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CHESS

I. TOURNAMENT RULES

The tournament shall be governed by FIDE Laws of Chess (July 2009) and those stated
in the following ground rules:

A. CHESS SHALL BE PLAYED AS A TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION IN
BOTH STANDARD AND BLITZ.
1. One(1) team for the Boys and one(1) team for the Girls in the Elementary Level
2. One(1) team for the Boys and one(1) team for the Girls in the Secondary Level
3. Each team shall be composed of two players and a coach

B. THE 7-ROUND SWISS SYSTEM SHALL BE ADOPTED
1. The number of games per day shall be 1-2-1-2-1, followed by BLITZ on the third day
of round 4

The Swiss Manager Pairing Program shall be used. (BARRED OR FORBIDDEN
PAIRING for STANDARD AND BLITZ
Note: Protest in pairing shall not be entertained.

C. THE INITIAL RANKING OF PLAYERS WILL BE BASED ON THE NCFP RATING LIST,
UNRATED PLAYERS WILL BE RANKED ALPHABETICALLY.

D. NOTATION:
Recording of moves is compulsory. A draw on repetition of position and 50 move rule
can only be claimed if the moves are recorded on the sheet of the player claiming the
draw.

1. A player who neglects to write down more than one move will be warned by the
arbiter. If the same violation is committed after a warning was given, a 3 minutes
extra time will be added to his opponent’s time. for the 3
rd
violation, he will
declared loser by forfeiture.

E. CHESSCLOCK:
1. Use of chess clock is compulsory.
2. The hand used in moving pieces shall also be the one used in pressing the clock.
3. It is the responsibility of the player to inform the Arbiter that the flag of his
opponent has fallen down.

F. THERE SHALL BE SEPARATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS IN
EACH DIVISION:

1. Team: STANDARD BLITZ
Secondary – Boys and Girls Secondary – Boys and Girls
Elementary – Boys and Girls Elementary – Boys and Girls
* Team Championship – Add the scores of 2 players in the Region.
*A Region/Team with one player can play for individual event but will have
no chance in the Team Event.

2. Individual: STANDARD BLITZ
Secondary – Boys and Girls Secondary – Boys and Girls
Elementary – Boys and Girls Elementary – Boys and Girls
* Individual Championship – The standing of the players after the games and
breaking ties.

G. EACH TEAM IS REQUIRED TO BRING ATLEAST ONE (1) CHESS CLOCK AND ONE
(1) CHESS BOARD TO BE DEPOSITED AND WITHDRAWN FROM THE EQUIPMENT
STOREKEEPER BEFORE AND AFTER EACH ROUND (EUREKA CHESS SET)
NOTE: This rule maybe waived if the organizer/host Region can provide all
the equipment.

H. PLAYERS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT THEIR PALARO ID’s BEFORE THE
START OF EACH ROUND. USE OF UNIFORM SHALL BE MANDATORY IN THE 1ST
AND LAST ROUND.

I. PLAYERS ANNOYING OR CAUSING DISTURBING ACTS, SUCH AS TAPPING THE
CHESS TABLE OR WHISTLING, ETC., SHALL BE GIVEN WARNING AND FORFEIT
THEIR GAMES AFTER THEY CONTINUE TO COMMIT SUCH DISTURBING ACT.

J. PLAYERS, COACHES AND SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE POST GAME
ANALYSIS, PLAY AGAINST OTHER COACHES /SPECTATORS/PLAYERS OR DISCUSS
FINISHED OR UNFINISHED GAMES WITHIN 10 METERS RADIUS OF THE PLAYING
AREA.

K. PLAYERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT AND DRINK AT THE PLAYING AREA WHILE
THE GAME IS IN PROGRESS. THEY MAY ASK THE PERMISSION OF THE CHESS
OFFICIAL TO LEAVE THE PLAYING AREA FOR THIS PURPOSE ON THEIR OWN
TIME.

L. PLAYERS WHO HAVE FINISHED THEIR GAMES SHOULD LEAVE THE PLAYING AREA
IMMEDIATELY AFTER SIGNING THEIR SCORE SHEET AND RETURNING THE
EQUIPMENT TO THE OFFICIALS.

M. PLAYERS MUST OBSERVE PROPER DRESS CODE WHILE PLAYING,
THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED:
A. USE OF SLIPPERS B. USING SHORT PANTS


II. RULES AND REGULATIONS

A. STANDARD CHESS
1. Time control shall be (1) hour with (30) seconds increment per move to finish the
game using the digital clock.
2. Recording of moves in algebraic notation is mandatory throughout the game.
3. Illegal moves (penalty) touch moves rules also follow, 2 minutes plus for good
players. Another 2 minutes for the second offense and lost by forfeiture of the
game for the 3
rd
offense.
4. The defaulting time is 30 minutes after the official start of each round. The wall
clock inside the playing area shall be official clock during the tournament.

B. BLITZ CHESS

1. Time control shall be (3) three minutes with (2) seconds increment per move for
each player to finish the game using the digital clock.

2. PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL MOVES:

2.1 Major Offenses i.e. wrong movement of piece: exposing the king to an
attack; capturing the opponent’s king; and non-replacement of piece for
promotion shall be penalized by immediate loss of the game.

2.2 Minor Offenses i.e. using two hands in making a move displacement piece/s on
the chess board used of forced pressing the chess clock shall be penalized by
oral warning on the first offense and loss of the game on the second offense.

C. GAME POINTS SCORING SYSTEM

A player is credited 1 point for a win, .5 for a draw, and 0 for a loss.

D. TIE BREAKS

The following Tie break systems (in descending order of priority shall be adopted
to determine the final ranking.

1. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1.1 Direct Encounter
1.2 Buchholz System
1.3Median Buchholz
1.4S.B. System
1.5More number of wins (Forfeit Counted)

2. TEAM RESULTS

2.1 Combined Buchholz Tie Breaks of the members of the Team
2.2Combined Median Buchholz Tie Breaks of the members of the Team
2.3Combined S.B. Tie Breaks of the members of the Team
2.4Combined Numbers of Wins of the Members of the Team
2.5Score of highest rank players

3. IN CASE OF TIES AFTER APPLYING ALL THE TIE BREAK SYSTEM ABOVE A
SUDDEN DEATH MATCH (ARMAGEDON) WILL BE PLAYED TO RESOLVE
THE TIE.


III. TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AND APPEALS COMMITTEE

A. The Tournament Chief Arbiter shall be ___________________

B. The decision of the Chief Arbiter on a Point of Law is Final.

C. Any Appeal or Protest on the decision of the Chief Arbiter on a point of Fact must be
submitted by the player and the team Coach in writing not more than 30 minutes
after the conclusion of the game in Question.

D. The members of the appeals committee are the coaches of all the top five (5) rank
teams before the start of the round in question of the other division for the boys
secondary division shall be composed of the teams of the girls’ secondary division.

E. If a committee member is from the same region of the involve party next team in rank
shall take place, and so on.

F. All deliberations of the appeals committee shall be presided by Technical Consultant
and Tournament Manager _________________________ of Department of Education who shall
have no voting power.

G. The decision of the appeals committee on a point of fact is final

IV. IRREGULARITIES AND PENALTIES

A. Use of mobile phones and other means of electronic communications inside the
playing area are strictly prohibited. Players with mobile phones must turn them off
while playing. A player who will violate this rule shall be given an oral warning on the
first offense and shall LOSE his/her game by forfeiture on the second game.

B. A team whose member is giving unsolicited advice or assistance to his teammate while
the games are in progress shall lose their match by forfeiture.


V. COLLATILLA.
A. All other matters not covered in this rules shall be decided by the Chess
Technical Committee.

B. The Organizer (Tournament Committee) reserves the right to amend or alter any
provision of the above mentioned Rules and Regulations for the success and interest
of the tournament.