The competition will be run in accordance with the FIDE Laws of Chess, which can be found on the FIDE website here. Note that these rules include a requirement to write down the moves of the game as they are played on the scoresheets provided by the organisers.
The Swiss System will be used for the pairings, which means that players are paired against opponents on a similar score. Smaller divisions may instead be run as a Round-Robin, which means that each player plays every other player in the tournament. All competitions will be played over 9 rounds, except for the Under 10 & 8 Girls which will comprise 8 rounds.
For the U18 and U16 Open, players each have 90 minutes to make all their moves, with 30 seconds automatically added each time they make a move and press the clock. The longest games will take about 4 hours.
For the U14 and U12 Open, as well as the U18, U16, U14 and U12 Girls, players each have 60 minutes to make all their moves, with 30 seconds added each time they make a move and press the clock. The longest games will take about 3 hours.
For the U10 and U8 Open and Girls events, players each have 60 minutes to make all their moves, with 10 seconds added each time they make a move and press the clock. The longest games will last 2 hours. For most players in these events, this is much more time than they need and most games will be over in less than an hour, so encourage your children to take their time!
The U18 Open division will be FIDE and ACF rated, while all other divisions will be ACF rated.
If there are ties, playoffs will be held in accordance with the ACF by-laws here.
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