All of these brackets are in PDF format. The smaller brackets are for letter-sized (8.5″ x 11″), but should adapt easily to A4. The larger brackets are “Super B” (13″ x 19″), but should adapt easily to A3 or tabloid paper. Lower brackets show their structure in the notation explained here, or in the file name (with “v” replacing “|”).
I haven’t, so far at least, gone in for formats other than the base formats for the powers of two. All of the supplied upper brackets have seeding lines that can do double duty as guides for the allocation of byes. Thus, if you require a bracket for a 27-team event, you can use a 32-team bracket and enter byes on the seeding lines numbered 28, 29, 30, 31, and 32.
If you need something you don’t see here, feel free to request it, either by leaving a comment, or by sending me email. I can’t promise to supply everything requested, but I will try to improve the page by adding formats that readers actually find useful.
Upper bracket, use for single-elimination or as winners bracket for either of the lowers: 16upper
Lower (losers) bracket, shifted to save a round and improve fairness: 16lowershift (A.B.C.D.|.X)
Lower (losers) bracket, the traditional unshifted version, fairer for seeded tourneys: 16lowerus (A.B.|.C.|.D.X)
Upper bracket, use for single elimination or as winners bracket for any of the lowers: 32upper
Lower (losers) bracket, ED shifted to save a round, fairest design for blind draw tourney: 32lowerde (A.B.|.C.D.E.|.X)
Lower (losers) bracket, early CD shift saves a round, but a little less fair than the ED shift. Use as consolation if there’s no E drop: 32lowercd (A.B.C.D.|.|.E.X). Here’s the consolation version, obtained by simply removing the E and X rounds (which makes it (A.B.C.D.|.|)): 32ABCDvv
Lower (losers) bracket, the traditional unshifted version, fairer for seeded tourneys: 32lowerus (A.B.|.C.|.D.|.E.X)
Upper bracket, use for single-elimination or as a winners bracket: 64upper
Lower consolation bracket, with multiple shifts: 64ABCDvEFv
Lower, full double elimination with recharge, unshifted: 64ABvCvDvEvFXR
Upper bracket, use for single-elimination or as a winners bracket: 128upper
Lower, full double elimination with recharge, multiple shifts: 128ABvCDEvFGvXR