Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What NTRP rating combination works best in 8.0 mixed?

In my section, we are in the midst of our 18 & over Mixed season.  Today, I had someone ask me a question Facebook about what 8.0 combinations worked best.  4.5 male and 3.5 female?  4.0 of each?  Or 3.5 male and 4.5 female?

I did some quick research looking at some match data I have, and here is what I found.

In matches between a 4.5 male with 3.5 female against two 4.0s, the 4.5/3.5 combo wins about 61% of the time.

In matches between a 3.5 male with 4.5 female against two 4.0s, the 3.5/4.5 combo wins about 53% of the time.

So it would seem that the non-balanced  pairings fare better than the balanced.

What about when non-balanced pairs play each other?  The 4.5 male with 3.5 female wins a whopping 87% of the time.

You may also be wondering how often the different combinations play?  Just over 50% of the matches are between four 4.0s.  About 32% are between a 4.5 male with 3.5 female against two 4.0s.  About 9% are between a 3.5 male with 4.5 female against two 4.0s.  And about 9% are between two unbalanced pairs.

With this information, are you going to do anything different when forming your mixed team or planning your line-up?