Posts tagged KOTH

Predictability of tournament results based on ratings.

July 28, 2016, 6:51 a.m. KOTH , Scrabble , Pairing

This is a part of a series of articles on the King Of The Hill Pairing System and it's use at Scrabble tournaments. King Of The Hill or KOTH for short is a strict 1 plays 2, 3 plays 4 , 5 plays 6 pairing system commonly used at the last few rounds of a Scrabble tournament. It allows repeats. In ...

Average points scored in a game of Scrabble.

July 11, 2016, 5:21 a.m. Scrabble , KOTH , Pairing

What is a good score in a game of Scrabble? Nigel Richards averages 462.54 in international tournaments. He has gone past 400 points 84.41% of the time. Craig Beavers averages 438.59 and has gone past 400 points 73.34% of the time. Mind you these are international tournaments where they wo ...

Buchholz score as a measure of fairness of the draw.

July 5, 2016, 5:17 a.m. chess , scrabble , buchholz , KOTH

Average Ratings of Opponents, the Buchholz and Sonneborn-Berger System are some of the methods recommended by FIDE for breaking ties in Chess tournaments. In a Scrabble tournament, a tie is virtually unheard of. However Buchholz and Average Ratings of Opponents provide an excellent method of evaluat ...

Fairness of KOTH pairing.

July 4, 2016, 7:15 a.m. KOTH , Pairing , Scrabble

This is part 3, in a series of posts on KOTH pairings. The analysis is carried out using the results of the Age Group Scrabble Championship 2015.. The tables on this post can be recreated by web scraping the contents of the above link. The fairness of the draw can be calculated based on three differ ...

Analysis of Pairing Systems : Definition of Terms.

June 30, 2016, 4:44 a.m. KOTH , Scrabble , Pairing

This the continuation of a series of articles that analyses the King of The Hill pairing system. Before we get to the analysis proper, we need to get some definitions out of the way. KOTH The King Of The Hill Pairing system, which is a strict 1 plays 2, 3 plays 4 .. (2n-1) plays 2n pairing system. S ...

King Of The Hill Pairing System - An Analysis.

June 28, 2016, 5:41 a.m. scrabble , pairing , KOTH

The King Of The Hill pairing system is one where the “Top ranked plays second, third plays fourth, etc. Usually used for the last round(s) of the tournament” (NSA 2008, p53) “KOTH pairings are often used in the final round(s) of a tournament to ensure that contenders face each othe ...