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Rankings And Unranked Games

Sat 27 December 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

The method for computing the rankings has been fine-tuned several times since it was introduced in early October.

The rankings are used solely to provide a fairer basis for determining the line-ups for our regular sessions.

However, I believe some of us take the rankings more seriously than others.

I had intended that non-regular games or games in which the rankings are not used to determine the line ups would be unranked – while the game counts as a game played, the result does not count as a win or loss regardless of the actual result (that is, it is treated as equivalent to a draw for purposes of the rankings).

However, wins and losses were recorded for one of the earlier non-regular games – our game against Look Liew’s regular group in September.

When we first played Franco’s colleagues two weeks ago, I recorded a win for Franco, as it did not seem fair to deprive him of the win.

Our game against The Cage on Tuesday was likewise an unranked game.

To standardize the rankings, a win in an unranked game will be worth half the points of a win in a regular session, while a loss will be equivalent to a draw, so you can’t lose in an unranked game.

Games against other groups, and any future mixed sessions, will be unranked games.

Late withdrawals after 6 pm for a 9 pm session will be equivalent to half a loss, without the benefit of a game played.  If it after 8 pm, it will be equivalent to a loss, again, without the benefit of a game played.  The late withdrawal penalty won’t be imposed if there is a very good reason for the lateness of the withdrawal.

Only games in the current and preceding quarter will count in the rankings.  As we started on 1 September 2008, the first quarter will include September.

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  1. rajiv
    Mon 5 January 2009 at 8:05 pm

    If three or more of the players in a session are unranked/new (as it is for tonight), I’m considering treating the session as an unranked game, as described above.

  2. rajiv
    Fri 9 January 2009 at 3:45 pm

    If there is no agreement as to the result, I’ll put it down as a contested win for the side that claims a win (half the points for a regular win, and equivalent to an unranked win), and a contested draw for the side that claims a draw (equivalent to a draw).

  3. rajiv
    Mon 12 January 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I’ll accept a bad headache as a good reason for a late withdrawal provided it isn’t used too often by the same person.

    If you have to withdraw at a late stage, in addition to SMSing me, please submit a comment under that week’s schedule, so that anyone who is available and sees it can SMS me to say they can come in, without me having to SMS a lot of people, especially when I’m out with my wife.

    She gets very annoyed when I have to deal with FIOFAFI SMSes while I’m out with her.

  4. rajiv
    Tue 13 January 2009 at 9:34 am

    The other issue that arises from a late withdrawal is that there may not be enough time to re-do the line ups in be strictly in order of the rankings.

    Although there is no guarantee that following the rankings strictly will result in a more even game, when there is a late substitution, there is a greater risk of an uneven game.

    One way to deal with that is to treat the result as an unranked game when including it in the rankings, that is, a win is recorded as an unranked win, while a draw or loss is recorded as or equivalent to a draw.

    However, if at the start of the session, the players can agree on whether or not to re-jig the line ups to make them more even, the game will be fully ranked.

    I appreciate that unexpected matters can arise very late in the day, but if you have to withdraw, please post your withdrawal on the blog and SMS me as soon as possible.

    If you’re not feeling well on the day of the session, please do so by late morning, or early afternoon, or late afternoon. Leaving it until the evening is pretty late.

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