Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Classic Rules and Regulations


These rules and regulations shall be read in conjunction with the contracts sent to each player.


1. Tournament Format


The London Chess Classic 2012 is a nine player all play all tournament. The event is Category 21 with an average rating of 2751, based on ratings at 1st November 2012.


2. Tournament Schedule



30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10      


Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon      

Press Conference followed by

LCC vs. Twittersphere (14.30)

Yes                     14.00 Foyer  

Opening Ceremony

  Yes                   13.30 Auditorium  

The Classic

  1 2 3   5 6 7 8   14.00 - 21.00 Auditorium  


        4           16.00 - 23.00 Auditorium  


                  9 12.00 - 19.00 Auditorium  


3. Prize Fund


€160,000 before tax.


  • 6 main prizes: 1st €50,000, 2nd €25,000, 3rd €20,000, 4th €15,000, 5th €10,000, 6th €10,000 Total: €130,000.

  • 9 x Daily Best Game prizes of €1,000 each.

  • A winners' pool of €21,000 for each game won. At the end of the tournament we will count the number of wins and establish the prize for each win. Each win will be of equal value. For example if there are twenty one decisive games then the prize will be €1000 per win.


Prize fund breakdown: €130,000 + €9,000 + €21,000 = €160,000.


4. Pairings


The pairings were drawn on 6th November 2012 and can be viewed or downloaded here.


The honour of conducting the draw was bestowed upon Liverpool’s Sacred Heart Primary School as a reward for the boom in chess which the school has experienced since chess tutor John Gorman working for the Chess in Schools and Communities charity introduced the game there a year ago.


5. Rules of the Competition


The London Chess Classic 2012 will be ruled by the FIDE Laws of Chess, in English, in the version of 1 July 2009. The FIDE Laws of Chess can be viewed or downloaded here.


The following articles of the FIDE Laws of Chess have been specified or amended for this competition.


1. Article 6.6. Any player who arrives at the chessboard more than 30 minutes after the start of the session shall lose the game.  
2. Article 9.1. Players cannot agree to a draw directly without the consent of the Chief Arbiter. The Chief Arbiter will only acknowledge the result of the game to be a draw if the position on the board is,

a) Three-fold repetition of moves (art. 9.2)

b) 50 consecutive moves without the movement of a pawn and without any capture (art. 9.3)

c) A completely drawn position. The Chief Arbiter can be advised on his decisions on draw agreements based on c) by IM Malcolm Pein, the Tournament Director.

3. Article 11. The player who wins the game, or wins by forfeit, scores 3 points, a player who loses his game, or forfeits, scores 0 points, a player who draws his game scores 1 point. (NB The tournament will be FIDE Rated using the traditional 1, ½, 0 scoring).  


5a. Protocol for Draw Offers and Claims


With regard to the three-fold repetition or the 50 move rule, the protocol will be equal to the standard, but it is mandatory to call the Chief Arbiter.


With regard to a claim of a completely drawn position the following protocol will apply

  1. A player makes a draw offer in the normal way; after making his move, and then presses the clock.

  2. If the opponent does not wish to accept the offer, he will continue play.

  3. If the opponent wishes to accept the draw offer, he will stop the clock and both players will call the Chief Arbiter for decision on the agreement.

For clarification: A completely drawn position will only appear in the far advanced endgame.


6. Rate of Play


The games will be played according to classical time control; 2 hours for 40 moves, followed by 1 hour for 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes + 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game.


7. Final Ranking and Tie Break Rules


Sofia Rules will apply with three points for a win and one point for a draw.


The final ranking of the competition is decided by the highest number of points scored.


If the number of points scored by two or more players is equal, tie break rules will be applied in the following order but only to determine the final ranking. In the event of ties, all prize money will be shared.

  1. Number of games won.

  2. Number of games won with Black.

  3. Result of the game(s) between the tied players.

If there is a tie for first place and it cannot be broken by the above, the destination of the winner’s trophy will be reached in over the board play.


The tie break for the trophy will consist of one or more Armageddon games, 6 minutes + 2 seconds per move for White, versus 5 minutes + 2 seconds per move for Black, with draw odds for Black.


8. Dress Code


Suit and tie or just suit.


9. Press conference and commentary


Obligatory after each game for both players. The player who has a “bye” will assist the commentators during the round.


10. Appeals


A player can appeal against a decision of the Deputy Arbiter to the Chief Arbiter. The Chief Arbiter will render his decision on the appeal with due diligence.


A player can appeal against a decision of the Chief Arbiter to the Appeals Committee, which shall consist of three members, GM John Nunn, GM Jonathan Rowson and GM Jonathan Speelman.


An appeal against a decision of the Chief Arbiter needs to be announced to the Appeals Committee within one hour after the end of the game and needs to be submitted in writing to the Appeals Committee within two hours after the end of the game.


The Appeals Committee will render a decision on the appeal with due diligence, at least four hours before the start of the next round and after consulting the parties involved.



22nd November 2012


Malcolm Pein

Tournament Director


Albert Vasse

Chief Arbiter


David Sedgwick

Deputy Arbiter





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