How to make a tournament set up

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Tournament Boards are used at Chess Olympiads, World Chess Championships and all major chess tournaments around the world to show the games live as they happen. Also many smaller tournaments use the boards to show games live on their tournament website. To do this, the boards have to be connected to each other and to a PC. This is how it is done.


Since January 2020 all Tournament e-Boards have a USB-C connection. Electronic DGT boards are no longer produced with serial connection plugs. All Tournament e-Boards (both Wooden e-Boards and plastic Smart Boards) use the same connections materials as below.

Connecting 1 to 11 tournament e-Boards

This is what you need

Connection material for the first Tournament Board (Product Code 11011)

  • a power adaptor (suitable for up to 12 boards)
  • a PC-to-bus cable
  • a board-to-bus cable
  • several connection boxes
  • 5 meter patch cable
  • 20 meter patch cable
  • a board to clock cable
  • a serial-to-USB converter cable

How to connect the first 11 e-Boards

Connect a powered USB hub with 12 ports to your PC or laptop.

Connect the powered USB hub to the DGT e-Board nr 1 with a USB cable.

Connect the DGT e-Board

Connecting more than 12 tournament e-Boards

To connect each of the next 11 Tournament Boards for each board an additional connection set (Product Code 11012) is required in addition to the connection materials mentioned above.

  • a board-to-bus cable
  • a connection box
  • 5 meter patch cable
  • a board to clock cable

For the 13th board, the 25th board, the 37th board, etc. again connection set with Product Code 11011 is required.

  • The power adaptor should NOT be replaced by a universal adaptor.
  • Note that the boards will be damaged beyond repair if the wrong polarity of the voltage is applied.