How To Create Tournaments

Creating tournaments is a real joy; at any given time, I typically have about 50 tournaments going at one time.

You must be a premium member to create tournaments.

Here is how it is done:



Go to Home and choose Tournaments.




Click Create Tournament.



Scroll about halfway down and click the lnk Show more advanced options. This will expand our window and give us more options to choose for our tournament. Personally, I like to do this straight way so that I don't forget anything!




Enter your tournament name.

Select your time control (days per move) from the drop-down window.



From the drop-down menus, select Group Size, Max Players and Advance Per Group.

Group Size is how many players are in one group and Max Players determines how many people you may have for the tournament. These two values are connected; your Group Size options are limited by equal numbers from your Max Players. If your group size is 2, then Max Players will only show options in multiples of 2. Max Players will only display numbers that can evenly be divided by Group Size.

Advance per group is how many players will advance to the next round (i.e. 1 advancing, 3 advancing, etc?)

Gold members may create tournaments; however, the max number of players available for Gold members is 12.





Enter your rating restrictions; the minimum and maximum rating allowed to players.

To create an "open" tournament, leave these values blank.

Tournaments you create will NOT automatically remove members who have dropped below the rating restriction nor risen above the rating restriction. Such will have to be accomplished manually by you. A player will not be automatically moved to another tournament you are hosting and neither can you, the member, move them.




For now, skip "Start Time".

Concurrent Games per Opponent determines if the players will play one simultaneous games per opponent or one. Selecting (2) will speed along your tournament; however, selecting 2 greatly increases the game load on your contestants. Too many games, and many will not play.




There are a couple more options to further restrict who may play in your tournament.

Minimum games is the minimum of online chess games the contestants must have completed in order to qualify for the tournament. The higher than number, the less likely you will encounter timouts and withdrawals.

Max Timeout % restricts players who have a high timeout rating. The lower that number, the fewer people will qualify; the higher that number, the less likely your tournament will find high percentages of timeouts. Timeout percent is the percentage of games which the contestant looses by timing out. This can only be altered by the player not timing out on their games.

Player move speed limits players based on their average play speed. There are 4 options: "All players", which allows anyone to enter your tournament; "Above average" which is one move per 12 hours (average); "Fast" which is one move per 6 hours (average); "Very Fast" which is one move per 3 hours (average). The faster the average move speed, the more likely you will have contestants who make moves quickly thus a faster completion of the tournament.


Now, select your Game Type and Starting Position.

Game Type is your choice between Standard chess or Chess 960.

Starting Position provides a drop-down for ECO openings. Choosing one of these options will create a thematic tournament.


Next is a list of tournament option checkboxes.

Games are RATED: If the checkbox is checked, the results for each game affect the contestants' ratings.

Use TIE BREAKS: If the checkbox is checked, the tie break system is used to break ties. Tie breaks work like this: At the end of each game, the script checks to see how many wins a winner has over other contestants. For each win that other contestants (whom they defeated) have earned is added to the winner's tie break score. Using tie breaks helps to reduce the number of contestants who will advance to the next round.

AUTO-START when tournament registration is full:Checking this box will launch the tournament automatically when the registration is full. If it is not checked, you will receive a message when the tournament is full; you can then go to the tournament and give it a once over then start the tournament automatically. This is handy to check with "open" tournaments; but is not so handy for rated tournaments, imho. Once the tournament has started, it has started; if a player rated 1301 joings a

Now, let's go back to "Start time' which we skipped earlier. With "start time", you may dictate at a given time that the tournament will begin. If you use that option, you must uncheck Auto-Start; with Auto-Start checked, the script will wait until the tournament is full before launching the tournament and ignore the start time.

Allow players to use VACATION TIME: When checked, the contestants may use their vacation time. With it unchecked, your tournament becomes a "no vacation" tournament. There are pros and cons for each option: Allowing vacation time will slow the tournament. Disallowing vacation time will cause many members to not enter the tournament.

Allow only PREMIUM MEMBERS to participate: Checking this allows only paid members to participate in your tournament.

This is an INVITE ONLY tournament: Checking this box prevents anyone from entering the tournament, except those whom you have sent an invite.

Use CUSTOM TROPHIES: With this box checked, you may now choose custom trophies for your tournament. It is recommended by that trophies be 200x200 pixels and .jpg format. Keep in mind that if you download images off the internet, jpeg images often have extensions of .jpeg rather than .jpg; will not recognize .jpeg so the image will be ignored. .png and other formats are also usable, but outside of the recommendations. Larger and smaller images than 200x200 are also often usable, but the risk is reduced quality of your trophy. Keep in mind, also, that the trophies are of greatly reduced size; such images as landscapes will not look so good as a trophy after it is shrunk. The less complicated the image, the better looking your trophies will be.


The last step in creating your tournament is to enter your description. The full range of options is available in doing this that is available to you in a forum post: Posting games, pictures, you tube videos, images, texts and tables are all options. When tournament invitations are sent, what is listed in your "Description" will be messaged to each person you invite.


When you are finished, click the "Create new Tournament" button under the description box, and you are now a Tournament Director.

Have fun!


  • 5 months ago


    great,this helped me


  • 8 months ago


    Thanks for the clear description!

  • 15 months ago


    That is because you are a "gold member". Gold members can only create tournaments of small numbers of people; either 6 or 12; and can not stipulate how many groups or how many people per group. As with all paid websites, limitations like this are in place to encourage us to spend our money, LoL. For me, it works; it's only a matter of time before I start spending money here again; I'm just a little broke right now.

  • 15 months ago


    I am a Gold Member.   In the "Create A New Tournament" form that displays for me there no provision to specify the number of groups or the number of players in a group. It allows me to specify the maximum number of players in the tournament (Max Players) but that is all - no control over the number of groups or group size. Thus, it appears that for a Gold Membership, there is no ability for the Tournament Director (TD) to be able to specify or determine the number of groups or the number of players in the group, in which case the number of groups is always equal to one, and the number of players in a group is therefore equal to "Max Players".  So if I create a tournament with, for example, with Max Players of 12 players (the maximum number of players allowed for a Gold Membership TD), then it forces the players to play 11 simultaneous games!  This is crazy. should allow Gold Membership TD's some flexibility to control group size so that the tournament players are not forced to play "Max Players" games simultaneously!!

  • 16 months ago


    There should be a "create tournament" link on the right hand of the screen just above your trophies.

  • 16 months ago


    I am a premium member and when I go to 'tournaments' there is absolutely no 'create tournament' icon. I would like to start a chess960 tournament

  • 19 months ago


    I'm sorry for my long time in responding.

    There should be an option for "Group Size". If you have 12 players and you specify group size of 6, that should give you 2 groups of 6 (provided that you have a full tournament).

    If you set up group size of 6 and you have less than 12 players, the sytem will try to even out the groups: Thus, if you have 11 players, you will have 1 group of 5 and 1 group of 6; i fyou have 10 players, you will have 2 groups of 5; if you have 9 players, you will have 1 group of 4 and 1 group of 5; and so on.

  • 20 months ago


    I can create a tournament for 12 members only (as Gold). OK, but I´d like to have 2 groups with 6 members each. How to create it? There isn´t any option for it. Now, without more groups, the system inform me about 11 games at a time. Thanks for help.

  • 23 months ago


    "Gold" will allow you to create small tournaments; I believe, up to 12 players.

    Diamond and Platinum will allow you to create tournaments up to 100 players.

    "Gold" also limits the number of tournaments you may run at the same time (I do not recall the limit). "Platinum" and "Diamond" is advertised as running "unlimited" number of tournaments; in speech, that means 50.

    Additionally, there is a new rule in creating tournaments; to create a tournament, your timeout rate must be under 10%.

  • 23 months ago


    It says you need to be a Premium member to create tournaments. What level of premium member do you need to be? Gold? Platinum? Diamond?

  • 24 months ago


    How do limit the turnument to my group members only?

  • 3 years ago


    Sorry, I've been out of sorts.

    If your tournament is small, such as a 1 round tournament, only 1st place trophies are being awarded. So if it's a small tournament, likely it is not accepting trophies for additional slots because they won't be awarded.

    If your tournament is larger than that, then yes, that would be a support issue.

  • 3 years ago


    For me it will only allow me to set "1st Place" if I choose CUSTOM TROPHIES. Is this a bug?

  • 4 years ago


    You forgot to mention to press view all upcoming tournaments. 

  • 4 years ago


    Outstanding step-by-step!

  • 4 years ago


    I think I should link to this as further reading from New Admins' 101.

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