You have two options to choose from:
- Pianola average score for each player
- An uploaded handicap value
Whichever of these options you choose, you can decide whether the handicap applied should be a fixed value throughout the competition or whether it should fluctuate each day of the competition.
Every game that you upload affects those players' average score in Pianola. This is a non-weighted average percentage of all the matchpoint games they have played.
If a player's average score is 45%, Pianola will add 5% to their score to give the adjusted result.
If a player's average score if 53%, Pianola will deduct 3% form their score to give the adjusted result.
If a player has no Pianola history (this can only happen once - on the first time they play in a game that's uploaded to Pianola), they will be given the initial handicap of 0% (ie their score will not be adjusted).
If you choose a fluctuating handicap, Pianola will apply the handicap as it was on the day that each game was played.
If you choose a fixed handicap, Pianola will always adjust each players' score by the amount of their Pianola average on the date you select.
Some scoring programs produce a handicap data file in the HAN format. If your scoring program does this, you can upload the data on the Admin > Results > Upload handicap data screen.
If you choose a fluctuating handicap, Pianola will apply the handicap value that was assigned for each player on the date the game took place. If you do not upload fresh data, this will - in effect - be the same as a fixed handicap because the data will not have changed from game-to-game.
If you do upload new data, Pianola will refer to the value that was in force at the time of each game.
If you choose a fixed handicap, Pianola will always refer to the value of the handicap on the date you've selected.
If a player does not have a value in the HAN file, Pianola will use 0% adjustment.