What is the Swiss Pairing System?

If you have a hundred players in a tournament, how do you find a winner in just six rounds? An all-play-all would be impractical. A knockout event would soon leave a lot of players sitting idle as spectators.

The answer is the Swiss System. For a short history, see this link. 

Basically, in round one, participating players are ranked in order of grading, numbered, and the top half of the 'draw' is paired against the bottom half of the 'draw'. So in a twenty player event, Number 1 would play Number 11, Number 2 play Number 12, and so on. You get one point for a win, half a point for a draw, nothing for losing. Then in round two all the players with one point are ranked in order of grading, and the top half is paired against the bottom half. Ditto players on half and zero. 

Repeat for rounds three to five. In round six, ideally, you should find that there are just two players left on five points from five games, and they will have to play each other for the first place.

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