Rules


Ballarat Chess Club Tournament Rules

Updated: 14/02/15

  1. General Tournament Rules: FIDE rules of play will be adhered to unless a club specific rule is in place, in which case the local club rule would prevail.
  2. Recording Games: All games must be recorded for tournaments where the time allowed is greater than 30 minutes per player (ignoring time increments).
  3. Rate of Play – Games must be played using clocks with a built in automatic time increment facility. Depending on the type of tournament, the following times will be allowed:
    3.1 Classical Tournaments: Each player will have 90 minutes plus 30 second increments for each move played. These events are the Spielvogel Memorial Tournament, Club Championship, Teters Memorial Tournament and the Koelle Tournament.
    3.2 Rapid Play: Each player will have 20 minutes plus 10 second increments for each move played.
    3.3 Blitz: Each player will have 5 minutes.
  4. Playing Time: Unless other arrangements are made in advance all games are to be played on the scheduled regular club meeting night commencing at 8pm. If a player is unable to attend they must advise their opponent or the Tournament Director by no later than 6pm on the scheduled day. Players who are unable to attend on a scheduled night should play games at a time acceptable to their opponent.
    4.1 Swiss Tournaments: Games must be completed prior to the commencement of the next round in the tournament.
    4.2 Round Robin Tournaments: Games must be completed within one week after the final round of the tournament.
    4.3 Unfinished Games: The player who was originally absent will be deemed to have lost the game. If both players were originally absent then the game will be declared lost for both players.
  5. Adjournments: Every attempt should be made to complete the game in a single session. A player with a valid reason may request an adjournment. That may be granted either by the Tournament Director or by agreement with their opponent. The onus will be on the player requesting the adjournment to see the game is completed at a time acceptable to the opponent. All adjourned games must be completed as provided for in Rule 4 or the player requesting the adjournment will be deemed to have lost the game. Any adjourned games should be 'sealed' as provided for in the FIDE rules.
  6. Late Arrival: If a player is late to the start of the round without prior notification, their opponent may start the clock at the time scheduled to start the round. The game will be considered a default at the earlier of time running out, or 30 minutes after the commencement of the round.
  7. Defaults: If a player defaults more than half of their games in a particular tournament, then all their games will be annulled for the purpose of determining the results of the tournament.
  8. Byes: In all tournaments any player who has a bye will receive half a point.
  9. Rating of Games: All completed Classic tournament games will be submitted to Chess Victoria for rating purposes.
  10. Prizes: There will be prizes available for Classic tournaments and also the Rapid Play and Blitz champions. These prizes will be as per the prior year unless otherwise determined at the annual general meeting or a committee meeting.
  11. Unrated Players: If there are unrated players they will be seeded into their estimated rating order by the Tournament Director, based on recent results and anticipated playing strength. This order will be used to determine their place in the relevant tournament being played.
  12. Tournament Specific Rules: The following rules apply to specific tournaments;
    12.1 Club Championship: The championship will be competed for in 2 separate divisions of A grade and B grade over a maximum of 11 weeks. Provided there are at least 8 players there will be two separate concurrent tournaments held.  Eligibility for A and B grade will be determined based upon current ACF rating and after unrated players are seeded by the Tournament Director. The only exception will be that the winner of the B grade championship in the immediate prior year will have the option, but not the obligation, to compete in the A grade division. If that option is not taken up then it will be lost.
    12.1.1 A Grade: This division will be limited to 12 players and competed for as a round robin event.
    12.1.2 B Grade: This division will be competed for by all players not included in the A grade division
    12.1.3 High number of entries: If there are  more than 24 players then the A grade will be competed for by 12 players and the remainder will compete for the B grade. In that case the B grade will be competed for as an 11 round Swiss tournament. If a majority of the players competing in the B grade division agree then this division will be split and played as 2 round robin events with the winners playing off.
    12.1.4 Low number of entries: If the total number of players is less than 8 then a single tournament will be played in a double round robin format. The B grade title will be awarded to the highest scoring player in the lower half of the field.
    12.1.5 Tie at end of Tournament: If there is a tie for either division for the purpose of determining a champion then there will be a one game play-off between the players. If more than two players are involved there will be one game played against each player. Colours will be the opposite of the encounter of those two players in the tournament, or by lot if there was no previous encounter. If there is still a tie after the play-off, then further single games will be played between any tied players until an outright winner is decided, with colours alternating for each successive game. The time control for all games will be as set down in rule 4. If a play-off is not finalised by the end of the championship calendar year then the champion will be decided by a 'toss of the coin' conducted by the committee.
    12.2 Spielvogel Memorial Tournament: This will be a single division 7 round Swiss tournament. In the event of a tie, there will be joint winners for the title.
    12.3 Teters Memorial Tournament: This will be a single division 7 round Swiss tournament. In the event of a tie, there will be joint winners for the title.
    12.4 Koelle Tournament:The Koelle Tournament will be competed for as 2 separate divisions of A grade and B grade over a maximum of 7 weeks. Each division will be run as a round robin. Provided there are at least 8 players there will be two separate concurrent tournaments held  Eligibility for A and B grade will be determined based upon current ACF rating and after unrated players are seeded by the Tournament Director.
    12.4.1 A Grade: This division will be limited to 8 players and competed for as a round robin event.
    12.4.2 B Grade: This division will be based on the players not included in the A grade division.
    12.4.3 High number of entries: In the event that there are more than 16 players in total, the A grade division will be competed for by 8 players and the remainder will compete for the B grade.  In that case the B grade will be competed for as a 7 round Swiss tournament. If a majority of the players competing in the B grade division agree then this division will be split and played as 2 round robin events with the winners playing off.
    12.4.4 Low number of entries: If the total number of players is less than 8, then a single tournament will be played in a double round robin format. The B grade title being awarded to the highest scoring player in the lower half of the field.
    12.4.5 Tie at end of tournament: In the event players are tied at the end of either tournament, there will be joint winners of the title.
    12.5 Rapid Play Tournaments: There will be 3 tournaments played and each one will be a single 6 round Swiss tournament over two consecutive club evenings with 3 games each night.
    12.5.1 Rapid Play Champion: The player with the highest total points of their two best Rapid play tournaments will win the title for the year. If there is a tie then there will be joint winners of the title.
    12.6 Blitz Tournaments: There will be 5 tournaments played and each will be a 7 round Swiss tournament.
    12.6.1 Blitz Championship: The player with the highest total points of their best three Blitz tournaments will be awarded the title of Ernest Greenhalgh Blitz Champion. If there is a tie then there will be joint winners of the title.
  13. Unexpected Circumstances or Ambiguities: In the event that a situation arises not covered by these rules or if there are any ambiguities or inconsistencies then the club committee members available at that event will resolve the matter. The decision of the club committee will be final.
 

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