MiniMonrad is a Swiss pairing program according to Monrad's system, for Windows 95/98 and later. The program is simple (primitive!) and easy to learn. After an hour of study one is already a full-fledged pairing director. Although this program cannot compete with the commercial programs it has the advantage of being very easy to learn. It is also free of charge. It is therefore suitable for tournament arrangers that only once or occasionally arrange a tournament. This document contains a MiniMonrad pairing course that I encourage the reader to go through. The program emulates how Monrad pairing is done when it's performed by hand. So one could use this program when learning Monrad pairing. We need more people that engage in tournament directorship and learn to handle Monrad pairing (and other systems). You may think that the interface is a little awkward, but on the other hand it puts the demand on the tournament director to understand the principles of pairing. This is essential. However, today there are probably more advanced programs to download freely.
Monrad is the most common Swiss system in Scandinavia. It is an entertaining tournament form compared with other systems that can be excruciating to players in the average rating stratum. MiniMonrad has all the functions you need. The program calculates Buchholz score (Kvp); checks whether players have met before, etcetera. It's possible to remove players after the tournament has started. One can even add players after the tournament has started (although this is forbidden one generally allows it during club tournaments). The program creates lists for placement according to table, etcetera. You will here and there see concepts in Swedish instead of English. This is because the initial version was made in Swedish. Anyway this shouldn't cause any misunderstandings. MiniMonrad does pairing strictly according to Monrads system. The algorithm has been thoroughly checked by using real Monrad pairing courses. The program always makes the correct pairing.
Facts about Monrad's Swiss system:
Abstract concerning the program MiniMonrad:
The program is simple and easy to learn since it builds on the principle of Monrad cards. The tournament leader fills in the Monrad cards that are in the file "Monradkort.txt" (Swedish for "Monrad cards.txt").
So if you learn a minute amount of Swedish you will always have all the necessary information available on these cards. This is very useful since you will not only be able to inform any bewildered players, but you can also modify the different numbers and scores at any time.
The player's name is filled in after the dot on the first line on each Monrad card. Subsequently the MiniMonrad program is started and the pairing is made by pushing a button. The program is then terminated after it has created certain files. The file "Monradkort.txt" is modified according to the pairing result. The individual Monrad cards grow bigger for every round (after round 1) since two lines are added for every round, namely the two last lines that show the last round's opponent and the adherent result.
Note that "0.0" is already filled in so you never will have to enter any zero results. Normally you don't have to update the total score ("totalpoäng") or any other items on the cards since the program updates these. Although the results of the round are a little slow to fill in, it will go smoothly after you have acquired the technique. You step forward by holding down the down-arrow key.
The technique using Monrad cards is straightforward and the tournament director has a lucid view of the information all the time. For instance, the director might want to alter the total score after a postponed game is finalized. He then alters the score on the "totalpoäng" line on respective Monrad cards. One can account for the whole course of events if a player questions the amount of blacks he has had (a very common occurence), etcetera.
Download MiniMonrad here (zipped). Actual version is: 1.02e . The program is free of charge. It functions in Windows 95/98 and later. This page including a course (in txt-format) are enclosed with the zip-file.
© M. Winther 1998