Club Ladder Simulation
The club ladder system starts off as a sequential list of players with the highest rated at the top. The top four players form a group, the next four form a group, and so on. Players that win most of their games move up, and players that lose most of their games move down. This leads to a system where players of like abilities generally play each other, yet with quite a bit of variety of opponents as well. Only players that show up in a given night will have the opportunity to move to a different rung; existing players hold their spots for a given time (approx 6 months).
The club ladder system organizes players into four player groups. At the end of the night, the players are sorted by number of wins, and with cumulative spread as a tiebreaker. The top two players in a group swap places with the bottom two players in the next highest group above them. Thus finishing in the top two in your group generally means you'll player stronger opponents next week. And finishing in the bottom two of your group generally means you'll play slightly easier opponents next week.
For our mock session, the club members are as follows. Please note that these are not necessarily the names of the actual members of Club #374.
Our fictional members' names will appear in BOLD CAPS throughout this page so they stand out.
Start of Day
At the start of the day, the ranking order of all of the members is as follows:
Start of Session
At the start of the session, DAVID, FRANK, STEVEN, BOB, and KIM are all absent, so the groupings for this evening will be as follows:
In group three there is five members, so one person will have a bye for each round. The round number that each player has the bye in is indicated in parentheses above. MORLEY and TIM have only had one bye since they joined the club, and have not had a bye for five and seven months, respectively. All of the other people in group three have had two byes with their last bye coming fairly recently. However, GARY needs to leave early tonight, so he is given the third bye.
The first round is played, and the results are as follows:
JERRY 472 vs. ROSE 458 (spr: 14)
PETER 385 vs. VICTOR 402 (spr: 17)
CAROLINE 391 vs. ADAM 328 (spr: 63)
NINA 284 vs. EVE 418 (spr: 134)
LARRY 316 vs. GARY 344 (spr: 38)
HELENA 288 vs. TIM 357 (spr: 69)
MORLEY - BYE
In round number two, the results are:
JERRY 505 vs. PETER 419 (spr: 86)
ROSE 338 vs. VICTOR 360 (spr: 22)
CAROLINE 355 vs. EVE 349 (spr: 6)
ADAM 391 vs. NINA 311 (spr: 80)
LARRY 271 vs. MORLEY 389 (spr: 118)
GARY 326 vs. HELENA 404 (spr: 78)
TIM - BYE
The final round of the evening produces the following outcomes:
JERRY 399 vs. VICTOR 348 (spr: 51)
PETER 362 vs. ROSE 388 (spr: 26)
CAROLINE 318 vs. NINA 350 (spr: 32)
ADAM 300 vs. EVE 279 (spr: 21)
LARRY 481 vs. TIM 255 (spr: 226)
MORLEY 307 vs. HELENA 321 (spr: 14)
GARY - BYE
The night's final results are shown below.
Based on the results above, the ranking order at the end of the night is as below. Members who were absent hold their position, and have been coloured in blue for easy identification.
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