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In the first round, it should go to the player with the lowest initial ranking. After that, it depends, but it would ordinarily go to a low ranked player in the lowest score group. According to rule A.2: For pairings purposes only, the players are ranked in order of, respectively (a) score (b) pairing numbers assigned to the players accordingly to ...


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Note:   Independently from the route followed, the assignment of the pairing-allocated bye (see C.2) is part of the pairing of the last bracket. https://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=170&view=article In simple terms, this means that the bye normally goes to one of the players currently tied for last place, but there may be complications if ...


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