# # HERE ARE THE RULES FOR HOW I'M GOING TO CONDUCT THE FINALS. # There is no need to comment on these rules ... rules is rules! # # STEP 1: I chose three programs from the pack of those # that were submitted. I chose an "old" version # of these programs that the author had since # re-submitted ... thus, the three seed opponents # were legitimate entries at one time, but they # were not actual entries that would compete in # the finals. # # ??????? STEP 2: I made up a gameboard ... and put # ??????? very little thought behind it. # ??????? # ??????? STEP 3: For each program that passed system # ??????? test, I ran a match against each of the three # ??????? seed programs - for a total of six games. # ??????? # # STEP 4: I scored each of the six games as follows: # # You get 1000 points for winning when you play X (first) # You get 1200 points for winning when you play O (second) # You get 500 points for tieing when you play X # You get 600 points for tieing when you play O # For each of the six games, you get the total points you scored # (NOT the difference in scores!) # # STEP 5: I sorted the programs according to the total points # scored in all six games according to the above. # The top scoring program is seeded first, the # next second, and so forth down the line. The # seedings are used ONLY to determine the position # within the elimination tournament ... nothing more! # # ========================== END STAGE ONE ======================= # # I now have N programs in an ordered table ... since N may be even # or odd and will probably be on the order of 100, I proceed as follows: # # STEP 1: If N is odd, the highest seeded entry that has not yet # received a bye will get a bye. This leaves us with # an even number of entries. # # STEP 2: seed 1 plays seed N in a match; seed 2 plays N-1; etc. # Each match consists of 2 games on the same board, # with each player getting a chance to go first. # # STEP 3: If an entry wins or ties, it advances to the next round in # that bracket. A loss will drop it to the loser's # bracket, or will eliminate it if the match took place # in the loser's bracket. # # AND THEN ... after the first set of games, we will have two brackets. # play in each bracket will proceed as above. For each round, # seeding will be determined based on the original values. For # each round, a different starting board will be used. For each # round, entries that win or tie will remain in the bracket. # First time losers will drop to the next lower bracket. A loss # in the losers bracket will eliminate you. I will not award # more than a single bye to any one entry, and I will try to # avoid having two programs play "repeat" matches against each other. # # EVENTUALLY, after some number of rounds, there will be only 2K entries # left in the winners bracket. These will advance to the playoffs. # I will then continue the loser's bracket until there are roughly # K entries remaining. These will also advance to the playoffs. # # ========================== END STAGE TWO ======================= # # I now have 3K entries left ... more or less. I will use my judgement # on the value of K, but there will be no fewer than 4 and no more # than 8 entries remaining at this point. # # EVERYONE WILL PLAY EVERYONE ELSE IN THE FINAL ROUND. A SINGLE BOARD # WILL BE USED FOR ALL THESE GAMES. # # Scoring of these games will follow the rules for the first stage. # (Bonuses for wins and ties + the total points scored over all games.) # # The scores over all games played will be summed and the winner will # be the entry with the highest number of points. I'm willing to bet # anyone a buck that there won't be a tie to resolve after all this! # (But if there is, I'll think of something clever of course)