Analysis of Pairing Systems : Definition of Terms.

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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.


The King Of The Hill Pairing system, which is a strict 1 plays 2, 3 plays 4 .. (2n-1) plays 2n pairing system.


A reference to the Swiss Pairing system which is almost always the format that is used for tournaments where the number of players exceeds the number of rounds. It finds widespread usage in scrabble and some other sports too

Prize winner

It is customary in Scrabble tournaments to award prizes and/or certificates to players who finish with in the top 10 at the end of the tournament. These persons will be called prize winners

Rated Player

Age Group Scrabble Championship is the only tournament conducted by the SLSL that specifically targets beginners. As a result it attracts a disproportionate number of novices. There is a huge gap between these players and rated players. For the purpose of this discussion a rated player is a person whose name appears on the SLSL ratings list. Further the players with the 10 highest ratings will be called the top rated players.


A person who is either a prize winner or a top rated player

Strong Player

Players who have scored an average of 365 points per game will be defined as a strong player. Only the top quartile had an average greater than 365 .

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