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Winter League 2021

Winter league 2021 took place from June to November, with 12 players taking part. Players ranged from 3d to 7k in strength. Once again, the tournament used a McMahon style with pairing pre-drawn based on player ranks at the start of the tournament. The bar was set at 3k for this season.

Congratulations to Chris, who won the league for the second year in a row, with straight wins. Andrew and Andre placed second and third respectively. Michael was promoted back to 4k during the tournament.

1Chris Welsh3d
2Andrew Davies3d
3Andre Connell2d
4Rocco Vivier2k
5Lloyd Rubidge1d
6Ben Bredenkamp1k
7James Nicolson1k
8Christiaan Maasdrop3k
9Michael Rapson4k
10Paul Edwards1d
11Gordon Wells7k
12Fred Strauss7k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Rank Changes, Tournaments, Uncategorized, Winter League at 1:11 PM, No Comments »

December 2nd, 2020

Winter League 2020

Winter league 2020 took place from May through September, with 18 players taking part. Player ranks ranged from 4d to 18k.

A McMahon style tournament, with pairings pre-drawn based on player ranks at the start of the tournament, was trialed in 2019. As the format seemed to be successful, it was used again. The “McMahon bar” was set at 3k to encourage games between players above and below the bar after the initial rounds.

Competition for the top spot was fierce, but ultimately an on form Chris Welsh secured wins against Andrew and Ben to secure first place with a MMS (McMahon score) of 22. Four players tied on an MMS of 21. These were Ben, Andrew, Andre, and Rocco. Ben and Andrew were only separated by their head to head game, won by Ben. Andrew managed to finally break Andre’s winning streak in their head to head tournament matches during 2020. The remaining ties were broken by SOSM or SOSOSM (“sum of opponent score McMahon” and “sum of sum of opponent score McMahon” respectively).

Congratulations to Rocco, Fred, Neville, Anton, and Pico who all received promotions during the course of the tournament.

Final standings:
1: Chris Welsh, 3d
2: Ben Gale, 4d
3: Andrew Davies, 3d
4: Andre Connell, 2d
5: Rocco Vivier, 3k
6: James Nicolson, 1k
7: James Gelant, 4k
8: David Gale, 1k
9: Michael Rapson, 5k
10: Paul Edwards, 1d
11: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d
12: Christiaan Maasdorp, 4k
13: Marc Loon, 5k
14: Fred Strauss, 7k
15: Gordon Wells, 7k
16: Neville Eisenberg, 11k (playing as 10k in the tournament)
17: Anton Stott, 13k
18: Pico Geyer, 16k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Rank Changes, Tournaments, Winter League at 12:09 AM, No Comments »

December 8th, 2019

Winter League 2019

Winter league 2019 took place from May through September, with 19 players taking part.

Typically the winter league is a round robin tournament with players divided into groups according to their strength. This year, a five round McMahon style tournament was tested. Pairings were pre-drawn based on player rankings at the start of the tournament. This allowed games to be played in any order (as typical for the winter league), while allowing players to all compete in a single group.

The trial format seems to have worked well. In particular, it allowed for players who had previously been seeded at the top of bottom of their groups to play both stronger and weaker players.

Congratulations to Andrew Davies for winning the tournament. Lloyd Rubidge placed second, with Chris Welsh and Andre Connell sharing third place. Vincent Varkvisser, Stephen Martindale, and Calvin Brizzi all earned promotions during the tournament.

Final standings:
1: Andrew Davies, 4d
2: Lloyd Rubidge, 1d
3: Chris Welsh, 3d, and
Andre Connell, 2d
5: Paul Edwards, 1d
6: Vincent Varkvisser, 4k
7: David Gale, 2k
8: Christiaan Maasdorp, 5k
9: Michael Rapson, 4k
10: Stephen Martindale, 4k
11: James Gelant, 5k
12: Marc Loon, 5k
13: Pablo Casado, 5k
14: Gordon Wells, 7k
15: Alastair Sloan, 8k
16: Tinus Cloete, 9k
17: Neville Eisenberg, 9k
18: Calvin Brizzi, 13k
19: Cameron Davies, 15k

Posted by Michael Rapson as Tournaments, Winter League at 10:45 PM, No Comments »

June 24th, 2015

Winter League 2015 results now online

You can easily see up to date situation with the Winter League on google docs. You don’t need a google account to view it. You will probably need to download the file to see all the details, but the web view will give most of the information.

Posted by Chris Welsh as Winter League at 2:27 PM, No Comments »