A Ladder Tournament is a tournament system where players organise their own games.
There are some variations the one described here is for starting from scratch.
- All players start at the lowest rank.
- Players within the same rank can challenge any player in their rank group.
- Players who win a game in their rank are promoted to the next higher rank.
- Continue this procedure until the highest ranks only contain one player.
At a certain pre-ordained time, the player at the highest rank, the top rung of the ladder, can be declared the winner.
A variation exist where the players are pre-ranked according to strength, so that each rank contains only one player. The challenge rule is changed to that players can only challenge players up to a number of ranks higher than themselves.
If they win they are inserted just above the defeated player. if they lose they stay at their previous rank.