I have been experimenting with the Team feature and tournament features in Lichess, but I just learned that it's not possible to have swiss, round robin or manual pairing in Lichess. A couple of months ago, I organized a rapid league in my chess club and it went really well, but after a few months, we stopped it due to financial problems. There were three leagues, A, B and C with one round-robin tournament each month (For A and B) while C had a swiss tournament. After each tournament, the top and bottom two shift groups and the winners of the Swiss get a place in B group. Learned so much from running the league. Recently I checked Lichess and fell in love with the beautiful interface (but sad at the lack of features for Swiss/RR tournaments), so, I wanted to ask if there's a good place to organize such a league online? I checked chess.com but it wants me to pay. Still researching!

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    Have you seen this question asked previously? Does it answer your question? chess.stackexchange.com/questions/468/…
    – user14405
    Mar 26 '18 at 12:36
  • lichess has swiss, but still lacks round robin capability. I too am looking for round robin format. Chess.com might have it. I read the "daily tournament" is a round robin, and you can make your own, but you have to be a paying member which I am not.
    – Ywapom
    Jan 6 at 20:17
  • Isn't a Swiss with n players and n-1 rounds just a Round Robin? Can that be organized?
    – David
    May 6 at 21:47
  • @David I'm a bit late to the party, but no that's not the same. In particular, in a Swiss you might run out of legal pairings. Consider this 6 player tournament: R1: 1 v 4, 2 v 5, 3 v 6; R2: 1 v 3, 2 v 4, 5 v 6; R3: 1 v 5, 2 v 3, 4 v 6; then there is no possible round 4 pairing since 1-2-6 all need to play each other and 3-4-5 all need to play each other.
    – koedem
    Sep 4 at 2:48
  • @koedem Oh, I see! Guess it's like a round-robin but worse!
    – David
    Sep 4 at 7:44

This is an online option:


But beware that the free version has the following limitations: up to 20 players in only one category, up to 5 rounds with only one tiebreak method.

  • this appears to be for over-the-board tournaments, not online playing sites.
    – Ywapom
    Jan 6 at 20:19

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