Originally posted by tjmarti
In a duel tournament, a player will progress with 1 win out of 2. It seems that, given human nature, once a player wins 1 game, the other game will receive less care and attention leading to a large number of 1-1 matches....
So why not specify that in the event of a tie, the lower ranked player will progress? Yes, yes, this may lead to negative play but it is more likely to lead to postive play by the better player...
Sounds as a very good idea!
Think of the situation where I am desperate to win a round, the last round wins the tournament.
So there I am, playing in the last round with a guy with a far lower rating than me. I have to win, but now there is a new rule. If it is a draw the one with the lower rating wins. Yeah! Great!
So I aim for a draw. When I have a 'claim draw' situation I begin to lose every other game I have thus reducing my rating enough to have lower rating than him. Then I claim the draw and get it.
And - voilà I win the tournament.
If you want to win a round desperately enough and have more games going than the opponent to lose, then this rule is a very good rule.
Seriously - The current one is good enough. If the last round goes to a draw, then play another two games to decide.