Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London

   

Online entry, entry form download and tickets will be available from early September

 

FIDE Open offering GM and IM norm opportunities.

Friday 4 to Friday 11 December, 1 round per day except Saturday 5 December (2 rounds).

 

The organisers will invite a minimum of 12 Grandmasters.

 

 

Time Control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for all remaining moves, with a 30 sec increment starting at move 1.

Default time: 1 hour after scheduled start time.

Who Can Enter?: Anyone can enter the FIDE Open.

 

Prize Fund (Guaranteed): 1st £5,000, 2nd £3,000, 3rd £2,000, 4th £1,000, 5th - 8th £500 each.

Rating Prizes: 2201-2300 £250, £150, £100 2000-2200 £250, £150, £100 < 2000 £250, £150, £100.

Unrated: £150, £100.

Junior Prize: £250, £150, £100 Women’s Prize £250.

 

English players must be Gold ECF members. Non English players must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN)at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your own federation for a FIN.

 

Byes: Untitled players can take up to 3 half point byes between rounds 1-8 provided they are requested before the end of the previous round.

 

The three highest placed eligible players in the FIDE Rated Open not already qualified will qualify for the 2016 British Championships.

 

Pairings will be according to FIDE Swiss pairing rules.

 

 

All free entries must be received by Friday 27 November or a late fee will be applied.

*Free entry applies to UK residents only

 


 

Weekend Classic

 

Friday 4,  Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December.

 

4 sections: Open, U2000, U1800 (all FIDE Rated), ECF U120

 

 

Time Control: All moves in 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move from move1.

Default time: 1 hour after the scheduled start time.

 

Prize Fund (Guaranteed) In Each Section: 1st £250, 2nd £150, 3rd £75.

Grading Prizes: 1901-2200 £100, £50 1701-1900 £100, £50 < 1700 £100, £50 < 100 ECF £100, £50

 

In the FIDE rated sections English players must be Gold ECF members. Non English players must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your own federation for a FIN. In the U120 (non-FIDE rated) section, all players regardless of nationality, must be Silver ECF members or pay an additional £6 ECF Pay-to-Play fee.

 

Sections: FIDE rated players may play in the U2000 or U1800 if they are rated below those levels irrespective of ECF grade. Players without a FIDE rating may play in the U2000 or U1800 provided they have an ECF grade below 175 or 150 respectively.

 

Byes: A half point bye can be taken in rounds 1-4 provided it is requested before the end of the previous round.

 

The highest placed eligible player in the Open section of the Weekend Classic not already qualified will qualify for the 2016 British Championships.

 

 

All free entries must be received by Friday 27 November or a late fee will be applied.

*Free entry applies to UK residents only

 


 

Weekday Classic Tournaments: 2 sections - FIDE U2000 & ECF U135

 

Monday 7 to Friday 11 December: 1 round per day

 

 

Who Can Enter?: FIDE U2000: Anyone rated under 2000 FIDE (or National Elo). Those without an Elo rating wishing to play in this section must have an ECF grade under 175.

 

In the U2000 section English players must be Gold ECF members. Non English players must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your own federation for a FIN.

 

ECF U135: Anyone rated under 135 ECF, or 1730 Elo (FIDE/National).

 

In the U135 (non-FIDE rated) section, all players regardless of nationality, must be Silver ECF members or pay an additional £6 ECF Pay-to-Play fee.

 

Time Control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for all remaining moves, with a 30 second increment starting at move 1. Default time: 1 hour after scheduled start time.

 

 

All free entries must be received by Friday 27 November or a late fee will be applied.

*Free entry applies to UK residents only

 


 

Super Rapidplay Open Tournament (FIDE Rated)

 

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December

 

 

This event is a 10-round FIDE-rated open tournament with no grading sections; instead all players play in the same section and generous grading prizes have been added.

 

Pairings: Pairings for all rounds will be made according to FIDE swiss pairing rules.

 

Time Control: All moves in 25 minutes plus a 10 second increment per move from move1.

 

All players, regardless of nationality, must be Silver ECF members or pay an additional £7 ECF Pay-to-Play fee.

 

Grades: Rapidplay ECF grades published in the July 2015 list will be used for this event. For players without a current ECF Rapidplay grade, the following grades / ratings will be used instead:

 

(1) ECF standard play

(2) FIDE rapid

(3) FIDE standard

(4) Other national rating

 

Byes: Up to two half-point byes can be taken between rounds 1-9 provided they are requested before the end of the previous round.

 

Prize Fund (Guaranteed): 1st £2,500 2nd £1,500 3rd £1,000 4th - 5th £750 6th - 7th £500.

 

Grading Prizes

2201-2300 £250, £150, £75

2101-2200 £250, £150, £75

2001-2100 £250, £150, £75

1901-2000 £250, £150, £75

1801-1900 £250, £150, £75

1701-1800 £250, £150, £75

<1700 £250, £150, £75

U-120 & Unrated £250, £150, £75

Junior Prizes £500, £250, £100

Women’s Prizes £500, £250, £100

 

 

All free entries must be received by Friday 27 November or a late fee will be applied.

*Free entry applies to UK residents only

 


 

 

English Junior Rapidplay Sunday 6 December

 

A one day rapidplay tournament for English based players aged under 18. Further details to follow.

 

 


 

Further Information

 

 
   

ECF Membership: Gold Membership of the English Chess Federation is compulsory for English players playing in the FIDE Open, and FIDE-rated sections of the Weekday Classic. Silver membership, regardless of nationality, is required for all players in the Super Rapidplay Open, the U135 section of the Weekday tournament and the U120 section of the Weekend Classic, or a £7 pay-to-play fee per event applies.

 

Join the ECF: 01424 775 222 or www.englishchess.org.uk

 

Non English players in all FIDE rated events must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your federation for one.

 

Ratings/Gradings: FIDE Ratings from the December 2015 list will be used to determine section eligibility for all FIDE rated sections. Standard ECF grades published in the July 2015 list will be used for section eligibility in all non-FIDE rated sections. Rapidplay ECF grades published in the August 2015 list will be used for the Super Rapidplay Open tournament. Unless stated otherwise, ECF to FIDE conversion of FIDE = (ECF*7.5)+700 will be used for pairings, prizes and section eligibility.

 

Prizes & Tie-breaks: No player may win more than one prize in any section. In the event of a shared place prize, all prize money will be split equally. In the event of a shared rating or grading prize, the prize shall be won by the lowest rated player involved in the tie.

 

Watching the London Chess Classic: All competitors will have access to the Auditorium and Commentary room free of charge only if space permits and after tickets have been sold on the day. To guarantee access at the weekend, tournament entrants should purchase a ticket. There will also be live coverage of the main event on screens in the foyer.

 

Mobile phones and anti-cheating measures: Details of our policy may be found on our website.

 

Parental Responsibility: Parents or guardians are responsible for their children during the tournament. The organisers and helpers are not able to act “in loco parentis” and are not able to take responsibility for any child’s actions, or for the actions of anyone that may affect your child.

 

Liability: The organisers accept no responsibility for any loss, theft or accident during the tournament.

 

Right to refuse entry: The tournament controller reserves the right to refuse entry without being required to state a reason. The tournament controller also reserves the right to transfer players between tournaments at any time.

 

Pairings: For all events, pairings will be made according to FIDE Swiss pairing rules.

 

Disputes: Decisions of an arbiter may be appealed to the appeals committee provided that

  1. Such appeal is received within 30 minutes of the arbiter’s decision.

  2. Such appeal is accompanied by an appeal fee of £25 which will be returned if the appeal is successful. The appeals committee’s decision is final and binding in all matters.

Withdrawals: No refund can be given to any person withdrawing from, or not turning up to, any event. No part refund will be given to anyone wishing to withdraw while the tournament is still in progress. Full refunds will be given up to Friday 27 November; between 28 November and the start of the event a £20 admin fee for all refunds will apply.

 

Refreshments: There will be a full range of refreshments at the venue as well as a good range of cafes and restaurants in the local area. Please note food purchased outside of Olympia will not be allowed into the venue.

 

Further information: Please visit www.londonchessclassic.com (tournament information) or www.olympia.co.uk (venue information).

 

Still got a question? All tournament related questions - Sean Hewitt (FIDE IO & Arbiter): 

 

 

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