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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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     The lesson to be learned from all this is that in planning and conducting a horseshoe tournament, several important factors must be taken into consideration, the two classes of players, topnotchers and mediocre, and the attention of the spectators. A really first class tournament must be conducted in such a way that it gives all types and classes of players complete satisfaction from a playing standpoint, and must also not only hold the interest of the spectators throughout, but must gradually build their interest up to greater heights until the tournament reaches its climax right at the very end.
     It is clearly evident that none of the foregoing plans will suffice unless by accident, so it seems that a new plan of tournament more in keeping with the times is needed. By studying the desires of all classes of players and also the desires of the spectators, and formulating a plan which will please all of them the most, a fine tournament can be conducted regardless of the time, space or number of entrants.
     First of all, consider the topnotch player. He comes to a tournament with an idea he might win it, or at least take one of the higher prizes. He doesn't care much about meeting a lot of players who will offer him little competition and only tire him out before his more important games. If there is to be a preliminary of some sort, he wants it to be as short and easy as possible.
     Second, consider the comparatively weaker player. He knows he has no chance to win the tournament, and little chance to finish in a high spot. He comes to the tournament only hoping to make a good showing and have some fun playing against the top players. If he can come in on one of the lower prizes he will consider he has done well. Naturally, since he is out for only fun, games and experience, the more games he can play the better he will like it.
     A plan involving all players in a long-winded schedule might please the poorer men, but will incur the displeasure of the topnotcher, while a very short plan of schedule which shunts the poorer men aside quickly will have inverse results. It therefore follows that both types or classes must do a little compromising; the good player consenting to meet the poorer players in a certain amount of games, and the poorer players consenting to recognize the fact that after all, a meet is primarily for deciding a championship and their games must therefore be somewhat limited.      The spectators want to see the real topnotch players battle one another and are not interested in seeing a long string of one-sided, uninteresting games. They would, however, not mind watch-

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