In the dynamic world of competitive tournaments, ensuring fair play and equitable frameworks are crucial. One area that has sparked recent discussion is handling three-way ties, prompting us to reevaluate our methods.
Our previous contingent bye method of handling three-way ties raised valid concerns about the potential for collusion. While the monetary gain for colluding players seemed minimal, the perception of impropriety and closing a potential gap became a good reason to make a proactive change.
To tackle this issue, the Ratings and Statistics Committee engaged in extensive and thoughtful discussions, seeking the expertise of mathematics professor Art Benjamin.
For Elimination formats:
- The two anti-bye players each receive 1/10 of the total pot allocated for places 1, 2, and 3.
- The remaining 8/10 of the pot is awarded to places 1, 2, and 3 in 3:2:1 ratios.
For Swiss and other non-elimination formats:
- The two anti-bye players each receive 1/12 of the total pot allocated for places 1, 2, and 3.
- The remaining 10/12 of the pot is awarded to places 1, 2, and 3 in 32:20:13 ratios.
This new method provides each player with exactly 1/3 equity prior to play while the much smaller bye compensation minimizes the volatility problem that more traditional equitable systems have. Also, it’s easy for players and directors to understand and difficult to mess up. For reference, the new method is detailed on our ABT Policy page.
While minor, this change demonstrates our commitment to fair play and continuous improvement. By fortifying our approach, we maintain the integrity of our events. As we embrace these changes, we invite feedback and discussion, acknowledging the importance of collaboration in shaping the future of competitive gaming.