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Hutton Pairing

Hutton pairing is a system of matching many teams while demanding only one game from each player taking part. It was devised in 1921 by a Scottish clergyman, George Dickson Hutton (1866 - 1929), and has been used regularly for correspondence team events and for matches where many teams assemble on one day, for this reason it is sometimes called "jamboree pairing".

The players in each team are ranked in order of strength and each player meets someone of similar ranking. When the number of teams is one more than the number of boards, each team meets every other team on one board only. Organisers use pairing tables which enable them to cope with any number of teams and any number of boards.


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Plain Text Messages

To provide the widest compatibility with email clients the server uses this format by default to communicate with the players.
If their email clients are able to display graphic and html messages, they usually turn on the html message format, which is really friendlier than the plain text format.
Of course, it often happens, that the two players of the same game uses different message formats, and the same game displays differently for them.
 
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