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##### Requests / Re: "Whist" with two player pools, limited rounds, and 4 courts

« Last post by**Ian Wakeling**on

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**Today**at 12:56:05 PMHello,

I can only be of limited help, as what you really want is software that can optimize a schedule for any given number of players - and I am not aware of anything suitable. I can see that for a lot of choices of the number of players there will be no good schedules - for example it will often not be possible to give every player the same number of games. What I can do it point out were a perfect schedule might exist, which will be for a multiple of 4 players. If you are logged into the forum and you look at my 1st reply here then you can download an Excel file with foursome schedules. You can rearrange each foursome game (AABB) into a doubles game (AB vs AB) any way you like, and discard the columns higher than foursome 4, this will give you a schedule where everyone has 4 matches and all partners and opponents are different - unfortunately this does not give you a solution for 16 or 24 players.

I can only be of limited help, as what you really want is software that can optimize a schedule for any given number of players - and I am not aware of anything suitable. I can see that for a lot of choices of the number of players there will be no good schedules - for example it will often not be possible to give every player the same number of games. What I can do it point out were a perfect schedule might exist, which will be for a multiple of 4 players. If you are logged into the forum and you look at my 1st reply here then you can download an Excel file with foursome schedules. You can rearrange each foursome game (AABB) into a doubles game (AB vs AB) any way you like, and discard the columns higher than foursome 4, this will give you a schedule where everyone has 4 matches and all partners and opponents are different - unfortunately this does not give you a solution for 16 or 24 players.