Tournament, January 30, 2016

A five round rapid swiss tournament with half of entry fees ($15) supporting the club and the other half forming the prize fund.

Where: 3rd floor, 91 Albert St.
Date: Saturday January 30, 2016
Time: Registration closes at 1pm, pairings announced shortly after. Doors open at noon for setup, registration and casual play.

Entry fee: $15

Time control: 15 minutes + 5 second delay

Prizes: to be based on entries. 75% of prize fund will go towards overall prizes, 25% will be used as under prizes for the bottom 1/3 of the field, unless there are few low rated players, in which case adjustments will be made. See further details below. Additional prize sponsors welcome, please contact us

Parking: See this parking guide . The two hour street meters (first two hours free) are not advised as we’ll have tight starts between rounds. Save the hassle and park in a lot.

Tournament specific rules

  1. Touch move. Will not be enforced strictly for castling. (proper way is to move the king first)
  2. Cell phone ban. First instance, game in progress or next round is forfeited, next instance, out of tournament. We welcome players in the vicinity of a cell phone going off to pause their clock and to help point the arbiter in the direction of the infraction.
  3. The first illegal move made will result in a one minute penalty (if claimed), unless either player has less than 4 minutes on their clock, in which case the illegal move immediately results in a loss if claimed. Second illegal move will always result in a loss. Arbiters will not point out illegal moves as per FIDE laws of chess, a claim should be made. We will not penalize a player for claiming a win for illegal move if they capture a king illegally left in check. (but you really should just pause the clock and claim the win that way)
  4. Regarding 50 move (since pawn move or any capture) and 3 move repetition draws: games are not required to be recorded as per FIDE laws of chess Appendix A.4.b and we don’t recommend doing so. As such, we don’t expect that anyone is going to claim these kinds of draws by writing the relevant move down down prior to making the claim as per FIDE laws of chess 9.2.a and 9.3a. But, it is permissible to pause the clock and attempt a draw claim on your own turn as per FIDE laws of chess 9.2b and 9.3b if you believe your opponents previous move was the 50th move or later or has created the third or later repetition for a position. Because there is no writing of the moves by the players and no assistant arbiter or fancy e-board recording the games to help us evaluate such claims, we will resolve them as follows. i) if your opponent agrees with the draw claim, the matter is so resolved, if  not ii)  an arbiter or a designated assistant watching the game can deem the claim valid or invalid by their own observation, claims that are denied by not in the opinion of the arbiter made in bad faith will not be penalized,  or iii) if the arbiter or designated assistant is not watching the game, the arbiter should be notified that a draw claim was made but not agreed up, and play will continue with an arbiter or assistant to continue watching it there after. The arbiter and assistant’s will also endeavor to declare games drawn as per FIDE laws of chess 9.6 if by their own observations there have been 75 or more moves without a pawn move or capture or 5 or more repetitions of position.

Detailed cash prize allocation formula

Half of entries will go to prizes. Prize fund will be divided into a overall leaders pool and under prize pool if at least 5 under 1600 CFC and/or CFC unrated players are registered. Otherwise, the entire prize fund will be for overall leaders.

The under prize pool will be for lowest ranked 1/3 of field, at our discretion we made move the cut-off line a few places to reflect rating clusters.

Under prize elligibility for players without CFC ratings but with ratings from other over the board settings will be determined by the tournament directory.

If there are two prize pools, they will be composed as follows:

1st place will take up to the first $50 in available funds
2nd place will take up to the next $20
3rd place will take up to the next $10
The next $30 will be allocated 50% to 1st, 25% to 2nd, 25% to 3rd.
The next $10 will go to forth
Any remaining proportionally equally between 1st-4th
1st place under prize for bottom 1/3 will take up first $25
2nd place under prize will take up next $15
Next $5 will go to first place under
Any remaining under prize monies will be allocated equally to 1st and 2nd under
If there is only one pool (due to few under 1600 entries), the same overall prize rule above will absorb the entire pool

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