The tournament controller is Steve Sonnis, assisted by FIDE Arbiter Nick Faulks. Their decision shall be final in all matters and they reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions as necessary.
Entry fee in all sections is £25. To confirm entry this must be paid in advance as requested by the tournament controller. Payment ‘on the day’ will not be accepted.
Players must be silver (or higher) members of the ECF when paying their entry fee.
Entry into the Major and Minor sections will be determined by the January 2018 grading list published by the ECF. Ungraded players will be subject to individual review.
The rate of play is 75 minutes per player per game, plus a 15 second increment per move. In the event of an individual game starting late due to re-pairing, an appropriate adjustment will be made by the tournament controller.
By entering in this competition you agree that your name, chess grade and your membership status with the English Chess Federation (ECF) may be published on the competition website for the purposes of pairings and recording the results. You also agree that such information will be passed to the ECF, the governing body, for grading purposes, and published on their website.
All games will be submitted to the ECF for grading and inclusion in the July 2018 grading list.
In the event of a player having to withdraw before the first round and before the announcement of the full prize fund, the entry fee will be refunded in full. Players withdrawing after the first round has started will not receive any refund.
Once the draw for a round has been made, players who do not show or do not notify the organisers of their non-availability by 4pm on the day of the round, will be deemed to have withdrawn from the tournament. Reinstatement will only be granted in very exceptional circumstances.
Players arriving for any round more than 30 minutes after the start of white’s clock will be deemed to have defaulted that round and, if repairing with reduced time allowance is not possible, their opponent will be awarded the full point.
Players may take a maximum of two half point byes. Byes must be requested by the Monday before the round in question, except for the last round which must be requested before the start of the tournament.
In the event of any section, in any round, having an odd number of players when the draw is made, the tournament controllers will use their best endeavours to find a suitable ‘filler’. If, and only if, that is not possible the affected player will receive a full point for that round.
The prize fund will depend on the number of entrants. The maximum number of entries will be 60 and in that case the total prize fund will be £750.
If, as expected, the number of entries reaches the maximum, regretfully there will be no space available for spectators.
The breakdown of prizes will be determined by the tournament controllers and announced in advance of the first round. The breakdown will depend on the number of entries in each section and is likely to include grading prizes. There will be a minimum of 2 prizes per section (1st=£100, 2nd=£50).
In the event of a tie for any particular monetary prize, the money will be shared equally between those concerned.
No player may win more than one monetary prize.
To qualify for a monetary prize in the Major or Minor sections, category F graded and ungraded entrants will be asked to provide suitable evidence of their standard and may be subject to individual conditions.
To qualify for one of the individual trophies, the player must be a member of a club in the London Public Service League as at 1 June 2018.
In the event of a tie for one of the individual trophies, a tie break will be used. The method used will be cumulative scores – the sum of the running score for each round. Any disputes in this regard will be resolved by David Gilbert.