GoDraw Manual - QUICK TOUR


This section introduces you to the basic features required to run a standard BGA 3 round tournament. We will run a tournament starting with 8 players.
Create a new tournament
Run GoDraw and choose the menu option File|New. Using the drop down list for known tournament names,choose your tournament or type a new name. Press OK. This creates a new 3 round tournament with standard SoS tie-break. See the menu option Settings|Rules if you want to change parameters affecting the draw.

Note that all data changes are immediately written to file, so you cannot lose your work.

Enter players
The grid in the left hand half of the main screen is the Register. Click on the last line. Start typing a player's Family name, or you can choose a name from the drop down list in the Name field. When you have finished editing all the player's details, press the Enter key to complete the edit.

You can edit the details of any existing player - click or tab to the field you wish to change. Press the Enter key to confirm your edit, or the Escape key to undo your most recent edit.

Register players
Once you have entered 8 players press the Fast Reg button in the panel above the register. GoDraw moves to the first unregistered player, and is now waiting for you to do one of the following:

  • Press the 'r' key. GoDraw will register the player, and move to the next unregistered player in the list.
  • Press the Down cursor key to skip registering the player.
  • Press Escape to end Fast Registration and return to normal editing.
  • You can also register an individual player by clicking the Reg field and then press the 'r' key to register/unregister a player. Then press Enter.

    Close the register
    Press the Close button in the panel above the Register. The McMahon bar is calculated and shown in the Bars section below the Register.

    Depending on the grades of your players, you may see that the McMahon bar is the same as the Handicap bar. The purpose of the latter is to give weaker players a better tournament by allowing larger handicaps in preference to same club games. Change the bars now if you wish - after the draw for round 1 they are frozen.

    Press the Print Register button. The Register is printed in the current sort order - indicated by the hollow arrow on one of the tabs of the register column headings.

    Draw for round 1
    Press the Draw button at the top of the right hand panel. The draw is displayed in the upper right grid; results are entered in the small 5 line grid below the draw.

    A report is produced comparing the actual draw performance with a simple model, which approximates the minimum same-club/uneven game counts possible. The report also shows a list of players not playing in this round.

    Close the report, then print the draw. Note that like the screen display, the player's McMahon score is appended to the name rather than grade. You can change the draw print format in the Settings|Preferences|Printing tab.

    The tournament file is automatically copied before the draw, to a file with the same name as the current tournament file, followed by the additional extension .bak

    Enter results
    Click on the first board's Black result field. You now type a result key (hover to be reminded of the key codes), whereupon the Black and White result fields will be updated, and GoDraw moves to the next missing result. When you have completed a batch of 5, press Enter to see the next batch of 5.

    You can also enter results by clicking on the White result column. You can clear a result on a board with the Delete key.

    Enter a late player for Round 2
    Enter Zaphod O'Beeblebrox, 10k from club Magrathea in the UK remembering to type his family name first. You now have an odd number of players, so your ghost player will have to drop out of round 2.

    Click on the Rounds field of the ghost. You can move the box marking a round using the Left/Right cursor keys or just click on the round number you want to change. You can toggle the status from Playing (dark Round number) to Sleeping (greyed Round number) by pressing the 'p' key or by clicking in the box. When you have made your change press Enter. If you need more visibility you can change the Sleeping colour in Preferences.

    Produce and print the Draw. Enter all results.

    Edit the draw for Round 3
    Produce the draw for the final round. Press the Edit button in the panel above the draw. GoDraw is now in draw edit mode and you are able to edit the draw.

    Click on the player you want to be Black, and then click on the player you want to be White. The pairing is placed on the board containing the Black player, so one or two players may have to be removed from their places. These players are moved to the Upset List which overlays the results grid below the draw. Having clicked on a player you can abandon the potential pairing by pressing Escape. You can also edit the draw by dragging the player name. The handicap field is edited by clicking, typing the handicap, and then pressing Enter

    Press the Save button to save your edit. Press the Cancel button to abandon the edit and reset the original draw.

    The current tournament file is saved before the edit to the backup file with extension .bak

    End of tournament
    When all results are entered, Print the Rank list. To view the Prize list on screen, right click on the results grid. Choose View Prize List from the pop-up menu. The Prize Threshold setting is found in Settings|Rules if you need to adjust it. Print the prize list.

    Last updated Sun Jul 08 2007. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.