Howell movements

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This screen is presented when adding or changing a Howell movement. Howell movements saved in this way are later available for use in the generation of a section. A standard set of Howell movements are available.


To add a new movement press the [new] button and then fill in the fields on this panel to best describe the movement to be entered.


The title is used internally and is not that important apart from being unique.


The description is the name of the movement you wish to create. The name is used to uniquely define the movement. Choose a name that helps you to remember the movement.



Enter the number of tables in the movement you are to define. Note this is the number of tables in the movement and not the number of tables in the section using this movement. For example, a Howell movement of 5 tables may be used in a section containing 4 ½ tables.


Lowest stationary pair

This field only applies when a ¾ Howell movement is being defined. Enter the pair number of the lowest numbered stationary pair. For example, with a 7 table ¾ Howell movement there are 14 pairs and if there are 11 rounds in the movement the lowest stationary pair is 12. This must be less than the total number of pairs in the movement.


Defining the movement

This screen shows an array of entries for tables 1 through to the number tables being entered. For each table enter the North-South pair number, the East-West pair number and the number of relays between the tables. Table 1 is at the left of the screen, and the tables are numbered sequentially from there.


Note: this is the movement definition rather than the section definition. The North-South and East-West pair numbers are numbers between 1 and the number of pairs in the movement (which is equal to twice the number of tables in the movement). When the movement is used (to define a section) the pair numbers may be any numbers you wish between 1 and 999.


The number of relays between each of the tables can be a value between 0 and the number of boards out of play on the first round. Also it may be 99 to indicate the two tables are sharing the board sets. The total number of board sets in play is equal to one less than the number of pairs. In a ¾ Howell movement, it is one less than the lowest stationary pair number.


Normally board set 1 is on table 1 during round 1. It is possible to place a different board set on table one, round one when the section is generated. For example, if the number of relays between tables 1 and 2 is 1 and board set 3 is on table 1 then set 4 is on the relay (between tables 1 and 2) and set 5 on table 2 etc.


Consider the following 4 table Howell movement. On round 1 the movement is set up as follows:-

At table 1 - 8 versus 1 playing board set 1

At table 2 - 6 versus 3 playing board set 4

At table 3 - 7 versus 2 playing board set 6

At table 4 - 4 versus 5 playing board set 7


Notice there are 2 board sets (numbers 2 and 3) on the relay table between tables 1 and 2. Similarly board set 5 is on the relay table between tables 2 and 3.


Therefore you enter this movement in the following way. NS v EW and then the number of board sets on the relay after the table.


8 v 1  2  6 v 3  1  7 v 2  0  4 v 5  0


Where you have chosen a barometer movement the same board set is played by all tables on each round.  Therefore, you are not required to enter the number of relays between each table but you may enter 99 in all the relays. Where they are all zero it is assumed they are shared, and 99 is automatically placed in all relays when you next attempt to use it.


Table guide cards

Select the [Table guides] button to produce a printout of the selected movement. The "Table guide card options" apply to the movement you print.


Board set on table 1 will be used as the starting board set number, and the sets are numbered sequentially through the tables and bye-stands defined in the movement.


Boards per set will allow the print to show the correct boards in play at each table. Board set 1 will start with board 1.



Use the [New] button to add a new movement to the file. Enter the details as required.



use the [Delete] button to delete the currently selected movement. The ASE Scorer Version 9 checks with you before deleting the movement.


Import V7

The user movements shown on this screen are held in a file called howell.mvt in the install directory. It is possible, using the import option, to copy all the movements from another such howell.mvt file. This is useful when another user of the ASE Scorer Version 9 has a series of movements you wish to use.


The usual use of this option is to import the howell.mvt from ASE Scorer Version 7.


Import text

This allows you to load Howell movements from a text file. The file could be typed up using any text editor, or generated by another computer program.


The file is a Comma Separated Volume (CSV) ASCII text file.


The format of the file is:


number of tables (Howell) or number of tables/lowest stationary pair (¾ Howell)


combinations of "NS number"-"EW number" and "number of relays"R


with a comma between each field and one movement per line.


for example, the "Standard" 5 table Howell included in the default library is entered like:




and the "6 round 4 table" ¾ Howell with 7 the lowest stationary pair is:


4/7,6 Round 4 Table,8-1,R,7-5/4-6,2-3,2R