Originally posted by thire
I already asked it somewhere else: What are ladder games?!?
It is a king of the hill type of thing, winners move toward the top,
the losers move towards the bottom. The goal of course is to
get on the top board and stay there. In live OTB chess this is
done a lot in some of the coffee shops and other places where
a lot of players showup to play. Under game 5 minute time contols
it is a lot of fun. All the games will start at the same time and most
will all end close to the same time, forced to end at game 5 keeps
the ladder moving along where there isn't to many people waiting.
In this place the structure will have to be done differently since
games are all not going to start at the same time and end close to
the same time. The setup will be different but the goal will be the
same. There will have to be a challenges and strick time controls.
Some on line ladders have as many as a few thousand in one ladder,
your allowed to challenge so many levels above or below you to and
your are also forced to accept challenges too. The limits could be 2
forced accepted games and 2 challenge games to move up or down.
Once the ladder is well established people will more than likely settle
into a part of the ladder where all the players are close to the same
strenght. New players must join at the bottom and work their way up to
whatever level their play will take them. So you will see good players
always moving up and if you get a large influx of strong play, other
players moving down.
Instead of having a lot of people standing in line to play everyone
has at least one to four games going on.