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2000 NSC Pairings

The pairing system for this tournament will be similar to the 1998 Championship, with a change in the early rounds. All pairings will be posted on your Division bulletin board at the start of each morning and afternoon session. As in past National Championships, the top player in each division will be included in regular pairings as described below, even if there is a runaway victory.

Rounds 1-11:
Sunday A.M.
Sunday P.M.
Monday A.M.

The first 11 rounds will be a round robin in groups of 12 players. Each group of 12 players will be chosen using the July 1st, 2000 ratings list. For example, if there are 96 players in your division, the first group will have #1, 9, 17, 25, 33, 41, 49, 57, 65, 73, 81, 89. We will post only those rounds pertinent to each session. Each group will play at the same 6 boards and three tables, since there will be two boards at each table. This will ensure a minimum of movement. The numbers represent each player's rating relative to others coming into the tournament, as of July 1, 2000.

In all later sessions, the numbers will represent the players' tournament standing among all the players in each division. Subsequent sessions will be paired in groups of 4, and with each session these paired players will have win/loss records more similar than prior sessions.

Rounds 12-14:
Monday P.M.

Based on rankings after round 11, players will be divided into groups of 24, within which six subgroups of four players will each play a round robin. That is, players with the following groups of rankings will play round robins with each other: (1,7,13,19), (2,8,14,20), (3,9,15,21), (4,10,16,22), (5,11,17,23), (6,12,18,24), (25,31,37,43), ....

Rounds 15-18:
Tuesday A.M.

Based on rankings after round 14, players will be divided into groups of 16, within which four subgroups of four players will each play a round robin. That is, players with the following groups of rankings will play round robins with each other: (1,5,9,13), (2,6,10,14), (3,7,11,15), (4,8,12,16), (17,21,25,29), .... In the fourth round of the morning (round 18), players (1,5,9,13) should rank themselves according to standings after round 17 and each play the correspondingly ranked player in (2,6,10,14), etc. If necessary, pairings will be adjusted to prevent players from playing each other twice.

Rounds 19-21:
Tuesday P.M.

Based on rankings after round 18, players will be divided into groups of 12, within which three subgroups of four players will each play a round robin. That is, players with the following groups of rankings will play round robins with each other: (1,4,7,10), (2,5,8,11), (3,6,9,12), (13,16,19,22), .... If necessary, pairings will be adjusted to prevent players from playing each other three times.

Rounds 22-25:
Wednesday A.M.

Based on rankings after round 21, players will be divided into groups of 8, within which two subgroups of four players will each play a round robin. That is, players with the following groups of rankings will play round robins with each other: (1,3,5,7), (2,4,6,8), (9,11,13,15), .... In the fourth round of the morning (round 25), players (1,3,5,7) should rank themselves according to standings after round 24 and each play the correspondingly ranked player in (2,4,6,8) etc. If necessary, pairings will be adjusted to prevent players from playing each other three times.

Rounds 26-28:
Wednesday P.M.

Based on rankings after round 25, players will be divided into round-robin groups of 4. That is, players with the following groups of rankings will play round robins with each other: (1,2,3,4), (5,6,7,8), .... If necessary, pairings will be adjusted to prevent players from playing each other three times.

Rounds 29-31:
Thursday A.M.

Based on rankings after round 28, players ranked below 40 will be divided into round-robin groups of 4. That is, players with the following groups of rankings will play round robins with each other: (41,42,43,44), (45,46,47,48), .... Players ranked in the top 40 will be paired king-of-the-hill each round: (1,2), (3,4), ..., (39,40).


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