Running a Swiss pairs' event

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Running a Swiss pairs' event

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A Swiss pairs event is one where the results of the previous rounds are used to determine the opponents the pairs play on the next round. In the ASE Scorer Version 9 the main conceptual difference between a Swiss pairs event and a multi-session event is that the term "round" is used instead of "session". The terms "round" and "session" are used interchangeably in Swiss events.


The big difference from other pairs' events is the movement. Each pair has only one opponent on each round. A "draw" of opponents is published before each round.


From the main menu select the [New] event option [Ctrl-n]. The event wizard screen is shown.


Choose "Swiss pairs" as the event type. Fill in the other options as you need, but the default values already showing are typically adequate. The title should conform to your club standards. All values in the other options may be changed later if you need using the [Event properties].


Click [Next].

The session wizard is now showing. Change the values as you need, but the default values already showing are typically adequate. All values may be changed later using the [Session properties]


Click [Next].

The Swiss pairs section properties is now showing. The number of tables in the section is the most important item. This number includes any half or phantom tables. Where there is a half table in the section this is indicated in the "Half table details" panel. Click "NS missing" or "EW missing" as the case may be. Also enter the table where the half table is on the first round.


The board set number, and number of boards per set are essential values. All boards for any round are the same for all tables. For example if the number of boards per set is 3, and boards set number is 4, then the boards in play are 10, 11 and 12. Board set one is 1-3, set two 4-6 and set three 7-9.


Note: where the number of tables in the event exceeds 45, you are required to set up a second section. This is an internal limitation, and does not effect the way a Swiss pairs' event is conducted. The size of the sections is not important either. For example a 60 table event can be initially set up as two 30 table sections, or one of 45 tables and another of 15.


Click [Next].

The Table and Pair numbers screen is shown. Normally the values here are correct. The pair numbers must be unique and usually are in sequence.


Click [Done].

The [Save As] dialogue is shown. Normally you would enter the file name of the event at this time. The event will be saved in the file specified, and each time you [Save] the event it will be placed in this file.


Click [Save].

Enter the pairs' names and the scores as with other pairs' events. Score up will produce the results for the first session of the event.


The second session is produced by selecting [Session]/[New]. You will be asked if you want an automatic Swiss draw produced. Normally the answer is [Yes]. Where you wish to enter your own draw for the round click [No].


Conduct the second and any subsequent rounds in the same way as the first. The outright results report will chow the accumulation of the pairs' results over all rounds.