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Winter Classic

2019 Winter Classic

9 rounds on Tuesdays from 4 June to 30 July 2019

FIDE and ACF rated; open to players with a FIDE Standard rating under 2200

Tournament Information and Rules

Location: Norths (formerly North Sydney Leagues Club), cnr Abbott & Palmer Streets, Cammeray. 

Start Time: Games start at 7:30 pm.

Schedule: Tuesdays from 4 June to 30 July (in the case of a venue conflict, the number of rounds will be reduced).

Eligibility: Restricted to players with a FIDE Standard rating of less than 2200. Players who are not Australian residentmust have a FIDE ID.

Entry Fees: $15 for Norths Chess Club members; $25 for non-members. GM, WGM, IM and WIM free.

Draw: The provisional draw will be published on the Sunday evening prior to each round.

Prizes: 1st: $150 2nd: $100 3rd: $50; Rating Group A: $50 Rating Group B: $50; Unrated: $25 (based on 40 entries). Prizes will be shared equally among players on the same score but each player may only receive one prize.

Format: 8 rounds (Dutch) Swiss, with pairings by Vega.

Byes: Postponements are not permitted. However, up to two half-point byes may be requested for rounds 1-6. Notice to the arbiter must be received by 7pm on the Sunday prior to the round.

Time Control: All moves in 60 minutes + 30 seconds (Fischer) increment per move from move 1. 

Ratings: Pairings and rating prizes will be determined using a player's ACF Classic (or if none, FIDE Standard) rating. Results will be submitted for the ACF Classic and FIDE Standard rating lists.

Forfeit Time: 1 hour after the commencement of the round (at the Arbiter’s discretion). 

Tiebreaks: In the event of ties, prize monies will be shared. The rank order will be determined by applying the following tiebreaks in descending order: 

Direct encounter 
Buchholtz Cut 1 
Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 

Rules: The FIDE Laws of Chess apply. The Arbiter’s decision on any rules application shall be final. 

Arbiter: Nick Cooper 

  • Players are eligible for one prize only. 
  • Rating prizes are awarded based on ACF Classic (or if none, FIDE Standard) ratings. Players without either of these ratings are considered to be unrated and are ineligible for rating prizes. 
  • Rating Group A and B are the players in the 2nd and 3rd thirds of the rated players (e.g. if there are 30 rated players, Rating Groups A and B include the 11th-20th and 21st-30th rated players).
Entries close: Entries must be received by  1 June 2019. Late entries will be accepted at the arbiter's discretion, with up to two byes automatically allocated for missed rounds.

Entry: To enter CLICK HERE to complete THE ON LINE FORM. If not paid online, cheques and money orders make payable to Norths Chess Club. Entry payment is accepted at club meetings or make a bank transfer to Norths Chess Club, BSB 062 181, Account number 1044 1917 (use your name and Winter in the reference).