Tokyo Chess Championship 2019

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Tournament info

Dates: March 23, 24 2019
Venue: Ota-ku Ikegami kaikan: 1 Chome-32-8 Ikegami, Ōta, Tokyo
(15min walk from Ikegami Station)
Time Control: 6R Swiss, 45min + 30sec/move
Entry Fee: Adults- 6000yen, University (undergrad) students- 5000yen, High school students and younger- 3000yen

* You need to be a member of the new organization in order to play at this tournament.
Membership Fee: Adults- 6300yen, U18- 3200yen, U15- 2200yen (1-tournament membership fee:Adults-2000yen, U18-1000yen)
Please make payment at the following bank:

普通 1115580 シャ)ナショナルチェスソサエティーオブジャパン

This is a Japan Chess Championship 2019 qualifying tournament. 1 player per 8 participants, plus 1 additional player will qualify for Japan Chess Championship. (Excluding the players who have already qualified at other tournaments) The winner of this tournament is invited to play at National Chess Championship for free!

Sections for prizes: Open, A(U2000), B(U1600), C(U1200). UR players will play for Open section. Top 3 players from each section will receive a plaque.

Prize: Open section 1st place-10000yen, 2nd place-6000yen, 3rd place-5000yen, A, B, C sections 1st place-5000yen, 2nd place-3000yen, 3rd place-2000yen.
*Prizes will be given using tie-breaks, not according to the points. We do not share prizes! A player may win only one prize.

Registration: You have to be a member of the new organization to play at this tournament. Sign up on the website or by email.

Registration and payment deadline: March 20th. We will send a confirmation email once the entry fee transfer is confirmed. If the membership fee and/or the entry fee is not paid by the day before the tournament (22nd), no entry to the tournament is allowed. Email registration and questions to

If you are late for the first round, please email or contact arbiters or other players to let the organizer know beforehand to avoid unplayed games.
Default Time: 15min from the start of each round. If both players are not present, the result will be 0F-0F with no rating change. If a player misses 2 games in a row without contacting the organizer, the player will be considered withdrawn.


9:00 – Venue opens
10:00 – Announcement
10:20 – Opening remarks
10:30 R1
14:00 R2
17:00 R3
20:00 – Venue closes

9:00 – Venue opens
9:30 R4
13:00 R5
16:00 R6
19:15 – Award ceremony
20:00 – Venue closes

Arbiters: Chief Arbiter-IA Yumiko Hiebert, Arbiters-NA Akihiro Yamada, Yukihiro Yamada.

The pairings will be done according to the new rating (previous JCA rating). If there are 2 players with the same rating, the alphabetical order of the players will be used.

Tie-Breaks: 1. Direct Encounter, 2. Buchholz Cut1, 3. Buchholz, 4. Sonneborn-Berger, 5. Drawing of lots.

0.5 point bye requests will be accepted until 9:45 on the first day of the tournament. The last round bye request will be 0 points. If a player has more than 2 pre-requested byes, the player will not qualify for prizes nor for Japan Chess Championship player selection. Pairing-allocated bye will be 1 point.

1st illegal move – 2 extra minutes is given to the opponent. 2nd illegal move – loss of the game.

Players must record all the moves made by both players until the end. When the game is finished, check the results, sign the score sheet and submit the top copy to the arbiter.

All electronic devices must be turned off and stored away, not to be touched or carried out of the playing room during the game. If a player is found with a mobile device during his/her game, the player loses the game.

Spectators are allowed to take photos for the first 10 min of each game, including the use of a mobile but after 10minutes, all mobiles have to be put away by the spectators and they are not allowed to use them in the playing room.

The organizers will provide chess equipment including clocks. (We may ask the players to use their own in case there aren’t enough sets)

The tournament will follow FIDE rules unless otherwise stated above.

The organizers reserve the right to change the above regulations as needed.