i proposed the following format back in 1998, the ibf days (pre-bwf): no qualifiers at any level of competition tues - rd 1 weds - rd of 16 thur - 1/4's fri - break sat - semis sun - final this is now possible at the wt 2.3 tournaments and higher since there is no qualifier. the logic is if you want to play in the high level tournaments you must chase your ranking by succeeding at the lower levels, and/or maintain your ranking by succeeding at the highest level tournaments. this increases the quality of all tournament levels. it creates a sense of urgency in competition at all levels. regarding the issues of mandatory appearances and protected rankings: count the 10 best results from the prior 18 months instead of 12. this eliminates the need for the upcoming 6 month maximum protected ranking system (which players will use to avoid the mandatory appearances anyway). it also leaves room for team events & professional league play, which also increases the visibility of badminton.