Below quote from mumsascrappa on the Rhode Island State Championshp Totals: Masters: 18 playing 5 rounds cutting to T4 Seniors: 19 playing 5 rounds cutting to T4 Juniors: 20 playing 5 rounds cutting to T4 Total: 57 Note: Bad weather plagued New England Friday night into Saturday. Pretty good numbers considering that, and the fact the the New England player base had to decide whether to play in RI or NH.[/QUOTE][/COLOR] What gives with the top cut, it is so unbalanced that maybe it is time to just go ahead and get rid of it altogether. I do not mean to belittle the organized play in Rhode Island in any way, they were very pleased with the turnout that they received for the state championship, and they had every reason to feel that way.. However, how is it right that a tournament with 18 players gets a top 4 cut while Oregon States with 97 players (that is 5 times the participation) is only allowed 2 times the top cut with a Top 8? Can someone please explain the thought process that leads one to believe that a top 4 out of 18 participants (or 22% of the players) is in any way comparable to tournament with a top 8 out of 97 players (or 8% of the field) The players in Oregon were in an event 5 times larger then Rhode Island but the players there only had 1/3 the chance to top cut as thoes in the Rhode Island event. Perhaps it is time to get rid of the top cuts altogether, and just play swiss until there is one undefeated person left and they will be declared the champion. That way every person in every event, regardless of the size of the participation will have an equal chance to win the tourney. If it is good enough for prerelease's why not use it for other premier events as well.