How does a tournament work?

Our tournaments are non-elimination, which means that every participant gets to play all the rounds.  A player earns one point for a win and a half point for a draw. Usually each player will go up against an opponent with the same number of points. In scholastic tournaments, children are not paired against other players from their school except in unusual circumstances. At the end of the last round trophies are awarded to the top individuals and school teams in each section.

We have two main types of tournaments: Swiss Tournaments and  Quads.  In a quads tournament, the players are put into groups of four by rating, and each player plays the other three players in their group.  Each group is called a quad.  In a swiss style tournament, the players who win play other players who win, and the players who lose will play other players who lost.  Generally, these tournaments are four rounds long.