We propose a novel approach that allows efficient numerical simulation of systems consisting of flexible chain molecules. The method is especially suitable for the numerical simulation of dense chain systems and monolayers. A new type of Monte Carlo move is introduced that makes it possible to carry out large scale conformational changes of the chain molecule in a single trial move. Our scheme is based on the selfavoiding random walk algorithm of Rosenbluth and Rosenbluth. As an illustration, we compare the results of a calculation of mean-square end to end lengths for single chains on a two-dimensional square lattice with corresponding data gained from other simulations. © 1992 Taylor and Francis Ltd.