C.04.5.1 Baku Acceleration
1. 
Premise 


The Baku Acceleration Method is applicable in any tournament where the standard scoring point system (one point for a win, half point for a draw) is used. 

2. 
Initial Groups Division 


Before the first round, the list of players to be paired (properly sorted) shall be split in two groups, GA and GB. The first group (GA) shall contain the first half of the players, rounded up to the nearest even number. The second group (GB) shall contain all the remaining players. 

Note:  for instance, if there are 161 players in the tournament, the nearest even number that comprises the first half of the players (i.e. 80.5) is 82. The formula 2 * Q (2 times Q), where Q is the number of players divided by 4 and rounded upwards, may be helpful in computing such number – that, besides being the number of GA players, is also the pairing number of the last GA player.  
3. 
Late entries 




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4. 
Virtual points 


The “accelerated rounds” are the ones in the first half (rounded up) of the tournament. 

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5. 
Pairing score 


