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).

Standard Tables

Match on 2 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 A2-B2
Round 2 B2-A1 B1-A2

Match on 3 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 A2-B2 B3-A3
Round 2 B2-A1 A2-B3 B1-A3
Round 3 A1-B3 B1-A2 A3-B2

Match on 4 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 A2-B2 B3-A3 B4-A4
Round 2 B2-A1 B1-A2 A3-B4 A4-B3
Round 3 A1-B3 A2-B4 B1-A3 B2-A4
Round 4 B4-A1 B3-A2 A3-B2 A4-B1

Match on 5 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 A2-B2 A3-B3 B4-A4 B5-A5
Round 2 B2-A1 B3-A2 B4-A3 A4-B5 A5-B1
Round 3 A1-B3 A2-B4 B5-A3 B1-A4 A5-B2
Round 4 B4-A1 B5-A2 A3-B1 A4-B2 B3-A5
Round 5 A1-B5 B1-A2 B2-A3 A4-B3 A5-B4

Match on 6 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 B2-A2 A3-B3 B4-A4 B5-A5 A6-B6
Round 2 A1-B2 A2-B6 B1-A3 A4-B5 B4-A5 B3-A6
Round 3 B3-A1 B5-A2 B6-A3 A4-B2 A5-B1 A6-B4
Round 4 B4-A1 A2-B3 A3-B5 B1-A4 A5-B6 B2-A6
Round 5 A1-B5 A2-B4 B2-A3 B6-A4 B3-A5 A6-B1
Round 6 B6-A1 B1-A2 A3-B4 A4-B3 A5-B2 B5-A6

Match on 7 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 A2-B2 A3-B3 A4-B4 B5-A5 B6-A6 B7-A7
Round 2 B2-A1 B3-A2 B4-A3 A4-B5 A5-B6 A6-B7 B1-A7
Round 3 A1-B3 A2-B4 A3-B5 B6-A4 B7-A5 B1-A6 A7-B2
Round 4 B4-A1 B5-A2 A3-B6 A4-B7 A5-B1 B2-A6 B3-A7
Round 5 A1-B5 A2-B6 B7-A3 B1-A4 B2-A5 A6-B3 A7-B4
Round 6 B6-A1 A2-B7 A3-B1 A4-B2 B3-A5 B4-A6 B5-A7
Round 7 A1-B7 B1-A2 B2-A3 B3-A4 A5-B4 A6-B5 A7-B6

Match on 8 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 A2-B2 A3-B3 A4-B4 B5-A5 B6-A6 B7-A7 B8-A8
Round 2 B2-A1 B3-A2 B4-A3 B1-A4 A5-B6 A6-B7 A7-B8 A8-B5
Round 3 A1-B3 A2-B4 A3-B1 A4-B2 B7-A5 B8-A6 B5-A7 B6-A8
Round 4 B4-A1 B1-A2 B2-A3 B3-A4 A5-B8 A6-B5 A7-B6 A8-B7
Round 5 A1-B5 A2-B6 A3-B7 A4-B8 B1-A5 B2-A6 B3-A7 B4-A8
Round 6 B6-A1 B7-A2 B8-A3 B5-A4 A5-B2 A6-B3 A7-B4 A8-B1
Round 7 A1-B7 A2-B8 A3-B5 A4-B6 B3-A5 B4-A6 B1-A7 B2-A8
Round 8 B8-A1 B5-A2 B6-A3 B7-A4 A5-B4 A6-B1 A7-B2 A8-B3

Match on 9 Boards
Round 1 A1-B1 A2-B2 A3-B3 A4-B4 A5-B5 B6-A6 B7-A7 B8-A8 B9-A9
Round 2 B2-A1 B3-A2 B4-A3 B5-A4 A5-B6 A6-B7 A7-B8 A8-B9 B1-A9
Round 3 A1-B3 A2-B4 A3-B5 A4-B6 B7-A5 B8-A6 B9-A7 B1-A8 A9-B2
Round 4 B4-A1 B5-A2 B6-A3 A4-B7 A5-B8 A6-B9 A7-B1 B2-A8 B3-A9
Round 5 A1-B5 A2-B6 A3-B7 B8-A4 B9-A5 B1-A6 B2-A7 A8-B3 A9-B4
Round 6 B6-A1 B7-A2 A3-B8 A4-B9 A5-B1 A6-B2 B3-A7 B4-A8 B5-A9
Round 7 A1-B7 A2-B8 B9-A3 B1-A4 B2-A5 B3-A6 A7-B4 A8-B5 A9-B6
Round 8 B8-A1 A2-B9 A3-B1 A4-B2 A5-B3 B4-A6 B5-A7 B6-A8 B7-A9
Round 9 A1-B9 B1-A2 B2-A3 B3-A4 B4-A5 A6-B5 A7-B6 A8-B7 A9-B8

Match on 10 Boards
Round  1  A1-B1  A2-B2  A3-B3  A4-B4  B5-A5  B6-A6  B7-A7  A8-B8  B9-A9 B10-A10
Round  2  B2-A1  B1-A2  B8-A3  B3-A4 A5-B10  A6-B5  A7-B6  B4-A8  A9-B7  A10-B9
Round  3  A1-B3  A2-B8  A3-B4 A4-B10  B6-A5  B7-A6  B9-A7  A8-B1  B2-A9  B5-A10
Round  4  B4-A1  B3-A2 B10-A3  A4-B6  A5-B7  B8-A6  A7-B5  A8-B9  B1-A9  A10-B2
Round  5  A1-B5  A2-B4  B9-A3  B7-A4  B1-A5 A6-B10  B8-A7  B2-A8  A9-B3  A10-B6
Round  6  B6-A1  A2-B7  A3-B1  A4-B9  A5-B8  A6-B2 B10-A7  B5-A8  B4-A9  B3-A10
Round  7  A1-B7  B5-A2  B2-A3  B1-A4  B4-A5  B9-A6  A7-B3 A8-B10  A9-B6  A10-B8
Round  8  B8-A1  B6-A2  A3-B5  A4-B2  A5-B9  A6-B1  A7-B4  B3-A8 B10-A9  B7-A10
Round  9  A1-B9 A2-B10  A3-B7  B5-A4  B2-A5  B3-A6  B1-A7  A8-B6  A9-B8  B4-A10
Round 10 B10-A1  B9-A2  B6-A3  B8-A4  A5-B3  A6-B4  A7-B2  B7-A8  A9-B5  A10-B1

See also[edit]


  • Hooper, David; Whyld, Kenneth (1992), The Oxford Companion to Chess (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-866164-9
  • 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

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