2021 John Purdy Memorial Open

Incorporating the 2021 NSW Open and Woman’s Championships

ACF and FIDE rated


Tuesdays from 31 August to 9 November 2021

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

Time: Games start at 7:30 pm.

: 9 round Swiss (Dutch) tournament, with pairings generated by Vega. Norths Chess Club has at times experienced venue booking conflicts at short notice which have necessitated changes to tournament arrangements. The organisers reserve the right to reduce the number of rounds in the event that the venue becomes unavailable for one or more weeks.

Time control: All moves in 90 minutes + an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.

EligibilityPlayers who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents must have a FIDE IDAdult players must be members of or have paid a Registered Player Fee to the NSWCA. Juniors (aged under 18 years) must be members of the NSWJCL. Interstate players must be members of the equivalent State or Territory Association.

Prizes (* see notes below): 

The title or John Purdy Memorial Champion is the awarded to the highest scoring member of Norths Chess Club.

Open: 1st = $1,000 and title of NSW State Champion, 2nd = $500 3rd = $300 

Women: $500 and title of NSW Woman Champion to the highest placed woman (conditional on 5 female entries and at least one ACF-rated over 1800). 

Senior: $120 to highest scoring Senior (born in 1961 or earlier)

Junior: $120 to highest scoring Junior (born in 2003 or later)
(NOTE: Senior and Junior prizes are conditional on 5 entries in each section)

Rating: $100 and $50 for 1st and 2nd in rating categories A, B, C and D (where these are the second, third, fourth and fifth quintiles of rated players)

Unrated: $50

Upset: $50 per round (for biggest upset based on rating difference)


The title of NSW State Champion will be awarded to the tournament winner.
The title of NSW Womens Champion will be awarded to the highest scoring female player. 
In the case of a tie, a play-off will be arranged by the NSWCA.

The John Purdy Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the highest placed Norths member. 

Eligibility for the State titles requires residence in NSW for at least 6 months and full membership of the NSWCA or NSWJCL (TBC)

Ratings: The tournament rating used for pairings and prizes will be based on ACF Classic ratings, or if a player doesn't have an ACF Classic rating, the FIDE Standard rating. Results will be submitted for the ACF Classic and FIDE Standard rating lists.

Entry Fees: Norths Chess Club Members $30; Others $40. Free for GM, WGM, IM,WIM.

: Entries must be received by Friday 27 August. Late entries will be at the discretion of the arbiter and may not be included in the first round draw. CLICK HERE TO ENTER ONLINE. Right of entry is reserved. Because of constraints imposed by the venue, entry numbers are limited to 110 - this limit being subject to change due to government and venue instruction. 

DrawThe draw for the next round will be published on the webpage on the Sunday night before the round is scheduled to be played.

Half Point Byes: Up to two half-point byes are permitted in rounds 1-7. Requests for a bye must be received by the arbiter no later than midday on the Sunday immediately prior to the round.

Forfeits: Any player who arrives at the chessboard more than one hour after the scheduled start of the session shall lose the game, unless the Arbiter decides otherwise.

Recording of Moves: All moves must be recorded on the provided score sheet.

Mobile phonesNo penalty will be applied to a player for bringing a mobile phone into the venue, however the phone must be completely switched off and not kept on a player's person. If the player fails to switch the phone off and/or it makes a sound, the arbiter will have discretion as to the penalty applied.

Tiebreaks: In the event of ties, prize monies will be shared. If eligible players are tied, the winner of the John Purdy Memorial Trophy will be determined by applying the following tiebreaks in descending order: 
  1. Direct encounter
  2. Buchholtz Cut 1
  3. Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 
Rules: The FIDE Laws of Chess apply, in conjunction with these tournament rules.

Arbiter: Rob Watson.

Appeals panel: TBA.

* Notes
  • Players are eligible for one non-upset prize only. The only exception to this is the prize for the NSW Womens Champion which may be won in addition to another prize.
  • No player may receive more than one upset prize. 
  • Rating and upset prizes will be awarded based on the rating hierarchy specified in the Ratings section above. Players without either of those ratings will be considered to be unrated and are ineligible for rating or upset prizes.
  • A minimum of 5 eligible players is required for a prize to be awarded.

CLICK HERE for previous years' results.