Originally posted by Redmike
You also need to have enough rounds to give a good chance of an outright winner - even 64 entrants would need 6 rounds.
in normal chess you can only have group size 2,
here with a group size 8 we could have 64 players in two rounds.
round one's results could give each player a number from 1 to 8 as to where they came in their group.
the second round is then formed using these numbers.
that is a 64 player two round swiss tournament: more fun for everyone - except russ.
in a three round tournament the same trick can be pulled.