Rules – Open

  1. This active chess tournament, in which each player will have 20 minutes per game with 5 extra seconds per play, will be played by Swiss System to nine rounds between 16th and 17th March 2019.
  2. The venue for the tournament will be the Ikastola Paz de Ziganda (Villava, Navarra).
  3. The schedule of the game rounds will be as follows:
    • March 16th: 11-11’50 h., 1st round; 12’05-12’55 h., 2nd round; 13’10-14’00 h., 3rd round; 17-17’50 h., 4th round; 18.05-18.55 h .; 5th round and 19’10-20’00 h. 6th round.
    • March 17th: 10’15-11.05 h., 7th round; 11’20-12’10 h., 8th round and 12’25-13’15 h., 9th round.
  4. The double absence of a player or an unjustified absence will cause their elimination from the tournament. It will be Organization’s decision whether to eliminate the player who does not appear in the first round. It is considered absece to a game to reach to the board with more than 10 minutes of delay on the start of the game.
  5. A player could request up to 3 byes (the player is not paired and is rewarded with 0.5 points) for rounds 1-7. A bye for a particular round must be requested before the previous round is finished. In case the bye were for round 1, it must be requested during the registration process.
  6. For the first round pairings, players will be ranked according to their international rating. If they do not have international rating, then according to the national or regional rating and, lastly, in alphabetical order.
  7. During the course of the first round, four players will be appointed to serve on the Appeal Committee, two of whom will serve as alternates for those conflicts in which a holder is involved.
  8. Any claim to an arbitration award shall be addressed to the Appeal Committee in writing and not later than one-quarter of an hour after the end of the round in which the disputed event occurred. The decisions of the said Committee will be firm for all purposes.
  9. The Appeals Committee will be composed of:
    • Two starters and two alternates.
    • The Tournament Director (alternate: organization representative), who will act as President.
  10. No analysis will be allowed in the game room.
  11. Participants are advised to notify an arbitrator when they are away from the game room during their matches.
  12. Pairs, which will be done with computer software, will be displayed in the game room.
  13. Claims to the pairing will only be taken in case the item subject to the claim involves (this claim must be done no more than five minutes after it has been made public):
    • Facing the same rival for the second time
    • Play the same color for the third consecutive time (except in the last round)
    • Play with one color three times more than with the other (except in the last round).
  14. The registration fee must be paid to the organizers before or during the first round, and the participants who do not comply with this requirement can be eliminated from the tournament.
  15. Ties in the final classification will be solved by the following systems and in the order they are expressed:
    1. Bucholz excepting the worst rival
    2. Average rating performance of opponents.
    3. Total Bucholz.
    4. Number of victories.
  16. Prizes will be awarded in full according to the position occupied in the final classification. In the event that a player obtains more than one prize, he / she will waive any minor prize(s). In case the prizes were of the same amount, the prize of greater entity will be delivered (a main prize is of greater entity than a special prize).
  17. For the awards by elo , the FIDE elo rating of classic chess will be taken into account. In case of not having FIDE elo, the FEDA elo will be taken.
  18. This tournament will be governed by the in force regulations of the F.I.D.E. All participants are subjected to these regulations during the course of the competition.
  19. No report will be submitted to FIDE for evaluation.
  20. Participants in the tournament authorize the publication of their relevant personal data (lists of results, classifications, participants, games, etc.) in the different media that the organization deems appropriate for the necessary dissemination of the event.
  21. The organization reserves the right to refuse any registration.
  22. Registration in the tournament implies acceptance of the present rules.
  23. These rules and the information in the web are valid except for typographical errors.