Scheveningen system

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Final standings of Kings vs. Queens 2011, tournament under Scheveningen system.

The Scheveningen system is a method of organizing a chess match between two teams. Each player on one team plays each player on the other team (Just & Burg 2003:308). The team with the highest number of games won is the winner. This system is a popular way to create title norm opportunities.(Karpov & Roshal 1980:22)

The system was first used in a tournament in Scheveningen in 1923. The idea behind it was that a team of ten Dutch players could face ten foreign masters. This has the intention of giving the players on the team experience against strong competition (Hooper & Whyld 1992).

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  • Just, Tim; Burg, Daniel B. (2003), U.S. Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess (5th ed.), McKay, ISBN 0-8129-3559-4 
  • Karpov, Anatoly; Roshal, Aleksandr (1980), Anatoly Karpov: Chess is My Life, Pergamo Press, ISBN 0-08-023119-5