Originally posted by Gatecrasher
Why would one wish for an extra player to go through to the next round? Knocking another contestant out should be sufficient incentive to play to one's best ability. If all matches were halved in the way you say, there would be little or no progress at all in the tournament. Of course, that's not to say your suggestion does not have merit, just that it shouldn't be necessary
I disagree. There's possibly an incentive to let a player through to the next round who you've already beaten and are confident you can beat again. In particular if you know you're going to get paired against her/him again.
To be honest, I don't have a problem if a player wants to do this for this reason, or for clan reasons or any other reason they might perceive.
Equally, a player might have taken on too many games and be keen to get the number of games reduced. If she/he has already qualified from a particular section, and then agrees draws or resigns in the remaining games even if winning, then I think that's fair enough as well.