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At the start of the tournament, teams are divided into groups (or divisions) of 3 or 4 teams each. If the tournament has a full roster of 32 teams, then there are 8 divisions of 4 teams each. With fewer teams, some (or all) divisions may have 3 teams, or there may be fewer than 8 divisions.
Within each division, each team plays a match with each other team. So for a division with 4 teams, each plays 3 matches; in a division with 3 teams, each plays 2 matches.
There are 4 rounds in the annual championship. Round 1 has up to 32 teams and 16 teams advance; round 2 has 8 teams advance, round 3 has 4 advance, and the Grand Final determines the championship. To keep the tournament on schedule, each round is limited to 90 days. At the end of the 90 days, the scores in each match are checked, whether the match is complete or not, and the team with the highest number of games won on that date wins the match. If the match score is tied then it is scored as a draw.
Two teams from each division advance to the next round. If there is a tie for 1st/2nd, both teams advance and no tiebreaker is required. But it is possible to have ties for 2nd/3rd, 1st/2nd/3rd, or even have all 4 teams have a win, draw, and loss resulting in a 4-way tie. If there is a tie, the net score differential (total games won - total games lost) is used as the tiebreaker.
Examples will be posted in this forum in a few minutes. I need to enter some data into a spreadsheet and post it in a different browser...
In this example, teams A B and C tie with 2 wins and one loss. Teams B and C advance because of their better win/loss ratio on an individual game basis.
If both of those teams win their matches vs. Gambit Fans, and tie their match (rare but possible) then both advance.
Example, teams A and B tie, and both defeat C -- both advance.
In this example, A defeats both B and C, and they tie. A and C advance -- C advances because they have a better tiebreaker having lost their match with A by a lower margin.
I forgot that we had to tie the match too.. so what happens if one of us loses?
So we both beat Gambit Fans! and then Quick Moves beats Nicu (this is hypothetical example) then who advances?
In that case, Quick Moves has 2-0, Nicu has 1-1, Gambit Fans! has 0-2. Two advance, Quick Moves and Nicu.
Thats when Dave shoots the arrows at the teams when drunk
Then it's like post #3 -- the two with the best tiebreaks advance.
If the match records and tiebreaks are tied for more than 2 teams it would be a really serious problem. At least that's not a very likely thing to happen, so won't worry about it for now...
ok cool. I don't think it would happen, but we never know.
Well lets jump off that bridge when (IF) we come to it
The Architects sent challenge to Team USA. No response till now...Lock day is tomorrow...
Why is Team USA on this championship? Because their superadmin last login on chess.com was on Oct 6, 2010!!!!!!
Who did apply for this team?
Is this Championship for real or are we wasting time here?
Hi Dave! You say in rules:"To keep the tournament on schedule, each round is limited to 90 days". Why?
What if a great battle in the match? If the result is uncertain?
That is why we have a cut off point. If we waited till the match had a clear decisive winner it could take months and then the tournament would run over by quite a long time (especially so if it runs over EVERY round)
The match betwen Quick moves and NICU & HIS...could have 80 pairs.
It might that in those 90 days, will be not a mathematical winner. What will happen?
If after 90 days the match is drawn that is how it will be shown in the table
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