Tournament Rules

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Welcome to the rules section. Here we will outline various aspects of the tournament. If, after reading this page, you have any questions please use the contact us page to get in touch. These are current as 22/11/19.

Eligibility:
  • Players must be in the age category for which they are entering. For example, to enter the Under 12 tournament, the player must be born on 1 January 2008 or later.
Time Controls:
  • Under 18 Open – 90 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 16 Open – 90 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 14 Open – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 12 Open – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 10 Open – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move
  • Under 8 Open – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move
  • Under 18 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 16 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 14 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 12 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 30 seconds added per move
  • Under 10 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move
  • Under 8 Girls – 60 minutes per player + 10 seconds added per move
Byes:

1 x half point bye may be taken during the event, excluding the final two rounds

Ratings:

All events will be submitted for Queensland Junior and ACF Ratings. The Under 18 Open, Under 16 Open and Under 18 Girls will also be FIDE rated.

Mobile Phones and Smart Watches:

Mobile phones are not permitted to be on a player during the game, nor in their bags. Mobile phones must be switched off and handed in to arbiters at the results desk. The same goes for smart watches. The other option will be for mobile phones to be given to parents/coaches to look after. Spectators (parents, coaches, players who have finished their games) will be asked to leave the playing hall if their phone goes off. Players will be forfeited if still playing and their phone goes off.

Forfeit Time:

The forfeit time will be 30 minutes from the start of the round.

Playing Area:

There will be a designated playing area which will only be open to those players taking part in the round. Once the round commences, all spectators are required to leave the playing area, although there is a seating area within the hall.

Supervision:

Supervision outside of the playing hall is the responsibility of parents and coaches. Please be respectful that we are using a schools facilities. There will be staff on-site during the event, preparing for school to go back the following week!

Internet Access:

Internet access will only be provided for Chess Association of Queensland staff.

Photos:

If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please notify the organisers as soon as possible so we can plan around this.

Food:

Please be mindful a number of participants may have nut allergies (amongst others). Please refrain from consuming nut products on the premises.

Appeals:

An appeals committee will be formed as soon as practial. An appeals convenor will be appointed, along with a deputy convenor. The convenor will then organise tribunal members as required so that three members form a tribunal. Any appeal of an arbiters decision will incur a $100 bond which is due for payment upon lodgement of appeal. An appeal must be in writing, be made within a reasonable time, and attempt to show that the ruling made was wrong. If the appeal is successful, the bond shall be returned. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the full bond or part there-of will be forfeited.