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Question
Please provide closest combination of matches to allow each pair to play 7 matches in 8 months.

Thank you,

George Cross
New Castle, PA


Answer
Hi,

Here is a possible rotation

Month          Pair Matchups

1      13-2  12-3  11-4  10-5  9-6  8-7  Sit Out = 1
2       1-3  13-4  12-5  11-6 10-7  9-8  Sit Out = 2
3       2-4   1-5  13-6  12-7 11-8       Sit Out = 3,9,10
4       3-5   2-6   1-7  13-8 12-9 11-10 Sit Out = 4
5       4-6   3-7   2-8   1-9 13-10      Sit Out = 5,11,12
6       5-7   4-8   3-9  2-10 1-11 13-12 Sit Out = 6
7       6-8   5-9  4-10  3-11  2-12 1-13 Sit Out = 7
8       7-9  6-10  5-11  4-12  3-13 2-1  Sit Out = 8

For six of the months, one pair sits out. For two of the months, three pairs sit out. Twelve of the pairs play seven matches, one pair plays eight matches.  

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