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What we do

Actual field of work (2016-2017)

  1. Finalize the endorsement procedures of the programs for which the Transition Period was extended (see decision of the 88th FIDE Congress), and run the endorsement procedures of programs that may be presented before or around May 28th, 2018 (as the Congress starts September 28th).
  2. Rewrite the rules of the FIDE Dubov System, in order to give such system the same standars of rigour and unambiguousness which the FIDE (Dutch) System is subject to.
  3. Coordinate the subcommittee of four people (Mario Held, Roberto Ricca, José de Jesús García Ruvalcaba, Gunther var der Bergh) who have to report on the endorsement of the first program implementing the Burstein System.
  4. Define a team pairing system.

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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