Also single elimination.
tournament, also called a knockout, cup or sudden death tournament, is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each
or bracket is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event.
This does not always mean that the defeated competitor will not participate further in the tournament; in some such tournaments, consolation or "classification" contests are subsequently held among those already defeated to determine the awarding of lesser places, for example, a third
Where more than two competitors can play in each
, such as in a shootout poker tournament, players are removed when they can no longer play until one player remains from the
. This player moves on to the next
to describe a
tournament is that the winner of each
moves on and the loser goes home.
Some competitions are held with a pure
tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a
final stage called playoffs.