Originally Posted by bruce_brakel
I don't get how that is going to produce a different result from alphabetical. At every tournament you are going to be "42" and so will the other 42s, so whenever they show up, you're playing with them, just like Zadarecky playing with Zandstra.
Not always - as with 42 and 42 splitting 2 cards, you can still play personal favorite, but Zandstra will ALWAYS be ahead of Zadarecky. - with same last names, you go with first names next - that way it will ALWAYS be set without predjudice or "randomness". I've done it that way for over 10 years and not only do people NOT complain about it, other TD's in the state are using it for their Events also.
Besides reverse alphabetical is waaaay cooler as it freaks out the new players trying to figure out how the board is set.