Download a free evaluation copy of the latest version of SwissSys from the downloads page. Version 8.0 represents continued advances over previous releases. Here is an overview of the main changes you will find in the new version.
Expanded database support
Import and export players using Excel and Access files (pre-2007 format) as well as dBase.
Easier, more automatic setup of databases.
More standard, flexible and shareable file format
SwissSys data now saves to Excel spreadsheets. Saving to the older format is also still an option.
More integrated handling of sections
Quick access to all players from all sections using the roster.
View combined sections in the charts.
Pack and unpack a tournament for easy sharing and archiving of all section data.
More pairing options
Ladder tournament support. All the standard variations are covered.
Random pairings within a score group, Experiment with these (advocated by some well-respected players and TD's) as a way to add spice to your tournaments.
Double round robins with non-consecutive games are now supported.
Pair up to 24 rounds, and round robins of up to 20 players.
Better pairings in some tough-to-pair conditions.
Improvements in reports
Send E-mails to all your players, with optional attachments of SwissSys charts in html format.
Export charts to Excel spreadsheets
CFC ratings report.
FIDE ratings report, along with more thorough norm reports and certificates.
Ratings reports for the Canadian Chess Federation
Print student certificates and awards.
Messages to players.
"Scratch pad" feature for keeping notes to yourself about the tournament.
View any round's pairings, not just the current round.
Specify double blitz results on a round-by-round basis.
Statistics on wins broken down by color. (Sure, white has the edge, but how much of an edge in your tournaments?)
Automatic registration in the proper section based on ratings or age/grade.
Improvements in team tournament support
Move a whole team to a different section at once.
Easier tournament merging
Merge multiple files at once in an easy-to-use dialog.
And a hundred other miscellaneous smaller nuggets, many of them suggested by TD's like you.