Originally posted by reizen
I notice that group 6 in this tournament have finished weeks before everybody else - and that each player got 9 points and is moving to the next round - how strange?! If one were cynical one might think that these paople made some sort of agreement to have such an outcome so that they would all move forward and the round would remain ratings neutral. Lucky I am not cynical.
Well, nothing they did was illegal, unfortunenately. This kinda behaviour happens in GM tournies all the time, they sign "peace treaties" ie: draws before the game even starts really, because it benefits all the said parties. The problem is, if all players did this, it would be one hella of a mess, which is why I don't like this round format. First of all, it's unfair, all the good players could be rounded up in one round, for example, a 2050 rated players wins narrowly against a 2030 rated player, and bam, that 2030 rated player is gone in round 1, and second of all, I hate this round format for the topic of this thread, it's potential abuse, and last but not least, the 3 point win and 1 point draw system is really open to abuse, I don't like that illogical math at all.
Round-robin format, with the top 4 playing semi-finals and finals matchups is the only way to go IMHO. The tournaments may take longer, but it's fair, perhabs such tournaments would speed up by allowing less players per tournament, but create more tournaments to compensate.