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There are lots of questions about pairing programs here, some of them mention being authorized by FIDE, but how can I check and know which programs are currently authorized?

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FIDE publish a list of such programs here.

Currently there are 8 programs on the list varying in price from completely free (STOP), free on Linux (Vega), partially free (ChessManager) to 150 euros (Swiss Manager).

Program - Author
Vega - Luigi Forlano (ITA)
SwissSys - Thad Suits (USA)
SwissMaster - Royal Dutch Chess Federation (NED)
Swiss-Manager - Heinz Herzog (AUT)
Swiss-Chess - Franz-Josef Weber (GER)
UTU Swiss - Neil Hayward (UK)
ChessManager - Tomasz Żyźniewski (POL)
STOP - Alexander Lenhard (GER)

The landing experience also varies widely. Most are excellent, giving you useful information about provided functionality and limitations upfront, but some are appalling.

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    Hi @brian-towers, the link is not a secret and in fact, you already provided it - admin.chessmanager.com. ChessManager is an online program so you don't have to download anything on your computer and probably that's the source of confusion. Core functionality (which allows you to run a tournament with all FIDE requirements) is free. You have to pay for extra features like pairings by SMS, online fee collection, Excel exports, etc. Mar 8 at 18:55

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