# A chess tournament is taking place on knock-out terms (the one who loses the match is out of the game).

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A chess tournament is taking place on knock-out terms (the one who loses the match is out of the game).
(a) If 15 matches are played in total, how many players participated?
(b) If 50 players took part in the tournament, how many matches were played?

posted Jul 2, 2018

a)16 players, 15 matches=15 losers and one winner
b)49 matches to eliminate 49 and leave one winner

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