The idea is to provide something a bit more competitive than club nights, without getting too serious.
Each player is given a ‘rating’ – a number of points which is supposed to reflect their ability at doubles. For any given set of doubles, the 4 players’ ratings can be combined to produce an ‘expected’ outcome.
e.g. Player ratings are A=700, B=600, C=500, D=400.
1 game in a set is deemed equivalent to 100 ranking points.
So when A & B (700+600=1300) play against C & D (500+400=900)
Then A & B are expected to win by 4 games (so 6-2) as 1300 – 900 = 400
The set is then played as normal and whichever pair does better than this expected result gains ratings points from the other pair.
For our sessions, we like to get a group of 4 together and go through the 3 combinations (A&B v C&D, A&C v B&D, A&D v B&C). Playing 1 set to 6 (tie-break at 5-5) of each combination should take ~1½-2 hours, which is enough for most people.
Contact Jon Apedaile if you would like to take part!