Competition Formats

Snake

A snake competition is where teams play a number of rounds against different opponents. The advantage is that it’s a simple format. The disadvantage is that (a) it totally relies on the luck of the draw who you play against, and (b) it’s a ‘calculated’ win (games won, then points difference) as usually there is no final. For that reason, it’s not usually used as the main format for more serious competitions. You can think of it as a sort of Round Robin but with a larger number of teams, i.e. too many for everybody to play everybody.

Here’s a quick example of a 10-team competition run on a snake format:

  1. Assign each team a number. Take a piece of paper and write down the team numbers in two rows. Thus:

1 – 3 – 5 – 7 – 9

2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10

so team 1 plays team 2, 3 v 4, 5 v 6, 7 v 8, and 9 v 10.

  1. For round 2 you slide across one place either the top or bottom row. Thus:

1 – 3 – 5 – 7 – 9

4 – 6 – 8 – 10 – 2

so 1 v 4, 3 v 6, 5 v 8, 7 v 10, and 9 v 2.

  1. For round 3 you move the row again. Thus:

1 – 3 – 5 – 7 – 9

6 – 8 – 10 – 2 – 4

so 1 v 6, 3 v 8, 5 v 10, 7 v 2 and 9 v 4.

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