Tournament Details - Pairings

The Pairing view allows you to enter the pairings and results for a specific round of the tournament. If required you can enter the pairings and then enter the results after the round has been complete, or you can enter the pairings and results at the same time.

Tournament details - Pairings

The current round will be displayed by default. Other rounds can be viewed and updated selecting the round number in the Round drop down list.

The First Board number will display the lowest board number for any round. If you want to change the board numbers you can either type them in as you enter the pairings, or you can enter the first board number and click on ‘Renumber’


The grid allows you to enter the board, white player, result and black player for each pairing. As you enter the player’s number their name will be displayed automatically. The results are entered via a single key. The keys used for single key enter of the Results are displayed at the bottom of the list. These can be changed on the Options dialogue by clicking on the change hot link. It the Game Type for the Tournament is Other, the spread as well as the result can be entered.

At the bottom of the dialogue are a set of buttons:

  • Reorder Boards button, allows you to order the pairings based on the score, grade and names of players.
  • Clear All button, clears all the pairings in the current round
  • Remove button, removes the currently selected pairing/results.
  • Validate button - see below.

When you close the dialogue via the Close button the system recalculates all the scores for the players.

Automatic pairing

Automatic pairing will create automatic ‘Swiss’ pairings for a ‘Swiss’ tournament and ‘All Play All’ pairings for an all-play-all tournament.

If pairings or results have already been entered for this round, the system will prompt you before it regenerates the pairings. This program uses the same software as the DOS version of Tournament Director for Windows when generating Swiss pairings and it conforms to the ECF Swiss Pairing rules.

If the system can not find a legal pairing an error message will be displayed, otherwise the pairings will be displayed.

On a Swiss tournament the automatic pairing will take into account pre allocated byes (as set up on the Byes dialogue) and any avoids that have been entered (as set up on the Avoids dialogue). It may not always be possible to honour all avoids, but where possible the system will.


Validate button allows you to validate the pairings and results. The validations performed depends on the Process selected (in the top left corner).


  • All players have been paired and that no player has been paired twice.
  • Withdrawn players have not been paired
  • It checks that the players have not played in previous rounds.
  • It checks that a player receiving a bye in this round has not received a bye in a previous round.


  • All results have been entered.

It does not validate colour allocation.

If All has been selected as the process it also validates the board numbers used.