about tournament design

01IIn the world of competition, enormous efforts are made to meet the needs of competitors, fans, media and tournament officials.

02Certain aspects, like tools and equipment, undergo rapid and continuous innovation. Other elements, like training techniquesthe tournament design remains unchanged since the 19th century and methodology, evolve more gradually.
But one essential component of competition, the design, is unique in that it has remained mostly unchanged since the 19th century.

03Just like 100 years ago, in today's tennis, half of the participants go home after losing in the first round of the tournament. These competitors are equipped with space-age technology rackets, but are deprived of what is most essential, the proper opportunity:

  • to prove their strength
  • to learn how to compete

04Likewise, since as far back as the 19th century in practically all other sports competitions, a 9:1 victory against a top team is still rewarded exactly as much as a 2:1 victory against a second-rate team. With such severe inaccuracy you may not know how good you really are.

05Innovation in tournament design could have as dramatic an impact on sports as innovation in training techniques and equipment do.

06equTournaments is an example of such an innovation. The ranking computation component of this design is based on advanced mathematical modeling techniques. It produces a vastly more informative ranking of the competitors by exploiting tournament results to their fullest. It is a remarkably powerful and flexible component of our design. innovation in tournament design can have a dramatic impact on sportsIt can be effortlessly combined with countless scheduling schemes, to meet the most fundamental needs of the major stakeholders in any competition:

07Equtar is a software implementation of equTournaments and equRankings.

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