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Post #21 Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:12 am 
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you also need to know that about half of the new players in the league cant manage to even hold the minimum number of games to stay in the league, so i need a bit bigger classes to even out those players so the active players can get some games in.


Do you? Even if one of the smaller leagues (14 players) had half its players not play a single game, the other half can still get 18 games in against each other. Considering only 7 out of 151 players have reached this point (ok, it's only 12 days in), and usagi said one of the original goals was the hope that everyone would play all their games if possible, I don't see any issues arising with leagues of a maximum of say, 12 to 16 players. I think I'd rather have more tiers than more players in each division - I've never had a problem getting games.


well i had a problem with making this months league, i couldnt let delta layer exist because 4 delta classes would total about 6 players each and thats way too little. the other problem is i had about 30 new entrants since the new month began, had i known this i wouldve let delta layer exist and it would now more or less be filled. maybe it was a mistake, maybe it wasnt, too late to change it anyway.

next month will have delta layer again and gamma will go back to 14 players per class:)

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Post #22 Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:40 am 
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well i had a problem with making this months league, i couldnt let delta layer exist because 4 delta classes would total about 6 players each and thats way too little.


There are alternatives. At the time I joined, there were 140 players, across 15 divisions, that's 9 in each (just over), which I think is just about ok. I would choose between 8 and 16 I think, but that's personal preference :)

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Post #24 Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:03 pm 
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well even with 14 players getting 3 games each i still get a lot of complaints that players cant find an opponent.

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Post #25 Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:37 pm 
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I just signed up and was assigned to Gamma IV. Anyone else joining for the next month?

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Post #26 Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:16 pm 
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august league is closed for new players, you can sign up for september now and join the other 170 players this league now has:)

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well even with 14 players getting 3 games each i still get a lot of complaints that players cant find an opponent.


I can't find an opponent in Gamma III. :p

Due to the level to which participation affects your score in the current system, I have a strong feeling you should make Alpha 12 players, Beta 14. Gamma 16 and Delta 21. Something like that. Look at Gamma III. Michael77 has 23 straight losses and is in position 9 of 32. I realize to a certain extent that this is actually desirable; I think what I am trying to say is, to reflect that desirability in other ways as well. If people are complaining about not being able to find a game it should be mathematically possible to determine dropout rates and calculate room sizes properly.

I haven't seen how this system responds over time but it seems like active players would have filtered up to alpha by now. Look at players such as myself and chemboy-- how is Alpha not filled with people like us two by now? Maybe people give up at the top. I don't know. Part of the reason i'm here now is to see what happens when you reach the top. Right now I find it difficult not to think participation is being rewarded in the wrong ways. But I'm willing to try it.

I'll be very happy once I'm in Beta with the recently promoted highly active players.

I'm getting a little sick of people who log out when I ask them for a game. There's three people like that right now. Such people don't have what it takes and if they're going to come to a place like the ASR league, at least what I feel it is now, I feel they need to be told that. People joining this league and not playing games makes me sick. Why did they join the league? To not play?

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august league is closed for new players, you can sign up for september now and join the other 170 players this league now has:)


Request.

Could you please modify the website so that it more accurately reflects who will promote and demote?

What I mean is, say alpha currently has someone with 0/2. They're marked red. But they'd normally be dropped next month, so, can one of the beta rooms have an extra green spot?

Also take Gamma III for example (the room i'm in). Room sizes are 14. So why isn't everyone under position 14 marked red? You see what I mean?

Right now it looks like position 3 and 4 in every Gamma room will be promoted to Beta due to inactive players in Alpha and Beta...

Hmm I just took a look at beta II. A guy with 21 straight losses is ranked ahead of a guy with 9 straight wins.

Maybe it is time to cut the activity reward in half.

it's 2 to 1, but you have 172 players in the league..... thats a lot of people... surely .. out of those, there are enough players to fill the top 2 or 3 rooms with STRONG players where "activity" is assumed. So cut the activity reward. I don't know, I know I just joined but like this, how will it be competitive at the top?

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august league is closed for new players, you can sign up for september now and join the other 170 players this league now has:)


Request.

Could you please modify the website so that it more accurately reflects who will promote and demote?

What I mean is, say alpha currently has someone with 0/2. They're marked red. But they'd normally be dropped next month, so, can one of the beta rooms have an extra green spot?

Also take Gamma III for example (the room i'm in). Room sizes are 14. So why isn't everyone under position 14 marked red? You see what I mean?

Right now it looks like position 3 and 4 in every Gamma room will be promoted to Beta due to inactive players in Alpha and Beta...

Hmm I just took a look at beta II. A guy with 21 straight losses is ranked ahead of a guy with 9 straight wins.

Maybe it is time to cut the activity reward in half.

it's 2 to 1, but you have 172 players in the league..... thats a lot of people... surely .. out of those, there are enough players to fill the top 2 or 3 rooms with STRONG players where "activity" is assumed. So cut the activity reward. I don't know, I know I just joined but like this, how will it be competitive at the top?



at the moment the promotions/demotions are part of a script that makes no difference but just calculates who is highest and lowest. also ppl with 0 points are always marked red. if ppl have the same score they will count for the same spot. these are small bugs that are (according to the programmer) a bit hard to fix easily. (note: i do not have access to the database or scripts used for the league because he doesnt want others to use the scripts) also the programmer is working on his thesis for the coming year and has no time to make considerable changes to the league.

i know that gamma classes are way too big, that will be fixed next month and i will not make the same mistake again.

Also i would like to point out a misconception. STRONG players are NOT by definition "active" players. this was proven with the old system of the league where new players were added BY RANK in a class. the most active classes were the kyu classes.

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on a more positive note!

October/November/December will have EXTRAORDINARY PRIZES!!!!

Read about it on the site http://www.stalkor.nl/ASR/

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Post #31 Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:10 am 
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i got this email a few days ago from a league player

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Hello! Vortex gave me your e-mail address.

I've been thinking a long time about the league and I think I may have identified a serious psychological problem. I actually like the current system somewhat but I've noticed some people are becoming discouraged.

What I think is, the league structure right now, may actually discourage participation. The reason why is that the league is getting choked up with strong players at the bottom. Allow me to explain by example. Let's say ten strong players joined the league -- doesn't matter all at once or even just two a month. say, 4-dans and 5-dans like raptor, cyc, even myself if I may be so bold and give myself an extra stone or two. Given the current structure of the league, assuming that each of these ten players were promoted each month (at the rate of two per month) it would take seven months for them to all reach Alpha. That's because as two per room in delta and gamma are promoted, that becomes two per beta (but four joined beta). That means after a while, the system becomes bottom-heavy; there are too many active and strong players below who simply cannot get promoted - perhaps, ever. The theory here is that due to the popularity of the ASR, it is attracting increasingly stronger players. So this post is really about catering to the stronger players in the league, making it more popular as a whole, and so on. As for me personally I think it's clear I am benefiting from the system as it stands as I'm not the strongest player in Gamma III (cyc, mafuchin and raptor are all stronger). So I hope my comments are not seen as self-serving.

The problem is actually a little worse than I described. Because not only does it take a minimum of 7 months for the league to right itself, during that time no one can promote other than those people. In the third month for example, Gamma and Beta would each have four strong players, meaning the normal players wouldn't stand a chance at promotion for months until they all passed through. I believe this is causing extreme discouragement and is why some people aren't caring about their matches.

I think there are a few approaches to this problem. I'll try and avoid the ones we have previously discussed, just because I just wanna bounce my new thoughts off you.

ONE. Introduce a rank requirement to join the league. If players are weaker than (for example) 5k, perhaps they shouldn't be allowed to join the league. REASONING: This will make the league smaller. As a result the two-person promotion rule will not choke up the league to the extent it does with 170+ people in it. I know the league wants to encourage participation but clearly the system as it stands is choking up at the bottom end.

TWO. Consider temporarily seeding any new mid dan on the waiting list directly into alpha or beta. Theory being if the league was top heavy it would be a much better place for learning. As it is now most people in a room simply have zero chance of promoting because the rooms are too uneven.

THREE. Increase the number of games required to stay in the league from four to eight and do NOT allow exceptions!!! If someone can't even play 2 games a week they are not going to improve, seriously. Four games is extremely low considering no one in the top 4 positions in any room played less than 16 games this month. If you are going to reward activity like that it just doesn't make sense to keep people who can't play 8 games in a month. If the reasoning here is mainly to make the league smaller, then increasing the number from 4 to 5 is also good.

FOUR. Cap the participation reward. Some rule such as "you must have a 50% win rate to be considered for promotion". This can be worded in a number of ways; A way I think is very good is to state that you cannot have more points from lost games than from half your wins. Meaning, if someone has ten losses against different people and three wins (in a 14 person room) their total points are 6 for the wins, and 6 (not 10) from the losses.

In closing I hope you consider the "solutions" I proposed. I think that they would really tighten up the league and as a result of that it would actually attract many more stronger players by offering them a slightly more "quality" oriented environment (versus quantity).



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let me go over every solution one by one and let me rant about what i think is right or wrong about it.


ONE. Introduce a rank requirement to join the league. If players are weaker than (for example) 5k, perhaps they shouldn't be allowed to join the league. REASONING: This will make the league smaller. As a result the two-person promotion rule will not choke up the league to the extent it does with 170+ people in it. I know the league wants to encourage participation but clearly the system as it stands is choking up at the bottom end.



Introducing rank requirement is one of the things i dont want in the league, i think everyone is allowed to play in this league no matter what their strength is. most weak players know in advance they have strong players in their class, the downside is that the players of similar rank are not as active as the stronger ones and thus they tend to play only stronger players. I know of this flaw and ive been thinking about promoting/demoting 3/6 ppl per class but that makes the demotion range way too big i think so thats a problem. furthermore, i know gamma class chokes every strong player now. delta layer is supposed to have 8 classes (so that the 2 promote 4 demote in gamma is correct) and since i ALWAYS seed strong players (this month was bizarre with sign ups) it shouldnt be a problem.


TWO. Consider temporarily seeding any new mid dan on the waiting list directly into alpha or beta. Theory being if the league was top heavy it would be a much better place for learning. As it is now most people in a room simply have zero chance of promoting because the rooms are too uneven.


This is the thing i REALLY want to avoid. in the old system (which was classes beneath eachtother with unlimited room) i thought it was REALLY unfair that a new player got high in the league immediately solely relying on the rank. Also with the upcoming huge prizes, is it really fair to have a new player seed into alpha while another player has struggled really hard to get there? i think the system should be equal to everyone to avoid being in a role where i put ppl in front of others because i think that it is right.


THREE. Increase the number of games required to stay in the league from four to eight and do NOT allow exceptions!!! If someone can't even play 2 games a week they are not going to improve, seriously. Four games is extremely low considering no one in the top 4 positions in any room played less than 16 games this month. If you are going to reward activity like that it just doesn't make sense to keep people who can't play 8 games in a month. If the reasoning here is mainly to make the league smaller, then increasing the number from 4 to 5 is also good.



i want to keep the league active but also make it "social". The point is that quality is also (in my view) a small review of what went wrong or right in the game, although some might play less then "active" players, they might still enjoy a good review or talk about the game afterwards. I think you are right about 4 being not enough, im being lenient as it is just accepting 4 games, not as the rules say "at least 4 different opponents". i will have a talk with the other admins and try to raise the minimum to 5 or 6 games.


FOUR. Cap the participation reward. Some rule such as "you must have a 50% win rate to be considered for promotion". This can be worded in a number of ways; A way I think is very good is to state that you cannot have more points from lost games than from half your wins. Meaning, if someone has ten losses against different people and three wins (in a 14 person room) their total points are 6 for the wins, and 6 (not 10) from the losses.


if a player play 39 games (all ppl in their class three times) and loses them all their point total is 22,75 this is equal to winning 12 games versus different ppl (12 x 2). the point is that an active player SHOULD be rewarded, they are that eager to play. at some point for the weaker players it will be impossible to promote due to the opponents strength. this is still balancing out and i reckon it will take another 2 months to get a good balance, after that a weak player will hit a huge wall at beta and will have a hard time staying in their class. you could argue that the stronger player is "lazy" but i wont:P

i hope to hear more productive thoughts from your side.

on a side note, is it good to post this discussion on the website or on the L19 forum?

greetings,
Bas (stalkor)


i wonder how you guys think about these points, if we have enough data we might be able to change some rules and improve the league:)

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Post #32 Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:45 am 
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I do have to say that it is a little discouraging when you have so many strong players in what is ideally the lowest league.

I don't have an easy answer for you, though. During a period of ramp-up, where 50% of the players have joined in the last two months (not sure about that figure, but it feels close to correct), you are going to naturally have a much-higher-than-average strength level in the entry-level tier.

Perhaps the answer is to have a phase-in league, where players spend a month before being placed in the regular leagues.

So, here's my proposition for structuring the league (note that much should remain the same as it is now):

Leagues:
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Alpha - 14 players
Beta I, II - 14 players each
Gamma I, II, III, IV - 14-16 players each
Delta I-VIII - number of players/leagues based on participation levels
Omega - phase-in league, all new players this month


Prizes (this is speculative, but would promote the idea that getting to higher tiers is a good thing, while ensuring that those doing well without reaching promotion can still reach for something):
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Alpha - teaching games, at least two, ideally 3, for the top 2-3 players; this should be encouragement to reach Alpha, to keep players striving for it.
Beta I, II - two teaching games, one each for the top player of each league, perhaps a group lesson for the 4 players ranked 2 and 3 in each league.
Gamma I-IV - a teaching game for each top player in this tier of leagues
Delta I-VIII - promotion only; Delta leagues dictated by number of players beyond 98
Omega - teaching game for strongest newcomer; only applies if Omega league reaches 8 or more players


League movement:
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All leagues (Exception: Omega with fewer than 8 players) - play fewer than 4 different opponents = removed for next month; must request to get back in
Alpha - bottom 4-6 players (if active) move to Beta tier
Beta - Top 2 move up to Alpha from each league, bottom 4-6 from each league (if active) move to Gamma Tier
Gamma - Top 2 move up to Beta from each league, bottom 0-8 (if active) move to Delta
Delta - See Below
Omega - See below


Omega allows players to get seeded into the leagues, and the seeding would be based on the number of (usually) active new players.

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1-4 new players - no games needed; all placed in Delta (or Gamma, depending on number of active players)
5-7 new players - league play; top 4 placed in Gamma; rest placed in Delta
8-15 new players - league play; inactive players dropped; top 2 placed in Beta; next 4 placed in Gamma; rest placed in Delta; newcomer prize awarded
16-23 new players - league play; inactive players dropped; top 1 placed in Alpha; next 2 placed in Beta; next 8 placed in Gamma; rest placed in Delta; newcomer prize awarded
24+ new players - league play; inactive players dropped; top 2 placed in Alpha; next 4 placed in Beta; next 8 placed in Gamma; rest placed in Delta; newcomer prize awarded


The number of new players also dictates the number of downward moving positions in each league, but the top 8 players in each league can be assured that they will NOT move down. Scoring remains the same. This allows for a few strong players to join without unbalancing the lower leagues. If, however, you have a month where a large number of new participants, the strength of the new participants gets distributed across the main league structure.

This has the added benefit of giving weaker (but active) potential players a chance to enter the league structure in a higher league during times where a large number of new players are joining ... which allows for a better spread overall.

I don't think activity would be a problem in the Alpha/Beta leagues. In Gamma/Delta, however, we need to be conscious of the number of players overall. Alpha + Beta + Gamma Leagues = 98 players

So, in periods of time where there are fewer than 98 players overall, the Gamma leagues might be a little short on players. In this case, new players from Omega may be seeded into Gamma instead of Delta, as the Delta tier would not exist.

If there are more than 98 players overall, we need at least 9 players to make up the first Delta league. If we have fewer than 9 extra players, we can extend Gamma to 16 players in each league, and re-adjust the next month, depending on inactive and new players.

Code:
9-15 extra players - Only Delta I, all players, top 4 promoted to Gamma tier (if all Gamma leagues active; one demotion from each Gamma League)
16-23 extra players - Delta I/II players split evenly, top 4 in each league move up (2 per Gamma)
24-31 extra players - Delta I/II/III, top 4 move up (3 per Gamma)
32-64 extra players - Delta I-IV, top 4 move up (4 per Gamma)
65+ extra players - Delta I-VIII, top 2 move up (4 per Gamma)


If there are more inactives than there are promotions in a given league (including new players), the process to fill those places should be:

1) FIRST promote current active players from lower leagues (cascading down, so filling an extra Alpha spot from Beta opens up a spot in Beta for an extra promotion from the Gamma, and on down to Delta); this should be based on a wildcard strategy across the relevant Tier: the best score of those not currently being promoted is first in line for extra promotions
2) If there are still inactive spots left to fill, they will be in Gamma (and there will be no more Delta players) ... fill with new players from Omega who were not seeded higher

I think this structure covers the concerns that the person emailing you wanted to cover, and I think the mechanics work well to keep the league fun and encourage participation at all levels.

The only thing I can see being a discouragement is when there are less than 5 new players and they are all relatively strong. Those new players don't get the opportunity to be seeded higher. The only way I can see to alleviate this is to offer a choice to Omega League players the option to jump back into the Omega league within a month of being placed in Delta. So, if Month 3 has 3 players in Omega, but the Omega league has 10 players in Month 4, anyone from Month 3 that was placed in Delta (not any other tier) has the option to jump back into the Omega league that month and try to get promoted to Beta instead of Gamma. There are some edge cases I haven't examined yet here, so I'm not sure how sound the idea is. It looks promising, though.

Anyways, please ask questions and comment on any portion. I think that the ASR League is a great idea, but I know there's room to make it better, and I'm willing to help work out the kinks.

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Post #33 Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:58 am 
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TWO. Consider temporarily seeding any new mid dan on the waiting list directly into alpha or beta. Theory being if the league was top heavy it would be a much better place for learning. As it is now most people in a room simply have zero chance of promoting because the rooms are too uneven.


This is the thing i REALLY want to avoid. in the old system (which was classes beneath eachtother with unlimited room) i thought it was REALLY unfair that a new player got high in the league immediately solely relying on the rank. Also with the upcoming huge prizes, is it really fair to have a new player seed into alpha while another player has struggled really hard to get there? i think the system should be equal to everyone to avoid being in a role where i put ppl in front of others because i think that it is right.

Important note: I'm not a member of the ASR league so I may be missing a lot about the structure or the feeling of it.

But it seems to me completely and perfectly reasonable to have new players seeded into the division of the league that is most appropriate for them. It doesn't seem to serve anyone to have them trudge their way up for months destroying kyu players left and right.

I'm in a correspondence chess league in which players can move up and down between divisions based on their performance, and players are seeded into the correct division to start with, and it works great. There is also one "super division" that you can only get into by graduating from the highest seeded division, so no one can start at the very highest division.

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1) I agree, there should be no lower cap. Also, I think 3/6 is better than 2/4 for promotion and relegation, at least to get more players moving for the time being. I would also include those not playing enough games in the relegation zone. That way, if 2 players are removed for inactivity, only a further 4 are relegated. That way 3 each can still be promoted from the lower tier, and the eliminations can ripple through as extra promotions from the tiers below (so those 2 removed would be replaced in the tier below by 2 extra promotions from two tiers below). This way, the promotion system can be nice and dynamic, particularly from the delta leagues replacing (in effect) those removed as inactive players from alpha and beta.

2) I think seeding is fine. I would say 3d+ go straight into beta, and 2k-2d go straight into Gamma, and everyone else into delta. That at least stops having 5d+ players in the bottom tier! The counter argument is whether it is a real benefit to have weaker players have the opportunity to play high dans as they work their way up. I know I'd want to. Don't mind either way.

3) I agree completely with stalkor on this - 4 games is fine. 8 is unnecessary for the time being - not everyone is in the league to win.

4) I wondered about this too. I actually like rewarding losses like this as it encourages more games, but I also think it is silly having people capable of scoring enough points with an 85% loss record to be competitive for promotion. The idea of getting only as many points from losses as total wins is a good one I think. So a 0-1 record is worth 0 points, but a 1-1 record is worth 3. I think this is quite a nice solution.


As an aside: I would also be more clear that the system doesn't work in the top-down hierarchy it looks like on the rules page. Delta 5 -> Gamma 3 -> Beta 2 sounds prescriptive, when actually players are moving sideways and being reshuffled a lot. Simply tiers without lines drawn between them is less confusing to me.

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the system of the league changes every month :evil: . Like somebody wakes up from dreams and says, oh, let's do this... :?:

Be it good or not, can not the organizer make a stable system?

btw, now in Sep, how many ppl will be demoted from Gamma? Will new players be collected into new delta class or they will be inserted into exsited class to make a huge delta class as last month's gamma?

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the system of the league changes every month :evil: . Like somebody wakes up from dreams and says, oh, let's do this... :?:

Be it good or not, can not the organizer make a stable system?


That the organizers are trying to learn from their mistakes should hardly be discouraged. I think it's great that stalkor is interested in what the participants think. I'd rather have a system that's unstable but improving than one that reliably unsatisfactory.

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the system of the league changes every month :evil: . Like somebody wakes up from dreams and says, oh, let's do this... :?:

Be it good or not, can not the organizer make a stable system?


That the organizers are trying to learn from their mistakes should hardly be discouraged. I think it's great that stalkor is interested in what the participants think. I'd rather have a system that's unstable but improving than one that reliably unsatisfactory.



Learning from mistakes is good, better not at cost of players. Then THINK before taking action. Don't make me wrong, I did not say the structure should stay unsatisfactory. Imprvoment should be made but at least with consideration. Jumps from one side to the other and jumps back and forth later?

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Post #38 Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:26 am 
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Actually, I like the current implementation of the ASR, and I'd be a little bit sad to see it change.

I understand the argument that it takes strong players a longer time to advance than they'd like, but I think that speaks to one of the unique aspects of the ASR: You can play stronger players in even games on a regular basis.

I think that it's good that there are strong players in the "lower levels", because having a mix of strengths allows for players to play against stronger people.

In my opinion, the ASR league is not all about dominating the levels to get to Alpha - we have regular tournaments to serve this purpose.

In my opinion, the ASR league is more about encouraging people to play one another and learn from one another. Therefore, I think that is makes a lot of sense to promote those that play the most - regardless of how strong they are.

I don't think that stronger players should be given special treatment.

If dan players have some competitive drive that makes them want to be in the alpha ranks, they can by all means do so - by playing people of weaker ranks. The people of weaker ranks will benefit, and grow as a result. I think that this is the beauty of the ASR. And I'd be sad to see it turn into just another tournament system.

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Post #39 Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:51 am 
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Kirby wrote:
Actually, I like the current implementation of the ASR, and I'd be a little bit sad to see it change.

I understand the argument that it takes strong players a longer time to advance than they'd like, but I think that speaks to one of the unique aspects of the ASR: You can play stronger players in even games on a regular basis.

I think that it's good that there are strong players in the "lower levels", because having a mix of strengths allows for players to play against stronger people.

In my opinion, the ASR league is not all about dominating the levels to get to Alpha - we have regular tournaments to serve this purpose.

In my opinion, the ASR league is more about encouraging people to play one another and learn from one another. Therefore, I think that is makes a lot of sense to promote those that play the most - regardless of how strong they are.

I don't think that stronger players should be given special treatment.

If dan players have some competitive drive that makes them want to be in the alpha ranks, they can by all means do so - by playing people of weaker ranks. The people of weaker ranks will benefit, and grow as a result. I think that this is the beauty of the ASR. And I'd be sad to see it turn into just another tournament system.


I just had a discussion about this in the ASR, and the conclusion is that it is a much more complex situation than simply "encouraging stronger players to play weaker players".

Taka player of middling strength (around 4k or so). Drop them in the lowest league. Watch the games for 3 months.

Now, suppose that player makes an effort to be active, playing 15 games each month. Each month, of those 15 games, 2 are played with players of equal rank, or maybe one or two stones stronger. The rest are all games against players 4 stones weaker or less.

Will this person be promoted? Sure, there are stronger players who MAY be available to play the 4k, but usually they'll be playing the DDK players. Many of those DDK players have more time available to play more games. The stronger players will win their games, and two (or maybe 4) will advance, to be replaced by new players, leaving the balance of power more or less intact.

My guess is that the player will not be promoted, and after 3 months of playing various weaker players, begin to wonder "why am I doing this again?". There are many ways to get a few games against stronger players. If the goal is for weaker players to be able to play LOTS of games against stronger players (with the incentive for stronger players being competition for prizes), we're really not supporting the middle-rank players ... they aren't likely to win prizes, and they don't get more than a handful of games against stronger players, if that.

Anyways, just some thoughts on this one point.

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Post #40 Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:08 am 
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I don't know if I understand this reasoning. Stronger players can get more points per game played, but not significantly more than a loss. So stronger players are not necessarily promoted. It is easiest to get promoted by playing more games than anybody else, it seems to me.

I don't think many people (except maybe Chemboy613) drain out their game playing potential. If a middle ranked player plays a lot of games, they can be promoted, can't they?

I don't see what the problem is. If you aren't satisfied with your current group of opponents, play a lot of games and move up. I don't think that stronger players should get special treatment with this, though. Let anybody have this power. I think the current implementation does this well.

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