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The single-elimination format enables a relatively large number of competitors to participate. There are no "dead" matches (perhaps excluding "classification" matches), and no matches where one competitor has more to play for than the other.
 
The single-elimination format enables a relatively large number of competitors to participate. There are no "dead" matches (perhaps excluding "classification" matches), and no matches where one competitor has more to play for than the other.
   
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The format is less suited to games where [[tie (draw)|draw]]s are frequent. In chess, each fixture in a single-elimination tournament must be played over multiple matches, because [[draw (chess)|draws are common]], and because white has an advantage over black. In [[association football]], games ending in a draw may be settled in extra time and eventually by a [[penalty shootout (football)|penalty shootout]], viewed by many fans as an unsatisfactory conclusion to a fixture, or by replaying the fixture. In various forms of [[limited overs cricket|one-day]] cricket, a bowl-out has been used in recent years to settle tied matches.
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The format is less suited to games where [[tie (draw)|draw]]s are frequent. In [[chess]], each fixture in a single-elimination tournament must be played over multiple matches, because [[draw (chess)|draws are common]], and because white has an advantage over black. In [[association football]], games ending in a draw may be settled in extra time and eventually by a [[penalty shootout (football)|penalty shootout]], viewed by many fans as an unsatisfactory conclusion to a fixture, or by replaying the fixture. In various forms of [[limited overs cricket|one-day]] [[cricket]], a [[bowl-out]] has been used in recent years to settle tied matches.
   
 
Another perceived disadvantage is that most competitors are eliminated after relatively few games. Variations such as the [[double-elimination tournament]] allow competitors a single loss while remaining eligible for overall victory.
 
Another perceived disadvantage is that most competitors are eliminated after relatively few games. Variations such as the [[double-elimination tournament]] allow competitors a single loss while remaining eligible for overall victory.

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