The Memory League Online Swiss!

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#1 2 May, 2017 - 09:54
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The Memory League Online Swiss!


Hi everyone - a new unofficial online tournament will be kicking off soon, and it's not too late to join in! Cross-posting from Facebook:

THE MEMORY LEAGUE ONLINE SWISS

We're nearly at the end of the third Memory League Online Knockout - good luck to the four semi-finalists! - and if you're itching for some more head-to-head action, a new tournament will start right after the MLOK is finished (at the same time as the next two Purge tournaments, run by Clay).

This competition will be the same kind of thing as the MLOKs - head-to-head, playing each of the five ML disciplines once - but instead of being knocked out if you lose, everybody will play in every round, paired against someone with the same (or as close to the same as possible) score so far.

I know it's sometimes difficult to arrange matches against opponents in different continents and time zones, and we do all sadly have other things to do with our lives as well as playing memory games, but I'm hopeful that we can do eight rounds in the time it takes to run through two Purges - roughly a month in total. Mark your calendars for lots of memory in May!

Sign up here if you want to take part (say "I'm in!" and tell us your Memory League username too, please) or reply to this post with any questions you might have.

Basic rules:

Seeding will be based on current ML overall ratings (for the first round, competitors will be listed in rating order, and the top half of the list will play against the bottom half)

Please play all five disciplines in each round - the total number of disciplines won will be a tie-breaker for competitors who've won the same number of matches!

Play rated games if you're the same level on ML

The order of disciplines for each round will be randomly generated

Have fun! Don't worry if you start out paired against someone much better (or worse) than you - within a couple of rounds you'll be up against someone at your kind of level!

Edit: Draws are possible - matches can finish 2½-2½!

For opponents on different ML levels, the same rule applies as in the MLOK - percentage correct doesn't count, it's the highest score wins, and if scores are equal it's the fastest time.

We have 32 competitors signed up already, and this includes the entire top ten from the current leaderboard!

And there's more! This tournament will be used as a qualifier for an ongoing league, where memory leaguers are divided into divisions and everyone plays everyone else over the course of a 'season'. It'll be awesome!

2 May, 2017 - 13:37
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I'm in! Thanks for organising, Ben!

I've added a note about this tournament to the ML Home page. As far as I can tell, the MLOK #3 is currently in the semi-final round, so I guess this one will start in a few days.

2 May, 2017 - 16:41
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I'm in!
ML Username: Sanchit Sharma

2 May, 2017 - 22:22
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Thanks, guys - here's our competitor list so far, with current Memory League ratings:

Alex Mullen 10377
Marcin Maskow Kowalczyk 9841
Katie Kermode 9556
Johannes Mallow 9171
Boris Konrad 9131
Jan-Hendrik Büscher 8854
nELSON (Nelson Dellis) 8841
Marlo Knight 8810
Simon Reinhard 8809
Melanie Höllein 8518
Clay Knight 8137
Egor Dubrovin 8133
Ben Pridmore 7906
Shijir-Erdene Bat-Enkh 7702
Sylvain Estadieu 6981
Konstantin Skudler 6956
Kaka (Zeshaan Khokhar) 6930
Jan Zoń 6928
Tobiasz Boral 6257
Tracy Miller 5998
Andrej Savickij 5719
Daniel Evans 5523
John Graham 5422
Simon Orton 5318
BurningDesire (Niklas Hendrik) 5147
Vagabond (Omkar Kibe) 5144
Francis Blondin 4943
Jonathan Wright 4767
Javier Moreno 4400
Frank Grube 4312
Luis Angel 4312
Sanchit Sharma 4062
jkfisherman16 (Jake Klassen) 3897
Marius Ihlar 3317

The tournament will start when the currently-running knockout event has finished - the second semi-final is being played today, so I hope we'll be kicking off with the Swiss this weekend!

3 May, 2017 - 17:27
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Zoomy, can I play just the first round and then bail out? I like the knock out style.

Ranked #31 in this above list of 34 contestants is an expert memory trainer. I guess beginners will have a hard time finding someone at their own level. LOL.

You may as well deny them entry, for their own sake.

3 May, 2017 - 23:58
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No, you can't only play one round - the whole point of this thing is everybody plays every round! I'm sure there'll be a knockout again before long.

There are plenty of low-ranked people signed up - beginners will be playing each other by round four at the latest, and their opponents will get progressively easier (unless they cause an upset and win!) over the previous rounds...

4 May, 2017 - 03:18
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Zoomy I like the idea of participating as a beginner. You got to start somewhere. I am skipping this tournament (still want to practice some more and my system is not ready yet). But I want to participate in the future. I agree with you that there should be tournaments for beginners. And losing is not so bad ;-), we clumsy beginners really can handle that pain.

I like the idea of the new league you want to begin. Thanks and keep up the good work.

6 May, 2017 - 00:36
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We're starting today, although the finals of the MLOK haven't yet been played (Alex and Shijir will prioritise that, naturally, but other people can start with this now!)

Round One begins! We have 38 competitors, listed here in order of their current Memory League overall ratings:

Alex Mullen 10395
Simon Reinhard 9944
Marcin Maskow Kowalczyk 9841
Katie Kermode 9216
Johannes Mallow 9207
Boris Konrad 9054
Jan-Hendrik Büscher 8854
nELSON (Nelson Dellis) 8841
Marlo Knight 8810
Melanie Höllein 8504
Egor Dubrovin 8133
Clay Knight 8034
Ben Pridmore 7863
Shijir-Erdene Bat-Enkh 7702
Kevin Schulz 7340
Sylvain Estadieu 7078
Kaka (Zeshaan Khokhar) 7014
Jan Zoń 6890
Konstantin Skudler 6621
Tobiasz Boral 6270
John Graham 6183
Tracy Miller 6012
Bartłomiej Boral 5971
Andrej Savickij 5706
Daniel Evans 5523
BurningDesire (Niklas Hendrik) 5355
Simon Orton 5288
Vagabond (Omkar Kibe) 5144
Francis Blondin 4943
FlorianD (Florian Dellé) 4869
Jonathan Wright 4767
Sebastien (Sebastien Martinez) 4530
Sanchit Sharma 4408
Javier Moreno 4400
Frank Grube 4312
Luis Angel 4312
jkfisherman16 (Jake Klassen) 3897
Marius Ihlar 3340

A reminder of the rules:
Please play all five disciplines in each round - the total number of disciplines won will be a tie-breaker for competitors who've won the same number of matches!

Play rated games if you're the same level on ML

The order of disciplines for each round will be randomly generated

Draws are possible - matches can finish 2½-2½!

For opponents on different ML levels, the same rule applies as in the MLOK - percentage correct doesn't count, it's the highest score wins, and if scores are equal it's the fastest time.

Pairings will be made by standard Swiss tournament rules - like the ones here: http://www.utuswiss.co.uk/Resources/Swiss%20Pairing%20Booklet.pdf (but we can ignore all the rules about whether a player has the black or white pieces :) )

And here are our pairings. Top against bottom of the rating list to start us off - who can produce a big upset against a top-half player?

Alex Mullen vs Tobiasz Boral
Simon Reinhard vs John Graham
Marcin Maskow Kowalczyk vs Tracy Miller
Katie Kermode vs Bartłomiej Boral
Johannes Mallow vs Andrej Savickij
Boris Konrad vs Daniel Evans
Jan-Hendrik Büscher vs BurningDesire
nELSON vs Simon Orton
Marlo Knight vs Vagabond
Melanie Höllein vs Francis Blondin
Egor Dubrovin vs FlorianD
Clay Knight vs Jonathan Wright
Ben Pridmore vs Sebastien
Shijir-Erdene Bat-Enkh vs Sanchit Sharma
Kevin Schulz vs Javier Moreno
Sylvain Estadieu vs Frank Grube
Kaka vs Luis Angel
Jan Zoń vs jkfisherman16
Konstantin Skudler vs Marius Ihlar

The order of disciplines for round 1 is:
CARDS
NAMES
IMAGES
WORDS
NUMBERS

I was (probably optimistically) hoping we can get through two rounds a week here, but I understand if it takes longer to arrange things. No rush, but try to play as quickly as you can! :)

Please get in touch with your opponent and arrange a time to play - post here or on Facebook to tell us your results. Good luck, everybody!

9 May, 2017 - 09:38
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With 12 matches finished, and one half-done, we haven't yet had any shock results, but the possibility is always there - Jonathan Wright gave Clay Knight a scare, winning the first two games in their match! Will there be any more unexpected results in the remaining clashes? Or will we have to wait until round 2, when all the head-to-heads will be a lot closer in terms of ranking...?

Simon Reinhard 4-1 John Graham
Marcin Maskow Kowalczyk 5-0 Tracy Miller
Katie Kermode 5-0 Bartłomiej Boral
Johannes Mallow 5-0 Andrej Savickij
Jan-Hendrik Büscher 5-0 BurningDesire
nELSON 4-1 Simon Orton
Marlo Knight 5-0 Vagabond
Melanie Höllein 5-0 Francis Blondin
Clay Knight 3-2 Jonathan Wright
Ben Pridmore 5-0 Sebastien
Sylvain Estadieu 5-0 Frank Grube
Konstantin Skudler 4-1 Marius Ihlar

10 May, 2017 - 11:12
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Hey, what time zone do you live? And what times are you available?

10 May, 2017 - 11:26
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Sanchit has said he wants to drop out, so does anybody else want to join in and play against Shijir? If not, he'll get a bye in round one, and we'll move straight on to round two!

Okay, that was quick! Johnny Briones has taken the remaining spot and goes up against Shijir-Erdene in round one! Good luck, both of you!

All other games are now completed except Alex v Tobiasz, which is happening right now! Run over to Memory League to watch the drama!

Simon Reinhard 4-1 John Graham
Marcin Maskow Kowalczyk 5-0 Tracy Miller
Katie Kermode 5-0 Bartłomiej Boral
Johannes Mallow 5-0 Andrej Savickij
Boris Konrad 5-0 Daniel Evans
Jan-Hendrik Büscher 5-0 BurningDesire
nELSON 4-1 Simon Orton
Marlo Knight 5-0 Vagabond
Melanie Höllein 5-0 Francis Blondin
Egor Dubrovin 3-2 Preeda Hong
Clay Knight 3-2 Jonathan Wright
Ben Pridmore 5-0 Sebastien
Kevin Schulz 5-0 Javier Moreno
Sylvain Estadieu 5-0 Frank Grube
Kaka 3-2 Luis Angel
Jan Zoń 4-1 jkfisherman16
Konstantin Skudler 4-1 Marius Ihlar

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