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Swiss tournament

noun
  1. (in certain games and sports) a tournament system in which players are paired in each round according to the scores they then have, playing a new opponent each time. More players can take part than in an all-play-all tournament of the same duration
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named from a chess tournament held in Zürich in 1895
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