Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London

 

Super Rapidplay Open Tournament (including Elite Players!)

 

Players register online here  

or

   

Free Entry for U25's born on or after 6/12/1989 and Women* - GMs and IMs.

 

*UK residents only

 

Early Bird Entry: Adults £40 (if entering on or before 17 October).

Standard Entry: Adults £50 (if entering on or after 18 October)

£10 Late Entry Fee for entries received after Friday 28 November.

 

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14      
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun      
1 6               12.00 - 13.10 East Hall  
2 7               14.00 - 15.10 East Hall  
3 8               15.30 - 16.40 East Hall  
4 9               17.00 - 18.10 East Hall  
5 10               18.30 - 19.40 East Hall  

 

Prize Fund (Guaranteed): 1st £8,000, 2nd £5,000, 3rd £4,000, 4th £3,000, 5th £2,000, 6th - 8th £500 each.

 

 
   

Grading Prizes: U2000 £250, £150, £75 U1900 £100, £50 U1800 £250, £150, £75 U1700 £100, £50 U-120 £250, £150, £75 Junior Prizes £500, £250, £100 Women’s Prizes £500, £250, £100.

 

The Super Rapidplay 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. This event will feature all of the players who are taking part in the main event of the London Chess Classic along with many GMs and IMs.

 

Pairings: In the first round, the six super Grandmasters from the London Chess Classic will be paired against junior players who have been selected from a qualifying junior tournament. Pairings for all other rounds will be made according to FIDE swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Master computer program.

 

Time Control: All moves in 25 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move from move 1.

 

Default time: 10 minutes after scheduled start time.

 

 

All players, regardless of nationality, must be Silver ECF members or pay an additional £6 ECF Pay-to-Play fee.

 

 

Grades: Rapidplay ECF grades published in the August 2014 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 previous round.

 


 

FIDE Open

 

Players register online here  

or

   

Free Entry for U25's born on or after 6/12/1989 and Women* - GMs and IMs.

 

*UK residents only

 

Early Bird Entry (if entering on or before 17 Oct): Players rated over 2200 £75,  under 2200 £100, unrated Players £125.

Standard Entry (if entering on or after 18 Oct): Players rated over 2200 £100,  under 2200 £125, unrated Players £150.

£25 Late Entry Fee for entries received after Friday 28 November.

 

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14      
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun      
    1 2 3 4 5     16.30 - 21.30 East Hall  
              6 8 10.30 - 15.30 East Hall  
              7 9 16.30 - 21.30 East Hall  

 

Who Can Enter?: Anyone can enter the FIDE Open. The organisers will invite a minimum of 12 Grandmasters.

 

 

English players must be Gold ECF members. Non English players must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your own federation for a FIN.

 

 

Prize Fund (Guaranteed): 1st £2,500, 2nd £2,000, 3rd £1,500, 4th £1,000, 5th - 8th £500 each.

 

Rating Prizes: U2300 £250, £150, £100 U2200 £250, £150, £100 U2000 £250, £150, £100 Unrated £150, £100 Junior Prize £250, £150, £100 Women’s Prize £250.

 

 
   

Byes: Untitled players can take up to 3 half-point byes between rounds 1-8 provided they are requested before the end of the previous round.

 

The three highest placed eligible players in the FIDE Rated Open not already qualified will qualify for the 2015 British Championships.

 

Time Control: All moves in 105 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move from move 1.

 

Default time: 1 hour after scheduled start time.

 

Pairings will be according to FIDE swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Master computer program.

 

Tournament Organiser: Sean Hewitt, IA IO: festival@londonchessclassic.com

 


 

Weekend Classic (FIDE rated) Open / U2000 / U1800 / 120 (ECF Graded Section)

 

Players register online here  

or

   

FREE Entry for U25's born on or after 6/12/1989 and Women*

 

*UK residents only

 

Early Bird Entry: Adults £30 (if entering on or before 17 October).

Standard Entry: Adults £40 (if entering on or after 18 October).

£10 Late Entry Fee for entries received after Friday 28 November.

 

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14      
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun      
            1     18.30 - 22.30 East Hall  
              2 4 10.30 - 14.30 East Hall  
              3 5 16.30 - 20.30 East Hall  

 

Prizes (in each section): 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.

 

Grading Prizes: U2200 £100, £50 | U1900 £100, £50 | U1700 £100, £50 | U100 £100, £50

 

Time Control: All moves in 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move from move 1.

 

Default time: 1 hour after the scheduled start time.

 

 

FIDE rated sections English players must be Gold ECF members. Non English players must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your own federation for a FIN.

 

In the U120 (non-FIDE rated) section, all players regardless of nationality, must be Silver ECF members or pay an additional £6 ECF Pay-to-Play fee.

 

 

Sections: FIDE rated players may play in the U2000 or U1800 if they are rated below those levels irrespective of ECF grade. Players without a FIDE rating may play in the U2000 or U1800 provided they have an ECF grade below 175 or 150 respectively.

 

Byes: A half point bye can be taken in rounds 1-4 provided it is requested before the end of the previous round.

 

The highest placed eligible player in the Open section of the Weekend Classic not already qualified will qualify for the 2015 British Championships.

 


 

Weekday Classic 2 sections - FIDE U2000 & ECF U135

 

Players register online here  

or

   

FREE Entry for U25's born on or after 6/12/1989 and Women*

 

*UK residents only

 

Early Bird Entry: Adults £30 (if entering on or before 17 October).

Standard Entry: Adults £40 (if entering on or after 18 October).

£10 Late Entry Fee for entries received after Friday 28 November.

 

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14      
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun      
    1 2 3 4 5     16.30 - 21.30 East Hall  

 

Prize Fund: (Guaranteed in each section) 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.

 

FIDE U2000: Who can Enter? Anyone rated under 2000 FIDE (or National Elo). Those without an Elo rating wishing to play in this section must have an ECF grade under 175.

 

 

In the U2000 section English players must be Gold ECF members. Non English players must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your own federation for a FIN.

 

 

ECF U135: Who can Enter? Anyone rated under 135 ECF, or 1730 Elo (FIDE/National).

 

 

In the U135 (non-FIDE rated) section, all players regardless of nationality, must be Silver ECF members or pay an additional £6 ECF Pay-to-Play fee.

 

 

Time Control: 90 mins for 40 moves + 30 mins for all remaining moves, with a 30 second increment starting at move 1.

 

Default time: 1 hour after the scheduled start time.

 

Byes: Players can take a ½ pt bye between rounds 1-4 provided they are requested before the end of the previous round.

 

Pairings will be according to FIDE swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Master computer program.

 


 

Further Information

 

 
   

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. Non English players in these 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 for one.

 

Silver membership, regardless of nationality, is required for all players in all other events (Super Classic Rapidplay, Weekday Classic U135, U120 section of the Weekend Classic), or a £6 pay-to-play fee per event applies.

 

Join the ECF: 01424 775 222 or www.englishchess.org.uk

 

Ratings/Gradings: FIDE Ratings from the December 2014 list will be used to determine section eligibility for all FIDE rated sections. Standard ECF grades published in the August 2014 list will be used for section eligibility in all non-FIDE rated sections. Rapidplay ECF grades published in the August 2014 list will be used for the Super Rapidplay tournament.

 

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 ensure access at the weekend, tournament entrants should purchase a ticket. There will also be live coverage of the main event on screens in the foyer. Mobile Phones:

 

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.

 

Organiser 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 according to FIDE swiss pairing rules, using the Swiss Master computer program.

 

Disputes: Decisions of an arbiter (except decisions under article 10.2) may be appealed to the appeals committee provided that (i) Such appeal is received within 30 minutes of the arbiter’s decision. (ii) Such appeal is accompanied by an appeal fee of £10 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 28 November; between 29 November and the start of the event a £10 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 venue.

 

For further information: Please visit www.londonchessclassic.com (tournament information) or www.olympia.co.uk (venue information).

 

Still got a question? All tournament related questions - Sean Hewitt (FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter): festival@londonchessclassic.com.

 

 

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