How to Organize a Tournament
A tournament, according to Wikipedia, is “an athletic competition between two or more teams, in which the results are known beforehand and a championship prize is given to the winner.” In other words, a tournament can be viewed as a competitive sporting event in which teams compete against each other. More specifically, the word can also be used in both of two overlapping senses: as a date (a competition between two parties) and as an event (a competition between competitors). Most often than not, tournament means “a competition between two or more persons.”
Tournaments have been a feature of many sports, especially basketball, golf, tennis, squash and ice hockey. Tournaments can be single elimination (winner receives no further competition) or double elimination (winner receives two losses and/or first-round bye; second-round bye is given only if second round wins). For most sports, a tournament usually involves teams with at least two members; some have three members or more. One or more matches are played in each round.
Tournament of the three of hearts, for example, is a tournament where the first three rounds will be played blindfolded. The player with the closest shave after the blinds are opened wins. Competitors play one another until a player becomes bound by “lack of knowledge” and loses the match. So a good understanding of how to play well is important for middle ages tournament of any kind. As in most things, good sportsmanship is also required.
Tournaments in chess, for example, usually involve teams from different nations. The aim of these tournaments is to find the best player in the world, so that he can be declared the chess champion. Tournaments like this are organized by clubs affiliated with chess clubs, but they may also be organized by governments. The Chess Masters Association, which is the governing body for chess competition, publishes the schedules of such events. Other organizations involved in organizing these tournaments include the United States Chessverein and the World Chess Tour.
In most tournaments, teams play in separate rooms, without knowing the name of their opponents. The point system is similar to that used in normal tournaments: the winner receives the maximum number of points, the next player receives less than the previous ones, and so on. Sometimes, the tournament organizers add an extra stage to a tournament, like a playoff, at the end of the tournament. The playoff stages are also a place for fans to participate in a tournament.
Of course, it depends on the rules of the tournament whether the games are played in an ordinary court or a corner court. However, most players try to avoid playing in rooms with wooden tables, since wooden pieces are known to be strong and hard. One way of avoiding playing in rooms with wooden tables is by placing a heavy piece, like a king or a queen, on the back of the big piece that is standing on the small platform that contains the real table. This small platform can be compared to a set of cards, where the big piece serves as the “burn” card, while the small one serves as the “save” card. By doing this, you will know which card you should save before you should discard it, making your life easier during the crucial game moment.