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Dania Games Schedule Change

I am one of the few who likes the current arrangement.

When you have players playing more than one game of singles per perf, they are more likely to get into a singles groove. Some of the players who kicked up their singles games lately might include Amigorena, Elgezabal, Israel, Minte, even Ubilla. Bailo was already up there, but with Ladutxe out, and 2 or 3 games per perf, he has been off the charts.

I like the format of singles phase - doubles phase - singles phase - over. I like the novelty of having the late game backs close out the performance. (Hello Amigorena. Wow)

However, looking at trends with Miami, Magic City, and Dania, it is clear that the traditional assumption that 'game X' will always be the same type (singles / doubles, early / late game players, 7 / 9 points } is not gonna work well.

An example of the old style might be that in the archives of past games, game 10 at Dania would almost always be top fronts singles. If you looked for 'type = singles' and 'game = 10 or 11', that's all you need to find all the championship level of singles games.

Another example would be that Magic City conveniently made games 1 thru 4 always early class, and 5 thru 8 late class. Rock solid classification simply by game number, right? Yes, until they added a doubles game which was game 4 or 5, depending. And 7 or 8 posts, depending.

So now we see there is a lot more shape-shifting going on. Not complaining, but it requires a little extra work to get correct apples-to-apples analysis.

Accordingly, and a couple decades late, I added a new feature to my software that automatically classifies the games and assigns a game code to each one. Early backs singles games are 'GC = 1', for example. So if Dania tacked 2 extra games of that type to the end of the perf, and maybe only twice per week, it wouldn't matter much - they would still be found to be GC = 1.

By way of contrast, when you looked at the individual games stats for any particular game at Miami last season, they might have been derived from a crazy grab bag of 4 post games, 6 post games, 8 post games, singles, doubles, early class players, late class, etc. Good luck with that.

Of course, formal game classification is a pretty basic idea, but before recent times it wasn't truly needed. It was reliably tied in to the game number.

Anyhow, now that I got this game classification technique perfected, naturally it's time to revert back to normal. LOL. It's always this way - a step too slow.

But at least I am somewhat future-proof for these kind of schedule moves. Assuming there is a future, that is.

(Calder updates?)


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