A confidential source reports from the recently completed 2011 US Open that the politburo pooh-bahs of the USCF have decided, in a closed door session, after seeing the number of players who chose the faster games and shorter schedules (less than 1/3 of the players opted for the 'traditional' schedule), and the number of players who availed themselves of the last round reward of a half-point for not playing, to make major changes to next year's US Open.
The good news is that they intend on going back to a 12 round tournament. The bad news is that the format will be 6 rounds played at a time control of G/60, 3 games to be played on Friday and 3 on Saturday, then 6 games to be contested at a time limit of G/30 on Sunday.
"The thinking is this will cut down on the hotel expense considerably," said the source. He added, "They really want to 'head 'em up & move 'em out!"