Forum Archive : Tournaments

Tournament formats

From:   MikeMadMonk
Date:   29 May 2003
Subject:   Tournament formats

Could somebody please tell me or point me in the direction of articles
that explain exactly and fully how the following formats work and
should be run:

A Repechage format

A Double Knockout format

A Progressive Consolation format


Michael Crane  writes:

This takes me back to my fencing days when I took fullest advantage of
this format :-)

Repechage (REP-eh-shazh) - A tournament format that allows fencers who
lose a direct elimination bout to contine through a table of other
losers in order to get back into the winner's bracket. (From the
French for "This is your last chance, don't blow it!")

This site goes into more detail:


Nardy Pillards  writes:

Double Elimination:

You are not out of the tournament, until you lost twice. As long as
you win, you stay in the upper bracket (just a single elimination
bracket that is). If you keep on winning, you will finish to play the
final of the tournament.

After your first lost, you go 'down' to the lower bracket (where all
first losers meet). The round you lost your match in upper bracket
will decide in what round you 'drop' into the lower bracket. To keep
it easy: the more matches you win in upper bracket, the more advanced
you drop into the lower bracket when you lose your first match there.
(When you lose a second match, you are out of the tournament.)

The final of the Double Elimination is played between the winner of
the upper bracket (until now, this person did not lose yet) and the
winner of the lower bracket (lost one match, but won the others).
When the winner of the upper bracket wins that final match, he/she is
the winner of the tournament. _But_ when the winner of the upper
bracket loses that final match, there is a rematch to decide who
finally will win the tournament (remember: you are not out of the
tournament, until you lose twice).

(Progressive) consolation:

The concept is a bit like DE (Double Elimination). But the brackets
(upper or 'main' and lower or 'consolation') are _seperated_.
As long as you win, you stay in the main bracket. After your first
loss, you drop to the consolation bracket (and can't win the main
event anymore). After your second loss, you are out of the tournament
(unless.... third chance bracket).

The brackets are seperated. Once you drop to consolation, you can not
go back to the main bracket anymore (that is reserved for the overall
winner). But you can win the consolation.


Adam Stocks  writes:

The term 'progressive' refers to the fact that the point at which you
drop out of the Main event determines the point at which you enter the
Consolation event, as you described in the DE case.  Likewise, in a
Non-Progressive Consolation event, all Main event losers (except the
players who won prize money, usually) enter the Consolation in it's
first round.


Vivek Mittal  writes:

For a double knockout format, have a look at the document at
Halfway down the page, it explains double elimination and gives
examples of brackets for upto 16 players.

The page at has
downloadable DE brackets for upto 32 players.

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