Japan Women’s Chess Championship 2019


We are going to change women’s chess this year!
This is the championship tournament where the “Japanese Women’s Chess Champion” will be chosen!
This is the time all the female players in Japan should gather together to celebrate the game of chess. Age does not matter so come play and find out who the Japanese female champion is!!

Japan Women’s Chess Championship 2019
Tournament info –

Dates: August 2,3,4 2019
Venue: Curian – Shinagawa-ku, Across from JR Oimachi Station)
Time Control: 90min+30sec/move. 6R FIDE Swiss
Entry criteria: NCS members (yearly or 1-time tournament members)
Entry fee: Adults: 8,000yen, U23: 6000yen

*Top 2 players will qualify for 2020 Japan Chess Championship. And an
additional player with Japanese FIDE ID will qualify if the top 2 players are from foreign federations. (applies to yearly members only)
*The Japan Women’s Champion will be awarded to the top Japanese player  (Non Japanese FIDE players can still participate and win prizes)

Details on Japan Chess Championship selection:

Registration Deadline: July 29 20:00
Payment Deadline: July 30 12:00
Please transfer the fee to:
普通 1115580

The FIDE rules and regulations shall apply. Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations. This is a FIDE and NCS rated tournament.


  1. The tournament will be played using the Swiss System with 6 rounds, time control is 90 min with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. A Swiss Manager program will be used for pairings.
  2. FIDE rating will be used for pairings. NCS rating will be used for the players without FIDE rating. Email the organizer to apply for a FIDE ID if you don’t have one yet.
  3. Pre-registered byes (half points) will be accepted until the start of the tournament except for the last day. In order to qualify for prizes, players must participate in more than 3 rounds (no more than 2 byes) . Bye requests after the start of tournament will be accepted at the discretion of arbiters. A player with a paring-allocated bye receives 1 point. Only one paring-allocated bye is given to the same player.
  4. Players must record all moves. Once the game is finished, both players sign both score sheets and the winner hands over the top copy to the arbiters. In case of a draw, a player with White pieces hands over the score sheet to the arbiters. Make sure the results are correct before signing.
  5. Tie-break to be used: 1. Direct encounter 2. Buchholz Cut1 3. Buchholz 4. Sonneborn-Berger 5. Sum of the rating of the opponents 6. Draw
  6. If any player is not present within 30min after the game is started, s/he shall lose the game by default. The game is not rated.
  7. All electronic devices have to be turned off and stored away. They can be stored in a bag as long as they are switched off and the bag stays in the playing room during the game. That bag is not allowed to be carried outside of the playing room during the game. Any violation will result in a loss of game. This game is rated.
  8. Spectators are also not allowed to use electronic devices in the playing room. This also applies to players who finished their game.
  9. Photo taking is allowed for the first 10min from the start of each game, including using a mobile phone (only spectators). After that, phones have to be taken outside of the playing room.
  10. Any player who misses any round without notifying an arbiter will not be paired in the following round, and any player who misses two consecutive rounds without notifying an arbiter will be considered to have withdrawn from the tournament.
  11. Prizes and plaques: Tie-breaks will be used to determine winners. No two players will share the prize.
    1st prize: plaque and 10,000yen, 2nd prize: plaque and 8,000yen, 3rd prize: plaque and 6,000yen

8/2 – Venue opens 9:15
– Pairings 9:45
– R1 10:00
– R2 15:00
8/3 – R3 09:15
– R4 14:00
8/4 – R5 09:15
– R6 14:00
– Closing ceremony after the final round

Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for use on the japanchess.org website and in the press, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to the National Chess Society of Japan photographing and using your image and likeness.