Club Champs Start March 10th

Posted: 02/03/2015 by Ian in Club News

Final night of the Autumn cup this week, then the Club champs will run over six club nights starting Tuesday 10th March, with a 2 week break during the school holidays.

The format will be start time 7.15pm (7.30 on week 1 so I can get the draw done), 1 game per night, open to financial members (or financial members temporarily in arrears) only. You can check when your sub is due by going to the website – About > Who We Are. Online payments preferred, see the website for details. If you are not currently a member but want to take part then you can join on the first night (Adult: $40 per year, or $25 for 6 months. Juniors $20 per year)

There will be an Adult Division, and a Junior Division (stronger Junior members can elect to play in the Open Division if they wish; sadly – for some of us at least –senior members cannot elect to play in the Junior division).

Time control for adults will be 45 + 10. Time control for juniors will be 25 + 10

The winner of the Adult Division will be awarded the title Club Champion 2015 and receive all the accolades that are associated with the title. The winner of the Junior division will be awarded the title Club Junior Champion 2015 and will receive a book prize.

Entries will be seeded based on Current club ratings. (Club ratings will be updated when I have the crosstables for the blitz evenings held at the start of the year). No late entries allowed – so if you cant make it on the first night let me know and you will be awarded a bye. Also if you want to play but might be a little late on the first night let me know and I will include you in the draw. Please don’t turn up after 7:15 and expect me to redo the draw. Entries will not be accepted in week two or beyond.

Games start at 7.15pm – a 30 minute late time applies (your game is lost if you are 30 minutes late). Late time for Juniors is 25 minutes. Clocks will be started at 7:15 even if neither player is present.

Usual FIDE laws apply with  the exception of the Hamilton Chess Club Special Rules found here. Disputes committee will be club executive (Hilton Ian and Richard). If one or two of the disputes committee is/are party to a dispute, the remaining member(s) will constitute the disputes committee.

Please bring a pen to record your games (recording is mandatory in the open divison, but optional for the junior division).
One 1/2 point bye allowed per player, if notified to Ian the Sunday before the round that it applies.

No half point byes allowed in rounds 5 or 6.

Ties will be decided using tie breaks in the following order: Buchholz Cut 1, Buchholz Total, Buchholz Median, Sonneborn-Berger. If still tied the award will be shared.

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