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What SOSS is
SOSS is a program of the kind that pairs the players in chess tournaments, a so called "chess pairing program" or "chess tournament software".
SOSS is a bit different from other chess pairing programs in that it has a strong focus on the complete event, not only the pairing.
This focus is expressed in the following features:
Well thought out user interface (a minimal clicks and key presses to perform the most common tasks)
The method for entering the results can be chosen to any (or a combination) of: keyboard, mouse click and bar code reader(s), specially
the latter has proved to be efficient in practice.
SOSS can manage multiple groups in the same session (e.g. different age-groups in youth events).
Carries out splitting into multiple sub groups based on average rating if necessary
Clubs are real objects. This minimises the risk that players from the same club appears as coming from different due to miss spelling of the
club name. This is important if team competitions are used.
It is simple to define different types of team competitions, based on individual competitions.
Manages the "Schack-4" (chess-4) type of tournament. (This is a very nice type of tournament for 10 years old children that has been used to
spread the chess interest widely in Sweden).
Manages also leaders etc. (specially useful in youth events)
Administrates e-mail and web addresses.
Can also be used for bookings like entrance fees
The print outs can be adapted in an arbitrary way concerning the format as well as the content.
Can print to multiple printers in parallel and automatically distribute the printings for an optimal usage of the printers (only available on
the DOS version). This may be useful specially in big events.
SOSS can of course generate nice web pages with whatever you like (e.g. the current standings, the final results etc.).
In case none of the binaries available for donwload does not suit your system you can build SOSS from source code. SOSS is available
under the GNU Public License(GPL). You can find also the source at the download page.
To build SOSS you will need to first build and install following libraries (all of them are open source):