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Tournament rules

Tournament regulations Amsterdam Open

Article 1 GAME RULES
The matches are played according to the FIDE Rules of Chess in the official English version, edition January 1, 2023, unless otherwise stated in these rules.

The players are divided into the following groups according to playing strength:
A group: accessible to players with a rating of at least 2000,
B group: accessible to players with a rating between 1700 and 2050,
C group: accessible to players with a rating between 1400 and 1750,
D Group: Accessible to players with a rating of up to 1450.
When determining the playing strength of a player to be taken into account, the following ranking is used:

  • the FIDE rating according to the rating list dated October 1, 2023;

  • the KNSB rating according to the rating list dated 1 October 2023;

  • the national rating, according to the most recently published rating list.

  • Players for whom no rating can be determined are placed in the D group.

For special reasons, the organization can place players in a different group.

The number of rounds is 6 for all groups.
Requesting a bye, with compensation of 0.5 point, is possible twice in the first four rounds. This is only valid if a participant requests it in time, before the end of the previous round.
The playing time per player is 90 minutes, plus 30 seconds per move.

Article 4 PAIRINGS
Parties are paired according to the Swiss system.
The results are processed for FIDE rating and KNSB rating.

Two games are played per day. Starting times are found on the general information page.
The starting window time is 30 minutes. If a player first appears on the board more than 30 minutes after the scheduled starting time of the round, he/she loses the game, unless the arbiter decides otherwise.
A game that has not been completed after 4.5 hours of play can be considered a draw by the competition management for the purpose of pairing.

During the matches, a player is prohibited from using a mobile phone,
smartwatch and/or other electronic means of communication. A
violation of this rule is penalized by forfeiture of the game, unless the arbiter decides otherwise. Such a device, if switched off, may be stored in a jacket or bag or placed on the table.
In the players' area, spectators are prohibited from using mobile telephones,
smartwatch and/or other electronic means of communication are not permitted.
The players area is understood to mean the areas accessible to the players and the public (game room, toilets, canteen), as well as the smoking areas outside the building designated by the competition management with a radius of approximately 10 meters from the exit to that smoking area.

The following ranking is used to determine the final ranking:
the score,

  • mutual result (if applicable),

  • resistance points,

  • Sonneborn Berger,

  • draw

During the first round, the full prize fund will be announced, including
rating prizes.
In the event of a tie on points, the cash prizes will be shared. To a player to whom
more cash prizes are eligible, only the prize with the highest amount will be awarded.
If, by sharing prizes per person, an amount of less than 10 euros remains,
then players are eliminated under Article 9.1, until the amount per player
at least 10 euros. For amounts above 100 euros, the prize money will not be awarded in cash but via transfer.
Unclaimed prize money or prize money for which no payment agreement has been reached, expires one hour after the end of the award ceremony.

Without prejudice to possible sanctions under the FIDE Rules, a player found to be in breach of these Rules or who misbehaves may be disqualified from the tournament by the Organizing Committee, after consultation with the Organiser, if the seriousness of the offence(s) or the misconduct(s) justifies exclusion.

Article 9 APPEAL
A decision of the Organizing Committee is subject to appeal.

An appeal must be submitted in writing to the competition management within half an hour after the end of the game in question or after the committed or announced facts.
An appeal is immediately submitted to the Appeals Committee. This consists of three members and two deputy members, who are appointed by the organisation.
A member of the Appeals Committee who has a direct or indirect interest in an appeal matter is replaced by a reserve member for the purposes of handling the appeal. Whether a member has such an interest is determined by the chief arbitrator or his alternate.
The decision of the Appeals Committee is binding on all parties.

In cases not covered by these regulations, the arbiters will decide.

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