Posts tagged Scrabble

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 ...

When should top players meet in a tournament?

July 13, 2016, 6:28 a.m. scrabble , chess , swiss , dutch

In any sport, if the top players play against each other during the early stages of the tournament some of them will be knocked out or be out of contention for any of the prizes. Almost all chess tournaments involving a large number of players are carried out using the swiss pairing system. If we ta ...

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 ...

A dilapidated Scrabble Power House

June 26, 2016, 1:40 p.m. scrabble

What does the 2003 UK Scrabble Champion and the 2005 Australian Scrabble Champion have in common? They are both of Sri Lankan origin.  For good measure Naveen Fernando won the Australian title again in 2010.  Before that he had won the Gulf Championship. Ancient history ...

Modified round robin pairing.

Feb. 2, 2016, 6:34 a.m. scrabble , chess , round robin , pairing , python

Do you want to organize a tournament where the pairing system is round robin but some players need to play against other players at a specific time? This gist is what you are looking for.   On friday evening, I got a call from the tournament director of the Scrabble league, asking if I could write a bit of code .. ...

A more meaningful way to reschedule Zyzzyva cardboxes

June 3, 2015, 5:59 a.m. zyzzyva , scrabble , cardbox , sqlite

Playing competitive Scrabble but not using the Zyzzyva cardboxes? Well you should. Using Zyzzyva cardboxes but you have an unmanagable number of quizzes coming up each day? Read on.   Zyzzyva does have it's own built in rescheduling feature it's pretty usefull if you miss your quizzes f ...

ISC on Linux

July 20, 2014, 5:28 a.m. Scrabble , ISC , wordbuff , java

Internet Scrabble Club is the cool place to play scrabble online. Some of the world's top players hang around at the ISC. Play online doesn't mean you can play with the browser, rather you need to download and install one of their clients. Fortunately they have clients available for Linux, M ...