With the Bellevue/Omaha Game Shoppe store championship yesterday there were numerous discussions concerning the modified win. Basically no one likes it and a new tactic was developed to practically eliminate it from play. Is there a better solution?
The problem with modified wins: For those who win, they are now stuck with only 3 points and are now behind those who got full wins and have a tough time of ever catching back up. Those who lost (and especially early) have a tough time of ever clawing their way back into contention due to screwing their strength of schedule (tie breaker) with a loss of 2 points for your opponent and pushing your opponent down in the standings due to their own SOS. Thus further depressing your SOS in the future.
The improvised solution: If you are ever going to take a loss on a modified basis, conceed the victory to give your opponent the full victory. Currently, it is the only way to keep from completely screwing yourself going forward. I'll admit I used this tactic yesterday and know of at least a couple others who did as well.
The exception: You're at 3-0 versus a 2-1 or similar. Give them a modified to prevent them from leap-frogging you.
An alternate possibiility: Go to a modified win at 3 points and a modified loss at 2 points. If the goal is to admit the game was close, give the "loser" something to prevent them from conceeding and it will serve to help the modified win SOS.
Rip me a new one but there was some general assent among a diverse group that this possibility had some appeal. If nothing else, we'll probably see a lot more conceeding victories in future tournaments.