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Posted By: Henrik Bukkjaer
Date: Friday, 7 February 2014, at 12:40 a.m.

In Response To: More thoughts about brackets (neilkaz)

>> For those wondering what this is all about and why just not use a 128 bracket, the goal is to reduce byes as much as possible and have as few players as possible getting a bye or playing an extra round.

...and that is the right objective because?

What is the solution for a 48 player field then? Playing down to 3 and taking a draw for the seats in the final?

And the proposal you have for 72 players - if I understand correctly - is to play a standard cup down to 9 (72 -> 36 -> 18 -> 9), then have 2 players battling it out for a spot in the final 8, and play that as a regular 8 player cup?

I suppose you count that as a 72 player bracket "solved" to be played using only one extra match?

Or, you could count it as 7 of the final 9 getting a bye? Thus 7 byes.

If you draw the same 72 player diagram that you arrived at, from the final and out, but just off-set part of your diagram, so you move the lower 7 matches in the "round of 18" into the bye slots in your "round of 9", you'll end up with... a std. 128 player cup tree sporting 16 players playing 8 matches in the first round and 56 players getting a bye, byes distributed perfectly skewed?

So you are indeed using a std. 128 bracket, you just skew the byes and compensate the second-best of the players not getting one. Right?

Cheers, Henrik

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