Getting Started Guide

How to set up and test your first event


Use the New Organizer Request Form to request organizer access. Wait for confirmation before proceeding.

Log in to

Click “Account Settings” from the drop-down menu in the upper right.
Enter your organization’s name and contact email address in the “Organizer Profile” section.

Click “Admin Panel” from the drop-down menu in the upper right.
Click “Manage Events & Registrants”.
Click the “Add Event” button.

Complete the following fields:

Event Name
Event Type
Start Date
End Date
Event Fee (enter zero if your event has no entry fee)
Expires (date your event fee expires)
Schedules Available (choose at least one)
Sections Available

Click “Add Event”.
Click the button “Preview Event” in the upper right.

You may now walk through the event and register for it. Modify your event as needed. Once you are satisfied that it is working as expected you may check the “Publish Event” checkbox to make the event available from the Chessregister “Events” page. Once your event is available on the Events page you may simply copy the event URL for publication onto your own pages or print.

To download registration data

Player registration data can easily be exported into files that will then import directly into either the SwissSys or WinTD tournament pairing applications or into a “CSV” formatted file that can be read by Excel or similar.

To accept payments via PayPal

Our recommended payment provider is PayPal. In order to use PayPal on our platform you will need to set up and connect a PayPal account to the ChessRegister platform. Here’s how:

  • Login to ChessRegister and navigate to your Control Panel
  • Click “Connect PayPal”
  • Click “Access PayPal” from the PayPal Setup page
  • Follow the instructions to “onboard” your PayPal account to ChessRegister. You may either use an existing PayPal account or set up a new one. Both personal and business PayPal accounts are supported.
  • Return to the PayPal Setup page
  • Once you have returned to the PayPal Setup page you should see the following with your credentials:
Your PayPal Merchant ID: <your PayPal Merchant ID>
Legal Name: <your business name>
Primary Email Confirmed: True
Payments Receivable: True
  • Once “Payments Receivable” is “True” click “Enable PayPal Payments”
  • You are now ready to accept payments!

To accept payments via Stripe

We do still accept payments with Stripe. Some of our organizers, however, have experienced difficulty with Stripe’s Acceptable Use Policy and so we cannot recommend them at this time. The setup for Stripe is similar to the PayPal setup. Start with “Connect to Stripe” from your Control Panel.