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Hi Coach and Jeff :)
I love your podcast and the answers that you have supplied for me have been awesome! Normally I would ask this in the podcast but since this needs a bit more of an explanation, I'll post it in here. I'm going to be entering three events in one of the biggest tournaments in the country. It's called, "The Badger Open."
Last year I played in three events, one of which was very unique, something you guys have most likely never heard before. It's a non-rated event called, "51 Point Handicap". Depending upon your rating, say one person is rated 1400 and the other is rated 1900, the lower rated player is awarded points to start out with. Let's say the 1400 is awarded 21 points. So the game starts out 21-0, with the lower rated player leading. The first person who reaches 51 wins the match. There are no sets, just one game up to 51. If there is a tie at 51, you must win by two. Players 2300 or more can enter the event for free.
When I played in last year, I made it all the way to the semi-finals with my 1500 rating, knocking off two players who were 2200 plus. One of the guys I beat, made to the Quarter-finals in the regular open event. I'm planning on playing again in this event and my question to is this...How do you prepare and develop some tactics for players who are rated much higher?
We have seen a lot of these events. In fact Jeff used to organise one at the club and even set up a computer program to run it.
The handicap system is an interesting one and makes the game quite different.
I think when you are playing a higher ranked player and need less points, it is best to take a few risks. If you play a controlled game you will often find your opponent is better at controlling the ball and will be able to win each point. However, the thing that they fear the most is you hitting some winners. Since you don’t need to win as many points this makes it awkward for them.
Good luck at the Badger Open.
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