10 Mar Quad Tournament in Chess – What is It and How to Play
What is a quad tournament in chess?
A Quad Tournament in chess is a type of tournament format where four players compete in a round-robin style tournament. In a quad tournament, four players are paired up to play against each other in three rounds. Each player plays three games, one against the other in their quad.
After all the players have entered, they’re ordered from higher to lower ratings to ensure a balanced competition. The round-robin format ensures that each player gets to play against every other player, which can provide a more balanced competition and more games for each player.
Simply, a Quad is a four-player Round-Robin tournament. If there are twelve players in a tournament to play in a Quad format, the 12 players are put in order of their ratings.
- Then, the top 4 players (1-4) play a round-robin against each other,
- the next four (5-8) play a round-robin against each other,
- and the bottom four (9-12) play a round-robin against each other.
Each round-robin requires three rounds of play.
Scoring in quad tournament
The scoring system for a quad tournament is usually based on the number of points won. A win is worth one point, a draw is worth a half point, and a loss is worth zero points. At the end of the tournament, the player with the most points in their quad is declared the winner.
In the case of a tie between two or more players at the end of the tournament, tiebreakers are used to determine the final standings. The Tournament Director decides on the tie-breaker system to be followed.
The most common tiebreaker is the Buchholz system, which adds up the scores of all the opponents each player faced during the tournament. TD might decide to do a manual tie-breaker too. The winner of a Quad Tournament is determined by the player with the most points at the end of the tournament. Points are awarded for wins and draw, as explained earlier.
Advantages of quad
- Players of the same strength and experience are able to compete against each other.
- In addition, the less experienced players are able to win the same “First Place” prizes as their more experienced, stronger counterparts.
- Round Robin format ensures players in the quad-play each other.
A quad tournament can last several hours, depending on the time control and the skill level of the players. For example, if the time control is 30 minutes per player per game. This means that the entire tournament can last up to 3 hours.