# EXCEL CONUNDRUM

this may not be possible but then again.

I have attached a spreadsheet that contains 3 grids.

The grid on the left contains letters A-X [representing players] and both Rinks and positions [Rinks across the top 1-4 Positions going down 1-3

The middle grid is made up of Names that corolate to the positions in the grid on the left

The grid on the right has Names and their respective letter

What I am trying to do is fill in the grid on the left so that

1) Each letter will end up in each rink once and two of the rinks twice [that is because there are 6 games and 4 rinks]

2) Each letter will be in each position twice [in either the top group of three [home team]  or bottom group of 3 [Away Team

3) Each letter [player] will play against different people where possible

in the attached file you will see that person K plays against person W in each game. This is what I am trying to avoid.

Is there a formula that will work this out or if not maybe an expert that can work it out for me.

Much appreciated.
Westborough.xlsx
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Managing DirectorCommented:
Are there any other rules to the draw, or can opponents be randomly selected, with just the one rule of non-duplication of matches?

Rgds
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Author Commented:
Hi jell

not sure what you mean when you say one rule as there are 3 rules

1) Each letter [palyer] will end up in each rink [1-4 row 1] once and two of the rinks twice [that is because there are 6 games and 4 rinks]

2) Each letter [palyer] will be in each position twice [in either the top group of three [home team]  or bottom group of 3 [Away Team column A i.e.

1
2
3

1
2
3

3) Each letter [player] will play against different people where possible

These are the only rules

Thanks
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Author Commented:
Hi jell, will you be able to help me out with this ?

Thanks
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Commented:
Hi,

Try the attached.
No Formulas, just rearranged the patterns.

John
Westborough.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Hi johnb25

I understand the grid with the names and it looks great but I don't understand the grid on the left?

Thanks for your help I spen hours on it and could not solve it.
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Hi,

Attached is an updated grid.
I have placed the letters in the grid on the left, and used vlookups to put names in the middle grid.
The distribution across the rinks is not very even, but I think it minimises the rematches.

Hope this helps.

John
Westborough.xlsx
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Author Commented:
Hi johnb25

Unfortunately that does not work :-(

E 'Martin' is in Rink 4 Four times
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Author Commented:
This one is a lot better than the one I did so I am going to accept this one. Thanks for all your help
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