Southern Swiss Format

The Carolina Invitational will use the Southern Swiss format for the Championship and Advanced divisions. The format is essentially the More Swiss format that Rory Pascar has made famous in Chicago, with a few adjustments. The biggest differences involve how payout positions and amounts are determined.

Tournament Format

Players will be eliminated when they get their fourth loss.

Byes will be treated as wins.

Swiss pairings will continue until there is only one player with fewer than 3 losses.

Players with 3 losses are still eligible to cash, but can no longer win the tournament.

In the Advanced division, all players with three or fewer losses at the end of round 9 will cash.

In the Championship division, all players with three or fewer losses at the end of round 10 will cash.

Payouts will be based on the ABT points formula for Swiss tournaments, with each Prize Pool determined separately. Please see our Prize Pools page for complete details.

Players eliminated in the same round will be awarded the same payout position, with ties combined and split equally.

Pairing Rules

No player can receive a second bye until all remaining players have had at least one bye.

Byes are awarded to a player with the worst possible record.

Two players will not play each other in consecutive rounds unless they are the last two players with fewer than three loses.

Players will be paired against players with as similar a record as possible.

Players will be paired against players they have not played in previous rounds.

If a player has played a previous round against an opponent with a better record, they will not be paired against a player with a better record again, if possible.

If a player has played a previous round against an opponent with a worse record, they will not be paired against a player with a worse record again, if possible.

Note that as the number of remaining players decreases, the pairing rules become harder to enforce and we will relax them from the bottom up.

Format Development

The More Swiss format is an adaptation of the Indy Swiss Movement that Butch Meese ran for so many years in Indianapolis. Special thanks go to Butch Meese for his pioneering ideas and to Rory Pascar and Neil Kazaross for their advice and support as I developed the Southern Swiss flavor of this tried-and-true format. Not all the ideas I had were good, and Neil and Rory helped keep me pointed in the right direction. If any part of this format does not work out, well, I should have listened to them on that part, too.