To be eligible for the 'Fighting Fund prize (in the Premier Tournament), players must not have agreed to draws in under 30 moves during any round of the tournament. The aim of this rule is to encourage a competitive, fighting tournament, and we trust all players will adhere to this in a sportsmanlike manner. (N.B. This does not include claims of 'draws by repetition of position')
When required for the tournament, the tie-break systems in descending order of priority are:
It is aimed to publish the draws for Round One of the Premier, Major and Minor tournaments in the evening prior to the commencement of Round One. Registered players who have not paid by the Entries close time for these tournaments will not be included in the draw. Players are expected to arrive prior to the sign-in closure time for each tournament. The organisers guarantee that if you and your opponent are at the table at the Round One start time you will play each other. In instances where your opponent does not arrive the organisers will repair you with another player or allocate a bye. The organisers cannot cater for every contingency but will attempt to be as flexible as possible whilst still aiming to begin each round at the scheduled start time.
The organisers reserve the right to accept entries beyond the Entries close time. Late entry players will be manually entered into the draw and will be paired and begin playing after the start of the round. The organisers cannot cater for every contingency but will attempt to be as flexible as possible whilst still aiming to begin each round at the scheduled start time.
If a player is unable to play a round (for any reason), they may request a bye from the organisers.
Such a request must be made before the start of the previous round to the round concerned (i.e. A request for a bye in round 4 must be made before the start of round 3)
If such a request is approved, a player will receive half a point (0.5) for that round with the following exceptions:
The organisers reserve the right to refuse any request for a bye.
We will be enforcing a strict No Mobile Phone usage during the event policy.
All mobile phones and other communication devices are to be switched off in the tournament hall. This includes tablet computers, PDAs, MP3 players and any other devices that can receive external transmissions.
A breach of this rule will result in the automatic loss of the game in the case of a player (if a game is in progress), or the exclusion from the tournament hall until the start of the next round (in the case of player who has finished their game), or for the rest of the day (in the case of a spectator).
In the case of an appeal against an arbiters decision, the tournament director will form an appeals committee consisting of 3 players from any of the events tournaments. These players will be chosen for their impartiality and their knowledge of the rules of chess.
The player lodging the appeal shall lodge a $50 bond, which will be refunded if the appeal is successful, or if the appeal committee decides to refund the bond in the case of an unsuccessful appeal.
Should an eligible player register and pay for a tournament and then become ineligible due to a decline in their rating they will retain their position within that tournament.
In the situation where a rise in rating makes a player ineligible for the tournament they have registered and paid for they will be moved into the next highest tournament they are eligible for. Players in this situation will be offered a refund of entry fees as an alternative to playing in the higher tournament.
Players withdrawing more than 72 hours before the start of the event are entitled to a full refund, less processing fees. If a player withdraws within 72 hours of the event a 50% refund will be issued. Any player who withdraws after the start of the event forfeits their registration fee.