At all YEL chess tournaments, we don't know the level of play of all chess players. So, the software we use (WinTD) is designed to put all students into one bracket, separated by grade levels. This is called Swiss Style bracketing or pairing.
In early rounds, students are paired at random with preference given to pairing the most experienced students against the least experienced. So, if you have an established LOCAL rating of 800 or more, you will likely play another player with no rating or an assigned rating of 200-400.
As the rounds progress, the determining factors are:
- Score - In the fourth round, for instance, a student with 3 points will likely play another player with 3 points. A player with 0 points will likely play another player with 0 points. Etc.
- Color - If you are due to play black, the software tries to pair you with some one with the same point total who is due to play white.
- Team - The software will avoid pairing students from the same school. Usually only the Grade 6+ division might play players from the same school, but the K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 divisions will not unless an announcement is made to the contrary at the tournament.
- PLEASE LET US KNOW IF A STUDENT IS PAIRED AGAINST SOMEONE FROM THE SAME SCHOOL!
NOTE: When a division has 7 or fewer players, we may decide to use a round robin or double round robin format. In this format, each player plays every other player in their division once or twice.