Originally posted by trumpi
How about having Swiss-style tournaments on RHP, much like is described in this website: http://www.chessctr.org/primer.htm
Swiss-System (SS) tournaments are quite fun for Over-The-Board play. I was a USCF tournament director for several years and am quite familiar with it.
The problem I see with using the SS in correspondence is that a player would have to complete his current game before the next opponent could be calculated. Tournaments would really drag out due to only playing one game (or pair of games) at a time.
Using the all-play-all or Round Robin (RR) system allows for several games to take place without any opponent calculations being necessary between each game. This seems to be ideal for correspondence play to shorten the tournament length.
RHP seems to use the RR system combined with a Knock-Out System, you lose your Quad and your out.
If you were to order by rating, top being the highest rated player in the tournament, and used this for making up the Quads, players 1-4 all play each other in Round 1. Where is the fun in that? Even the SS doesn't do this!
How about if you take the ordered list and select player 1, then player 5, and 9, and then 13 to full the 1st Quad. Player 2 for the second Quad, with 6, 10 and 14. This stair-stepping by 4's plays itself out when you hit players 4,8,12 and 16. So you would pick back up at 17 and continue.
Maybe this is what Russ does? I don't know, but it may make for an interesting tournament!