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What we do

Actual field of work (2016-2017)

  1. prepare explanatory appendices and a glossary for the 2017 Dutch System
  2. publish the new C.04 section of FIDE Handbook. See the FIDE Handbook and a PDF file with the whole section.
  3. (from January 1st) run re-endorsement procedures for programs already endorsed and endorsement procedures for new programs
  4. define a team pairing system
  5. we are currently working on strengthening the Dubov System (eliminate inaccuracies and ambiguities).

Dutch System 2017

Our Commission worked (2014-2016) on some amendments and a complete a rewording of the Dutch Regulations. A draft was presented at the 2015 FIDE Congress in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and the work continued through 2015 and 2016. The final version was presented and discussed at the FIDE Congress 2016 in Baku (AZE). You can check the history of this draft, related documentation and the final version on this page.

General responsibilities and work of the Commission

In this commission we are dealing with:

  1. Pairing systems (mainly Swiss but also others), that means creating, developing and checking sets of rules for pairings
  2. Verbal description of pairing rules to promote the understanding and the use of the rules even without computers. This point is important to avoid the image of a computer club
  3. Algorithms representing the rules. The algorithms are a fine feasibility check of the rules
  4. Help for programmers to produce effective programs including correct interpretation of the rules
  5. Checks and endorsement of submitted programs

From our point of view the advantages of endorsed programs are on both sides:

  • The programmers get a better distribution of their programs by a successful endorsement.
  • Programs are an important help to organize tournament with a large number of participants.
  • We, the SPP Commission, need absolutely these programs to distribute (and to publish) our rules.
  • Our rules would be meaningless if nobody would use them.


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