This event is a 10-round FIDE-rated open tournament with no
grading sections; instead all players play in the same
section and generous grading prizes have been added.
Pairings: Pairings for all rounds will be made
according to FIDE swiss pairing rules.
Time Control: All moves in 25 minutes plus a 10
second increment per move from move1.
All players, regardless of nationality, must be
Silver ECF members or pay an additional £7 ECF
Grades: Rapidplay ECF
grades published in the July 2015 list will be used for this
event. For players without a current ECF Rapidplay grade,
the following grades / ratings will be used instead:
(1) ECF standard play
(2) FIDE rapid
(3) FIDE standard
(4) Other national rating
Byes: Up to two half-point byes can be taken between
rounds 1-9 provided they are requested before the end of the
Prize Fund (Guaranteed):
1st £2,500 2nd £1,500 3rd £1,000 4th - 5th £750 6th - 7th
2201-2300 £250, £150, £75
2101-2200 £250, £150, £75
2001-2100 £250, £150, £75
1901-2000 £250, £150, £75
1801-1900 £250, £150, £75
1701-1800 £250, £150, £75
<1700 £250, £150, £75
U-120 & Unrated £250, £150, £75
Junior Prizes £500, £250, £100
Women’s Prizes £500, £250, £100
All free entries must be received by Friday 27 November or a
late fee will be applied.
*Free entry applies to UK residents only
is a combined tournament with players of all ages in one
section. Players’ ages are not taken into consideration
for the purposes of pairing two players against one
another in any round.
Entries, accompanied by the entry fee,
should be sent to:
Chess in Schools,
44 Baker Street,
London, W1U 7RT.
In the event of
a tie on any scoregroup, the prize money will be shared.
However, there will be a blitz playoff to determine the
overall Champion. The exact format of this playoff will
be determined once the number of players in the
tie-break is determined.
is only open to players who are ECF Silver, Gold or
Platinum members. Players can become members via the ECF
may refuse an entry without
giving a reason. Entries
will be limited to 100.
If entering before
If entering on
£10 Late Entry
discretion) for entries
First (Overall) £250; Age Category £50.
Second (Overall) £100; Age Category £30.
Third (Overall) £50; Age Category £20.
The Age Category prizes are awarded to
the highest scoring player in the following age groups:
Under 18, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8 (age at September 1st
2015). No players may win more than one prize.
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ECF Membership: Gold Membership of the English Chess
Federation is compulsory for English players playing in the
FIDE Open, and FIDE-rated sections of the Weekday Classic.
Silver membership, regardless of nationality, is required
for all players in the Super Rapidplay Open, the U135
section of the Weekday tournament and the U120 section of
the Weekend Classic, or a £7 pay-to-play fee per event
Join the ECF: 01424 775 222 or
Non English players in all FIDE rated events must provide
their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) at the time of entry.
If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your federation
Ratings/Gradings: FIDE Ratings from the December 2015
list will be used to determine section eligibility for all
FIDE rated sections. Standard ECF grades published in the
July 2015 list will be used for section eligibility in all
non-FIDE rated sections. Rapidplay ECF grades published in
the August 2015 list will be used for the Super Rapidplay
Open tournament. Unless stated otherwise, ECF to FIDE
conversion of FIDE = (ECF*7.5)+700 will be used for
pairings, prizes and section eligibility.
Prizes & Tie-breaks: No player may win more than one
prize in any section. In the event of a shared place prize,
all prize money will be split equally. In the event of a
shared rating or grading prize, the prize shall be won by
the lowest rated player involved in the tie.
Watching the London Chess Classic: All competitors
will have access to the Auditorium and Commentary room free
of charge only if space permits and after tickets have been
sold on the day. To guarantee access at the weekend,
tournament entrants should purchase a ticket. There will
also be live coverage of the main event on screens in the
Mobile phones and anti-cheating measures: Mobile
phones must be switched off in the playing hall. Competitors
should avoid bringing phones into the playing area (a free
staffed cloakroom is provided). You will be immediately
defaulted if your phone makes any sound during play.
Parental Responsibility: Parents or guardians are
responsible for their children during the tournament. The
organisers and helpers are not able to act “in loco
parentis” and are not able to take responsibility for any
child’s actions, or for the actions of anyone that may
affect your child.
Liability: The organisers accept no responsibility
for any loss, theft or accident during the tournament.
Right to refuse entry: The tournament controller
reserves the right to refuse entry without being required to
state a reason. The tournament controller also reserves the
right to transfer players between tournaments at any time.
Pairings: For all events, pairings will be made
according to FIDE Swiss pairing rules.
Disputes: Decisions of an arbiter may be appealed to
the appeals committee provided that
Such appeal is received within 30
minutes of the arbiter’s decision.
Such appeal is accompanied by an appeal
fee of £25 which will be returned if the appeal is
successful. The appeals committee’s decision is final
and binding in all matters.
Withdrawals: No refund can be given to any person
withdrawing from, or not turning up to, any event. No part
refund will be given to anyone wishing to withdraw while the
tournament is still in progress. Full refunds will be given
up to Friday 27 November; between 28 November and the start
of the event a £20 admin fee for all refunds will apply.
Refreshments: There will be a full range of
refreshments at the venue as well as a good range of cafes
and restaurants in the local area. Please note food
purchased outside of Olympia will not be allowed into the
Further information: Please click
here (tournament information) or
www.olympia.co.uk (venue information).
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