One hundred and thirty-seven men have signed up for an elimination tennis tournament. All players are to be paired for the first round, but because 137 is an odd number one player gets a bye, which promotes him to the next round. The pairing continues on each round, with a bye to any player left over. If the schedule is planned so that a minimum number of matches is required to determine the champion, how many matches must be played?
Edited by soot (02/19/13 10:25 PM)
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