Drawing Modes
Swiss Ladder System

The swiss ladder system has its origin in chess, but is becoming very popular also in other sports. The swiss ladder system is a good mixture of the round robin system and the elimination system. It is assures that

  • all entries have the same number of matches to play
  • players of different levels can participate on the same tournament (i.e. strong and weak players)
  • most of the matches, especially in the middle and end of the tournament, are between players of nearly equal strength
  • the matches between very different players count, because not only win and loss are counted, but also the achieved points
  • each entry plays against many other entries, but never twice against the same
  • not all players have to play against all others.


A detailled description of the system can be found in the online help system of SPORT.


The following sample shows the first two rounds of a mixed tennis tournament with 13 players:

Ranking after round 1

1:0 Bj√∂rn Borg 6:2 
 Michael Stich  
 Monica Seles 6:3 
 Steffi Graf 
 Michael Chang 6:4 
 Stefan Edberg  
 Boris Becker 7:5 
0:1 Gabriela Sabatini 5:7 
 Martina Hingis 4:6 
 Pete Sampras  
 Lindsay Davenport 3:6 
 Anke Huber 2:6 
 Ivan Lendl  

The pairings of the second round are done by random, but separately for the players with 1:0 points and the players with 0:1 points: