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Club Championship

FIDE and ACF rated

Championship: 1st Vladimir Feldman; =2nd Jack Rodgers, Donato Mallari
Candidates: 1st Stephen Ireland; =2nd Adam Mazay, Peter brand
Division A: =1st Paul Glissan, John Redgrave; =3rd Anup Kumar Siva Sankaran, Kamal Jain
Division B: 1st Anriy Bukreyev; 2nd Kanishka Premathilaka; 3rd Aram Sandalcyan
Division C: 1st Scott O'Callaghan; 2nd Clive Lane; =3rd Peter creek, Tim Singleton
Division D: 1st Michael Blaszczyk; 2nd Jonas sze-To; 3rd Toby Huey
Division E: 1st Rowan Cargill; 2nd James Jiang; 3rd Ralph Shaw
Swiss: 1st Huey Chelsea; =2nd Lan Le; Cameron Timms, Joshua Li

Nine rounds - 12 February to 7 May 2019

Includes 5 March, 2 April and 23 April for postponements or pre-play, and 7 May for unforeseen venue conflicts

Format: There will be 5-7 FIDE rated single round-robin divisions (Championship, Candidates and Reserves A, B, C etc.) of ten players, plus an ACF rated 9 round Swiss tournament (with pairings generated by Vega), where the number of round robin divisions will be chosen such that the rating cutoff for the Swiss tournament will be between 1200 and 1400. ACF Classic ratings will be used to determine selection into divisions (or where a player does not have an ACF Classic rating, their FIDE Standard rating will be assessed relative to other players' FIDE ratings).

Eligibility and entry: Current financial members of Norths Chess Club + $10 entry fee (free for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs). Entries close on Friday 8 February 2018. CLICK HERE to enter or HERE to download a PDF entry form. Players who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents must have a FIDE ID to play in one of the round-robin divisions.

Time controls

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


  • Round-robin divisions: A draw sheet and crosstable will be published on this website and displayed at the club.
  • Swiss division: The draw will be published on this website on the Sunday evening prior to each round.
Forfeiture time: One hour after the commencement of the round (at the Arbiter's discretion). 

Postponements and byes

Round-robin divisions

  • Players 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 (subject to approval from the arbiter).
  • Evenings 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. 
  • Unplayed games may be judged to be abandoned or forfeited. Consideration will be given to evidence of players making themselves available to play the game.
  • All games must be completed by the end of the last round.
Swiss division
  • Postponements are not permitted, but up to 2 half-point byes may be requested by each player in rounds 1-7.
  • Requests for a half-point bye must be received no later than 7pm on the Sunday immediately preceding the next round. Email or call/SMS 0414 793 791.


Nick Cooper

Appeals panel:


Results: Game results 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 the other round robin divisions will be resolved by applying the following tie-breaks in descending order:
  • Direct encounter
  • Most Wins
  • Sonneborn-Berger
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