British Knockout Championship Regulations

 

Dates and Venues

 

Quarter Finals:

 

 

 

 

Semi Finals:

Final:

  Friday 1st December

Hilton London Olympia Hotel,

London W14 8NL.

 

 

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December

Monday 4th - Saturday 9th December

East Hall, Olympia Conference Centre,

London, W14 8UX.

 

 
             

Format: Quarter Finals and Semi Finals

8 player knockout, with 7 invited players and 1 qualifier, seeded on 1st November 2017 FIDE Ratings.

 

Quarter Finals: 1 v 8; 2 v 7; 3 v 6; 4 v 5. See Appendix 1 below.

Semi Finals: Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 4; Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 2.

 

Each round comprises: 2 Standardplay games and possible Rapid Playoffs.

 

A draw for colours in each match was performed on Tuesday 28th November at Chess and Bridge under the supervision of Malcolm Pein. Please see Appendix 1.

 

Schedule

 

Quarter Finals

Game 1: 1100 - 1500; Game 2: 1600 - 2000; Playoffs: 2030 - 2200.

Minimum 30 minute interval between the Standardplay games and before the Playoffs.

Minimum 10 minute interval between the Playoff games.

 

Time Limits:

Standardplay: 90 mins plus 30 secs / move throughout.

Playoffs (2 games): 10 mins plus 2 secs / move throughout.

If still undecided, Armageddon game 6 mins v 4 mins with 2 secs / move from move 61.

 

Losing quarter finalists who wish to play in the CSC LCC FIDE Open must notify their intention to do so at the conclusion of their last game.

 

Semi Finals

Game 1: Saturday 2nd December 1630 - 2130; Game 2: Sunday 3rd December 1000 - 1500.

Playoffs: Sunday 3rd December 1630 - 1800.

Minimum 10 minute interval between the Playoff games.

 

Time Limits:

Standardplay: 40 moves / 90 mins plus all remaining moves / 30 mins plus 30 secs / move throughout.

 

Playoffs: As for the Quarter Finals.

 

Losing semi finalists who wish to play in the CSC LCC FIDE Open must notify their intention to do so at the conclusion of their last game. In accordance with the Regulations for the FIDE Open any such players will be awarded two half point byes and will therefore start with a score of 1 / 2 or 1 / 3 as applicable.

 

Final:

Four Standardplay games and Four Rapid games:

 

Standardplay Game 1: Monday 4th December 1630 - 2130

Standardplay Game 2: Tuesday 5th December 1630 - 2130

Rest Day: Wednesday 6th December (but see “Other Events” below)

Standardplay Game 3: Thursday 7th December 1630 - 2130

Standardplay Game 4: Friday 8th December 1630 - 2130

 

Rapid Game 1: Saturday 9th December 1150 - 1240

Rapid Game 2: Saturday 9th December 1300 - 1350

Rapid Game 3: Saturday 9th December 1410 - 1500

Rapid Game 4: Saturday 9th December 1520 - 1610

 

Playoffs: Saturday 9th December 1630 - 1800

Minimum 10 minute interval between the Rapid games.

Minimum 20 minute interval before the Playoffs.

Minimum 10 minute interval between the Playoff games.

 

Time Limits:

Standardplay: 40 moves / 90 mins plus all remaining moves / 30 mins plus 30 secs / move throughout.

Rapid: 15 mins plus 10 secs / move throughout

Playoffs: As for the Quarter Finals and the Semi Finals

 

Scoring:

In the Standardplay games, a win shall score 2 points, a draw 1 point and a loss 0 points. In the Rapid games, a win shall score 1 point, a draw ½ point and a loss 0 points. Accordingly, a total of 6½ points will be required in order to win the match without the need for a play-off.

 

All eight games of the Final are to be played, even if the outcome is already decided.

 

FIDE Rating:

All games except any Armageddon games will be FIDE Standardplay or Rapid rated as appropriate. Permission has been sought from FIDE for any dead Rapid games in the Final to be rated.

 

Draw Offers:

Players must not agree to a draw in less than 30 moves, except during Playoff games.

 

Illegal Moves:

In all formats, a player making a second illegal move during a game shall lose the game. For the first illegal move, the player’s opponent shall receive an extra one minute in an Armageddon game and an extra two minutes in the other formats.

 

(This reflects a change in the Laws of Chess which formally comes into effect on 1st January 2018. Permission has been obtained from FIDE for the change to apply in this and other events at the London Chess Classic.)

 

Mobile Phones:

Players are requested to avoid bringing mobile phones into the playing venue if possible. In the Quarter Finals, any phones which are brought in shall be given to the Chief Arbiter and will be stored behind a control table during play. All such phones must be completely switched off. If a player’s phone makes any sound during play, the player shall forfeit the game, unless in exceptional circumstances the Chief Arbiter shall decide otherwise.

 

Anti Cheating:

Players may be scanned before or after a game.

 

Default Time:

A player who arrives more than 30 minutes after the start of a Standardplay game, or after the expiry of the allotted time in a Rapid game or an Armageddon game, shall lose the game, unless in exceptional circumstances the Chief Arbiter shall decide otherwise.

 

Prize Fund:

Subject to the modifications below:

 

Winner: £20000

Losing Finalist: £10000

Losing Semi Finalists: £5000

Losing Quarter Finalists: £2500

 

If any match is decided only by playoff games, then the loser will receive 35% of the prize money at stake for that round and the winners’ prize money will be reduced accordingly. See Appendix 2 below.

 

Other Events:

All players are expected to play in the CSC LCC Super Blitz Tournament on Sunday 10th December.

 

All players may be required to attend a CSC junior event.

 

Appeals:

Any appeal against a decision of the Chief Arbiter shall be addressed to Tournament Director Malcolm Pein.

 


 

David Sedgwick

Chief Arbiter | 28th November 2017    

 


 

Appendix 1

Players and Pairings

    Players   Ratings#

1

GM

Nigel Short

ENG

2687*

2

GM

Matthew Sadler

ENG

2687*

3

GM

David Howell

ENG

2685

4

GM

Gawain Jones

ENG

2659

5

GM

Luke McShane

ENG

2649

6

GM

Jonathan Hawkins

ENG

2573

7

GM

Jonathan Rowson

SCO

2563

8

IM

Alan Merry

ENG

2422

 

* Split by activity

# FIDE Rating as at 1st November 2017

 

Pairings (The first named player has White in Game 1)

Quarter Finals

1

Nigel Short

v Alan Merry
2

Matthew Sadler

v Jonathan Rowson
3

David Howell

v Jonathan Hawkins
4

Gawain Jones

v Luke McShane
       

Semi Finals

1 Winner Quarter Final 1 v Winner Quarter Final 4
2 Winner Quarter Final 3 v Winner Quarter Final 2
       

Final

   
  Winner Semi Final 2 v Winner Semi Final 1

 

In the Final the colours will be reversed after the four Standardplay games, so that the winner of Semi Final 2 will have White in Games 1 and 3 (Standardplay) and Black in Games 5 and 7 (Rapid).

 

             

 

 

 

Nigel Short GM 2687

 

Matthew Sadler GM 2687

 

David Howell GM 2685

 

Gawain Jones GM 2659

 

 

 

Luke McShane GM 2649

 

Jonathan Hawkins GM 2573

 

Jonathan Rowson GM 2563

 

Alan Merry IM 2422

 


 

Appendix 2

Prize Money Distribution

Hort System Modified

 

In the event of a playoff, 70% of the prize money at stake for that round will be shared (Hort System Modified). Hence the loser will receive 35% of the prize money at stake for that round and the winners’ prize money will be reduced accordingly.

 

Examples of the effect of this are given below.

 

Position Prize Money Prize Money Prize Money  
(no playoffs) (possible range) (playoffs every match)  (playoffs every match)
£ £ £ £

Losing QF

2500 2500 - 3375 3375

Losing SF

5000  4125 - 6750 5875

Losing F

10000 7375 -13500 10875

Winner

20000 13875 -20000 13875
         

 

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