About Stratego Champions League
According my experience the best way to organize this event is the following plan:
After a 3-4 weeks sign up period we accept 48 players .
If number of sign up is bigger we take the first 16 according their ranking and the rest 32 according sign up time.
Groups will be 8 (4 participants per group)
The first 16 qualify to groups without game.
The rest 16 who are not placed directly will enter through qualifications.
The remaining 32 players will be clasified according their rate from no 1 to no 32.
Pairs will be 1-32, 2-31, 3-30, etc.
Qualifications games will be best of 3.
Qroups period : 6 weeks
Each player gives 6 games ( twice with the other 3)
Three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss.( I say 3 points for win to avoid cases like The Maestro mentioned above (Two people can decide to have a draw and both go to next round while the third person is out)
Players can arrange their games whenever they want but this must be in the first 5 weeks. Last week will be for games which will be arranged from T.C. ( in cases that some players can not arrange their games by themselfs)
Phase 1/8: 16 players ( the 2 best from each group)
Pairing is random between the first and the seconds from the groups.
Phase 1/4: 8 players. These players will be clasified according their rate from no 1 to no 8.
Pairing is 1-8, 2-7,etc
Phase 1/2: 4 players. These players will be clasified according their rate from no 1 to no 4.
Pairing is 1-4, 2-3.
Winners go to the big final. Losers go to a game for third place.
All the games from 1/8 until finals are single knock- out games.
Total event duration 3 months.