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ACF by-law

BY-LAW NO. 3

ACF JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Format 

1. The Australian Junior Championships, incorporating both open and girls' 
titles, may be run as one tournament or as separate tournaments for different 
age groups and/or sexes at the discretion of the ACF Council.

Titles 

2. 

a. A player shall only be awarded one title and any associated trophy from each 
tournament, that being the highest title he/she is eligible for, on the 
understanding that first in an older age group is higher than first in a younger 
age group. 

b. Notwithstanding 2a, a female player may be awarded one girl's title as well 
as one open title.

Non-monetary Prizes 

3. Non-monetary prizes, including trophies not associated with the awarding of a 
title, shall be awarded as follows: 

A player shall receive only one under-age non-monetary prize, being the highest 
non monetary prize he/she is eligible for, on the understanding that first in 
any age group is higher than second in any age group which is higher than third 
in any age group, etc.

Monetary Prizes 

4. Monetary prizes are in no way related to titles/non-monetary prizes. A player 
shall receive only one monetary prize, being the largest monetary prize he/she 
is eligible for.

Resolution of Ties

5. The Play-off Procedures prescribed in By-law 7 of the By-laws for ACF 
Tournaments do not apply to the ACF Junior Chess Championships, the overriding 
principle in Junior Championships being to resolve any ties quickly so that 
prize presentations may be made at a pre-arranged time.

5.1 Ties shall be resolved in the first instance by applying the Sum of 
Progressive Scores System (SPS) including the Sum of Progressive Score Cuts 
(SPSC), if necessary. A player's SPS involves use of the score that a player has 
after the end of each round. These scores are added to form the SPS. SPSC is the 
player's final SPS reduced by the tournament score of one or more rounds 
starting with the first round.

5.2.1 If more than two players are tied for first place, paragraph 5.1 shall be 
applied to reduce the number of tied players to two.

5.2.2 Those players shall participate in a play-off to resolve the tie 
consistent with the principles in paragraph 5.3.

5.2.3 If, upon the application of paragraph 5.1 it is not possible to reduce the 
number of players to two, the arbiter shall arrange a play-off among the 
smallest number of players possible exceeding two, the play-off to be 
consistent, as far as possible with the principles in paragraph 5.3.

5.3 Play-off Principles

5.3.1 The tied players shall play two games in which each player has 15 minutes 
for the whole game in each game. Colours for the first game shall be drawn by 
lot and shall be the opposite for the second game.

5.3.2 If the players are still tied, two games shall be played in which each 
player has 5 minutes for the whole game in each game. Colours for each game 
shall be consistent with those in paragraph 5.3.1.

5.3.3 If the tie is still not resolved a single game shall be played in which 
White has 5 minutes and Black 4 minutes for the whole game, a draw for Black 
being regarded as a win. Colours for this game shall be drawn by lot.

5.3.4 In all Rapid Play and Lightning Championships, paragraph 5.3.1 applies 
except that the time allowed each player is 5 minutes. If the tie is not 
resolved, paragraph 5.3.3 applies.