nats 2018) - Focus on more theoretical topics here
- 1/1 “Hard” Social Science (ala Nats 2018) - Focus on empirical social science here
- 1 Geography (including human geography)
- 1 Modern World (interesting current events and/or topics that are important to the current state of human affairs)
- 1 Other Academic (either interesting mixed academic or topics that don't fit in well above)
All questions in each packet should be tagged with the first and last name of their writer! I would personally like to give credit to individual writers for cool submissions after the tournament is over. There may be an effort to credit the names of submitting writers in-packet, since I want to people to get props for their cool ideas from future generations.
This set will aim to roughly replicate the difficulty of the 2014, 2015, and 2019 editions of Chicago Open, with an added emphasis on controlling tossup length and bonus difficulty fluctuation, which will ideally bring down the difficulty slightly lower. Last year's edition of Chicago Open decisively confirmed my belief that you don't need to sacrifice accessibility, especially to the large 20+ team audience of modern editions of CO, in order to give the "real CO experience" of intense competition on very hard, intellectually stimulating questions.
What does this mean for packet submitters? Well, PLEASE DON'T SUBMIT ON ANY ANSWER YOU THINK WOULD BE OUT OF PLACE AT ACF NATIONALS. This doesn't mean there will be no tossups on hard answers - you should send some of those in for sure! We guarantee, there will be plenty of those. Tossups on novel answerlines, many of which are challenging, are what we all come to CO for. But inevitably, everyone's going to have some ideas that they think are very reasonable than everyone else things are pretty tough, or things they think are tough that are actually mega hard! I would STRONGLY, strongly encourage you to submit one, two, or even three tossups per major category on ACF Regionals or easier answers. A thoroughly researched, interesting tossup on a common answer is often just as exciting as one on something super out-of-place and it's really nice to have a lot of these as an editor so you know you're not going overboard.
The distribution outlined above is highly specific in order to ensure that a wide range of subject matter is covered. Nonetheless, we're choosing not to experiment too much - a little less religion/myth, a little more Geo/MW/OAc, and some dedicated space for applied math, data science, and engineering questions. We mean to incorporate a lot of the best trends in modern writing and highlight topics that people have enjoyed hearing in many successful recent hard tournaments without sacrificing much.
We look forward to creating an awesome tournament experience for you all!