The results from the pools are used to seed the fencers for the next round. First the fencers are ranked by the fraction of their bouts that they won (this is used rather than the number of wins to account for pools of different sizes). Fencers with the same fraction of wins are further ranked by their “indicator” (touches scored minus touches received). Any ties that remain are broken using the number of touches scored. If any fencers are still tied, they are listed as tied. Here is an example from our fictitious tournament (which had one pool or 6 and one pool of 5):

Pool results

  • The column headed “V” is the number of bouts the fencer won.
  • The column headed “V/M” is the fraction of bouts fenced that the fencer won.
  • The column headed “TS” is the number of touches scored by the fencer.
  • The column headed “TR” is the number of touches received by the fencer.
  • The column headed “Ind” (Indicator) is touches scored minus touches received.


Note that in our example:

  • Troi is ahead of Frakes despite having fewer victories. This is because they have the same fraction of bouts won (1.00: Troi won 4 of 4 and Frakes won 5 of 5), but Troi has a higher indicator (9 vs. 8).
  • Worf is ahead of Q despite having the same number of victories and a lower indicator. This is because Worf won 3 of 4 bouts for a V/M of 0.75 while Q won 3 of 5 for a V/M of 0.60.
  • Spock, McCoy and Kirk have the same fraction of bouts won (0.40), they are ranked 5, 6 and 7 respectively based on their indicators.
  • Picard, Riker and Data have the same fraction of bouts won (0.25) and the same indicator (-3), but Picard is ranked ahead of Riker and Data based on touches scored (16 vs. 14).
  • Riker and Data have identical winning fractions, indicators and touches scored, so they are tied.


In most league tournaments, the top 80% of the seeds are promoted to the direct elimination round. 80% of 11 (rounded up to a whole number) is 9. As there is a tie for 9th place, the tied fencers are both promoted.

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