Originally posted by gorookyourself
So two people have 3 1/2
and 4 people have 3
and me and one other guy has 2 1/2
There are two rounds left. Do the 3 1/2's play each other and the 3's play each other and I play the guy with 2 1/2 like me?
And if I win my last two games will I come in 4th place?
(Everyone else has fewer points, some 20 + people)
I'll preface my reply with the fact that I'm not a tournament pairings expert. I've never really cared to learn these details, as I'm not a TD, and tournament software handles most of the work anyway.
I'm assuming you're playing in the U.S. The USCF rule book gives the details, and it's a rather lengthy discussion.
"There are two rounds left. Do the 3 1/2's play each other and the 3's play each other and I play the guy with 2 1/2 like me? "
That's generally true, but there are other factors that can influence the pairings. You can't play anyone twice (unless the number of rounds is greater than or equal to the number of players), and you're not supposed to have the same color three times in a row. (There may be other factors/exceptions, like I said, I'm not an expert.)
And remember, the pairings get recalculated after each round is played.
"And if I win my last two games will I come in 4th place? "
I'm not sure that's predictable, as numerous things can happen in the last two rounds.