a tournament in which the entrants are listed by name and rank, advancement being by means of challenging and defeating an entrant ranked one or two places higher.
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British Dictionary definitions for ladder tournament
a tournament in a sport or game in which each contestant in a list attempts to defeat and displace the contestant above himAlso called: ladder
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