Dear forumers, We are going to organize a small scale tournament and we are facing some difficulties in regulating the system. We have opted to use the round robin system followed by the elimination. So, we will have 4 pools in the round robin, with each pool containing 4 pairs. The pairs will play with one another, and only the top 2 pairs from each pool will advance to the quarter final stage of the elimination round. We will be using a 21 point non-rally scoring system, with a change of side after 11 points. The problem arises, when there are 2 or more pairs achieving the same number of wins in any one pool. I have come up with the idea of using the score differences (point received - point given) to determine who will advance and who will not. I think this is a standard issue. However, I need a solution in the case of any one pair having a walkover over another. There is a possibility that one pair forfeits one match due to any circumstance, but plays the other matches against the other pairs. Should this happen, how many points should we give the winner and the loser? i dont think a 21-0 is fair, because the winner doesnt have to sweat it out, and the loser may actually have a valid reason for forfeiting the match. This may become a problem if in the end of the round robin stage, there is a tie number of wins between 2 or more pairs in the same pool, cuz then we will have to resort to the score differences. Any solution is appreciated. My apology if this has been posted before. Many thanks.