My name is Roman Vincze. I play chess (https://ratings.fide.com/profile/324906) and I'm also a programmer.

As for tournaments with swiss system, all computer programs are paid. That's why I decided to create a freeware program (REALLY free (as Lichess)). Name of my program is VinczeSwiss. The VinczeSwiss program is available for download at: https://www.zzsvysocina.cz/download/vinswiss.htm

The VinczeSwiss program is not (for now?) FIDE certified, but can be used now for tournaments without sending to ELO. The VinczeSwiss program has its own (recursive) pairing function, but can also use the external pairing engine JaVaFo.jar. When using JaVaFo.jar, the VinczeSwiss program is fully compatible with FIDE pairing rules! Languages of VinczeSwiss program: now only English and Czech (in package https://www.zzsvysocina.cz/download/vinswiss.zip, there are files english.txt and czech.txt).

If you will like the VinczeSwiss program, I would like to ask you: would a some chess player and a native speaker translate file english.txt into another language (German, Spanish, French ... ...)?

Can you use program VinczeSwiss and send me your opinion / feedback/ ideas?

  • as Swiss Manager provides great service + server back-end,auto tournament page online at chess-results.com; it's well maintained, timely updated - I don't see even a point for writing your own pairing programs as some free already exists for 'backyard' tournaments. Only - for your own educational purposes :)
    – Drako
    Feb 12 '20 at 10:18
  • Swiss Manager and Chess-Results are not free it costs 17 € or 150 € depending on the version. See swiss-manager.at/order.aspx?lan=1 Feb 12 '20 at 10:26
  • That's what I wrote @MikelLarreategi - there are bunch of free programs for smaller tournaments. If you are Chess Federation organizing tournaments - it's not a problem to pay one time price for SM. It has price for reason - It follows all the pairing rules whenever they change; It takes a lot of time and effort for maintenance and you get it for that one time price; also getting aproval of software for FIDE is not free process. So you either have to sell it or have some kind of sponsorship.
    – Drako
    Feb 12 '20 at 11:17

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