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Club Championship

FIDE and ACF rated

Nine rounds - 14 February to 9 May 2017

Congratulations 2017 Club Champion Max Illingworth and other division winners and placegetters.

Championship: 1st Max Illingworth; 2nd Jason Hu; 3rd Michael Morris
Candidates: 1st Stephen Ireland; =2nd Patrick Champion and Max Mikkelson
Division A: =1st Pertti Sirkka and Paul Glissan (Pertti wins division on tie-break); 3rd Michael Gong
Division B: 1st Frank Low; =2nd Dale Tweedie, Stephen Forrest, David James, Shane Dibley and Chris Sparks
Division C: 1st Adam Mazay; 2nd Michael Roh; 3rd Ivan Case
Division D: 1st Timothy Leong; 2nd Ralph Shaw; =3rd Andrew Johnson, David Cook, Hans Schwandl, Norman Greenwood, Andrew Coey and Gary Armstrong
Division E: = 1st Scott O’Callaghan and Jonas Sze-To (Scott wins division on tie-break); 3rd Toby Huey 

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The Club championship Blitz will be played on 7 February. For information go to click here

Divisions: The Championship, Candidates and Divisions A, B, C and D will be FIDE rated round-robin groups of up to ten players. Another division will be run as a Swiss tournament with pairings generated by Vega). ACF Classic ratings will be used to guide selection into divisions (or FIDE Standard ratings where players do not have an ACF Classic rating).

Eligibility and entry: Current financial members of Norths Chess Club + $10 entry fee. Entries close on Friday 10 February 2017. CLICK HERE to enter or HERE to download a PDF entry form.

Format: Single round robin, except for the Swiss Division. The top 6 divisions will be round robin sections of 10 players each and will be both ACF and FIDE rated. The remaining players will compete in a 9 round ACF rated Swiss tournament. The number of divisions has been based on the entry numbers for the 2016 club championships and the organisers reserve the right to vary the number of round robin divisions based on the actual entry numbers for the 2017 event.

Time controls

  • Round-robin divisions: 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from move 1.
  • Swiss division: 60 minutes plus 30 seconds per move from move 1.

Draw and table allocations: Are detailed on a draw sheet and crosstable provided to each participant and displayed at the club. The first listed player has the white pieces. 

Forfeiture time: One hour after the commencement of the round (at the Arbiter's discretion). 

Postponements and byes

Players in round-robin divisions* may arrange with their opponent to play a game earlier or later than in the draw, on these nights or at a time and place of their choosing.

7 March, 4 April and 25 April are available to play postponed or early games at the club.

Players must advise Norths Chess Club and their opponent if they want a game postponed. It is the responsibility of the player postponing the game to contact the opponent before the game is due to be played. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit. Only in the event of illness or emergency should this be less than 24 hours notice. 

Players must make arrangements with the opponent to play postponed games. Communications between players about postponements should be reported to the arbiter.

All games must be completed by the end of the last round. 

Uncompleted games may be judged to be abandoned or forfeited. Consideration will be given to evidence of players making themselves available to play the game.

* Postponements are not permitted in Swiss Division, but requests for half-point byes (maximum of 2) are allowed in rounds 1-7. Requests for a bye must be received by the arbiter not later than 7pm on the Sunday immediately preceding the next round. Email or call/SMS 0414 793 791. 


Vladimir Feldman, Nick Cooper, Blair Mandla, Norman Greenwood

Appeals panel:


Result of games: Results of games completed should be entered on the draw sheet at the venue. In the case of games played elsewhere email or call/SMS 0414 793 791. 

Analysis of completed games and social chess: A separate section away from the tournament area is set aside for analysis of completed games and social chess. Players must ensure games still underway are not disturbed. 

Protocols on player disturbances: Norths Chess Club protocols on player disturbances are set out in notices displayed in the tournament area. 

Games data base: Norths Chess Club reserves the right to publish any games played in any tournament organised by the club. 

Ties: In the case of a tie (or ties) in the Championship and Candidates divisions, a play-off will take place:

  • Where there are two joint leaders, two rapid games will be played, followed by two blitz games if the rapid games don't break the tie and an armageddon blitz game if required; or
  • Where there are more than two joint leaders, a single rapid round robin will be played, followed by a single blitz round robin if the rapid games don't break the tie and armageddon games if required. 
If a play-off is not achieved within a reasonable time, Norths Chess Club reserves the right to instead apply a tiebreak formula of its choosing.

Ties in other round robin division will be resolved by applying the following tie-breaks in descending order:
  • Direct encounter
  • Sonneborn-Berger
  • Koya
  • Greater number of games played with the Black pieces

Ties in the Swiss division will be resolved by applying the following tie-breaks in descending order:
  • Direct Encounter
  • Buchholtz Cut 1
  • Buchholtz Total

CLICK HERE for previous years' results