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A 'Swiss' Badminton Tournament analysis

Problem

A club night lasts 2 Hours and we have 4 courts, can we play a mini-tournament in that time. Also club players prefer to have close games, rather than either win easily of get slaughtered all night long!

Solution

Try a 'Swiss' tournament. Play a set up to 21 pairs(players) allocated by random draw, record the net point position, order the pairs (players) by net points, then create new matches in order from the top, skipping over matches that have already been played. Add the net points from these matches, re-order and repeat. The rest of these slides present analysis of such a tournament - generated at random as the deck starts.

Player Levels

Good Bad

Matches

Close Games

'Bump' diagram - Ranking

Rank Hover on line for match details

Conclusions

Seems to work we get:

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