Terms & Conditions.
6 round, FIDE-rated Swiss, incorporating the Candidates and Challengers events, organised by the Isle of Man Chess Association (IOMCA), with sponsorship from the IOM International Chess Ltd.
Venue: Claremont Hotel 18-22 Loch Promenade Douglas IM1 2LX.
Friday 9th October – Sunday 11th October 2020
No entry fees.
£1500 in Prizes.
Open Tournament (3 Zones of competition)
Tournament Directors: Alan Ormsby / Brian Woodard.
Controller: Harry Minor
Friday – Opening Ceremony 6.15pm / Random Draw for Round 1.
Friday – Round 1 – 6.30pm clocks.
Saturday – Round 2 – 9.30am clocks / Round 3 – 2pm clocks / Round 4 – 6.30pm clocks.
Sunday – Round 5 – 9.30am clocks / Round 6 – 2pm clocks / prize giving & buffet – 7pm.
(30 minutes after the start of each round, a new pairing may be made for any player whose opponent has not arrived or for any player who was initially awarded a bye, with an appropriate adjustment to the rate of play to ensure the game finishes on time.
Missing players will be defaulted after 30 minutes).
The October 2020 FIDE ratings will be used; players without a FIDE rating will have an estimated rating given for the purpose of the tournament.
Once entries close players will be zoned to either the Open, Candidates or Challengers depending on playing strength and numbers for the purpose of zone prizes. Any player can win the Open section and, if they are an IOMCA member, will be declared Manx Chess Champion 2020.
IOMCA member & minimum Gold ECF membership after the
1st September 2020 or belong to an overseas FIDE Federation. Furthermore, the Tournament Directors reserve the right to invite guest players from off-island with close connections to the Isle of Man, such as members of the team that regularly officiate at the Isle of Man International. Such guests will be ineligible for the winning of any title but will be eligible for prize money.
(Obviously, this is dependent on the IOM borders being open to non-residents)
Entries will open 2nd September 2020 and close 2nd October 2020.
Please enter via email only to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rate of Play.
100 minutes for 40 moves, with 20 minutes for the rest of the game.
½ point bye can be taken Saturday either round 2, 3 or 4 and MUST be confirmed when entering the tournament.
Round 1 – Random Draw.
Random draw to be made by the Isle of Man Chess Association Chairman and a Tournament Director, 15 minutes before the start of Round 1.
Open Zone – 1st – £450 / 2nd – £300 / 3rd – £250
Candidates Zone – 1st – £225 / 2nd – £150
Challengers Zone – 1st – £125
All players can win the Open title / prizes. Players zoned in the Open cannot win the Candidates or Challengers titles / prizes. Players zoned in the Candidates cannot win the Challengers title /prizes. Players in the Challengers can win the Candidates title / prizes. No player can win more than 1 prize. If players tie for prizes those prizes will be shared. If
players tie for first place in any zone, prizes will be shared but a tie break will only be held to determine the Open champion. (Challengers / Candidates titles will be shared)
In the event of two players tying for first place in the open, the winner of the tournament will be decided by a play-off on the evening of 11th October, after the completion of all round-6 games. The play-off will consist of two blitz games with a rate of play of 5 minutes plus an increment of 2 seconds a move, with colours to be determined by the toss of a coin.
If the blitz match finishes equal then the winner will be determined by Armageddon with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, plus an increment of 2 seconds a move from move 61, Black having draw odds. A toss of a coin will determine colours.
In the event of three or more players tying for first place, the top two will be determined by tie-break, in the following order of priority, and will enter the play-off described above:
• The results between the players involved in the tie
• Sum of progressive score
• Sum of opponents’ scores (Buchholz)
• Number of won games
Please see the Isle of Man Government website for general guidance:
https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/stay-responsible/. Currently (27 July 2020) there is no requirement for social distancing and, in organising this tournament, IOMCA assumes that this will remain the situation when the tournament begins. However, if there is a second wave of COVID-19 in the island, IOMCA reserves the right to cancel the tournament at short notice.