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C. Brief examples of pairing


Pairing Round One


If the number of players is uneven the lowest rated player in the Pairing List is given the Bye.


The colour to be given to Player #1 is decided by drawing lots; the other odd-numbered players in the upper half of the Pairing List are then given the same colour as Player #1. Player #2 together with the other even-numbered players in the upper half of the Pairing List are given the other colour.

Depending on the draw, the pairings for the first round in a tournament of forty players would be either 1 v 21, 22 v 2, 3 v 23, 24 v 4, ... 40 v 20; or 21 v 1, 2 v 22, 23 v 3, 4 v 24 ... 20 v 40, where the player having white is mentioned first. This is the only occasion when colours need be decided by lot.


Players who have won their games are each awarded one point; each of those who have drawn receives 0.5 point. Each of those who have lost receives 0 point.


Round Two


The players are arranged in groups of the same score.


Awarding the Bye

If the number of players is uneven, then the Bye is awarded as in Rule 8.


Pairing begins with the highest score-group (1 point), continues with the lowest score-group (0 point) and finishes with the Median Score-group (0.5 point).

Detailed instructions for pairing Round Two and subsequent rounds are given in Regulation C. 04A.

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