I would like to offer following schedule and playing systems for International Championships of ITHF (World Championship, Europe Championship).

 

Currently schedules and playing systems are decided only short time before Championship and sometimes that causes situation then a lot of people are not familiar with playing system used at tournament.

 

This suggestion offers standard schedule what is not too much dependant on number of players (with some small exceptions) and also playing systems what covers different number of players in every category.

 

Intars Žubeckis, 20.2.2008, updated 17.12.2008, 25.02.2009, 13.03.2009, 04.01.2010, 02.06.2010, 08.10.2011 and 02.02.2012.

 

Schedule

 

Suggested schedule is based on schedule what was created for WCh07, used at EuroCh08, updated for WCh09 and EuroCh2010, added new version for EuroCh2012.

The main task of this schedule is to allow juniors and veterans also participate at Open and Team competitions.

 

Option for year 2010 added – Juniors are playing on Friday, but Ladies on Saturday, so Ladies in Junior age can play both categories.

Junior Teams added.

Visual version of schedule version 2012 added.

Schedule approved by ExC of ITHF for ECh2012.

 

Playing system - Juniors, Veterans, Ladies

 

There is common playing system for Juniors, Veterans and Ladies categories.

Suggested system supposed to cover tournament with up to 60 players in it and fit into time schedule.

 

If number of players in tournament is less than 24:

1) all players play group (round-robin) games;

2) play-offs for 1st-8th place, 9th-16th place, 17th-23rd place takes place

 

If number of players is between 24 and 38 (including):

1) players are seeded into 2 qualification groups.

2) after group (round-robin) games, the best 8 players from both groups form Division 1, the next 8 players of groups form Division 2, where they plays round-robin against players of other group. Division 1 mutual results from qualification group are counted, Division 2 mutual results are counted if there are more than 10 players.

3) the best 8 players of Division 1 play play-offs for 1st-8th place , but the best 8 players of Division 2 play play-offs for 17th -24th place. If there are less than 12 players in Division 2, only the best 4 players play play-off.

 

If number of players is between 39 and 60 (including):

1) players are seeded into 4 qualification groups.

2) after group (round-robin) games, the best 4 players from both groups form Division 1, the next 4 players of groups form Division 2 (and so on), where they plays round-robin against players of other group. Division 1 and 2 mutual results from qualification group are counted, Division 3 mutual results are counted if there are more than 10 players.

3) the best 8 players of Division 1 play play-offs for 1st-8th place , but the best 8 players of Division 2 play play-offs for 17th -24th place, and so on. If there are less than 12 players in Division 3, only the best 4 players play play-off.

 

 

Playing system - Teams (all categories)

 

Playing system for Teams competition keeping sports principle.

 

If number of teams is up to 6:

1) simple round-robin tournament;

2) play-off for top 4 teams and placement games.

 

If number of teams is 7 to 12:

1) teams are seeded in to 2 groups of equal strength and groups round-robin tournament is played;

2) top 4 teams of every group play in basic play-off, but other teams play placement play-off.

 

If number of teams is 13 to 16:

1) teams are seeded in to 4 groups of equal strength and groups round-robin tournament is played;

2) top 2 teams of group A play against top 2 teams of group C (form Division 1A; mutual games are counted);

top 2 teams of group B play against top 2 teams of group D (form Division 1B; mutual games are counted);

other 2 teams of group A play against other 2 teams of group C (form Division 2A; mutual games are counted);

other 2 teams of group B play against other 2 teams of group D (form Division 2B; mutual games are counted);

3) play-off in Division 1 is played for 1st-8th place, play-off in Division 2 is played for places 9th-16th.

 

If number of teams is 17 to 20:

Same as before, but 5th places of groups are playing placement round (Division 3) for places 17th-20th.

 

 

 

Playing system – Open

 

Playing system for Open category basically differs only on the number of groups in the first round.

 

If number of players is up to 100:

1) players are seeded in to 4 groups for round-robin games;

2) the best 8 players of every group form Division 1 where round-robin is played. Mutual results are counted. Other players form lower divisions (see table how many) without counting of mutual results;

3) the best 16 players of Division 1 play in basic play-off; the best 4 players of lower divisions play their play-off.

 

 

If number of players is from 101 to 132:

1) players are seeded in to 6 groups for round-robin games;

2) the best 8 players of  Groups A, C and E form Division 1A, but the best 8 players of  Groups B, D and F form Division 1B where round-robin is played. Mutual results are counted; Other players form lower divisions (see table how many) without counting of mutual results;

3) the best 8 players of Division 1A play in basic play-off against the best 8 players of Division 1B; the best 4 players of lower divisions play their play-off.

 

 

If number of players is from 133 to 184:

1) players are seeded in to 8 groups for round-robin games;

2) the best 6 players of  Groups A, C, E, G form Division 1A, but the best 6 players of  Groups B, D, F, H form Division 1B where round-robin is played. Mutual results are counted; Other players form lower divisions (see table how many) without counting of mutual results;

3) the best 8 players of Division 1A play in basic play-off against the best 8 players of Division 1B; the best 4 players of lower divisions play their play-off.