Japan Chess Classic 2019

Another FIDE event in the middle of the summer! This tournament attracts players from abroad and it’s open to everyone.
Top 5 players and a top female player will qualify for Japan Chess Championship 2020. And a special gift for the top female player!

Tournament info:

Dates : August 9-12 2019
Venue : “Curian” Across from JR Oimachi station.
5-18-1 Higashi Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Time Control: 90min + 30sec/move
*This is a FIDE and NCS-rated tournament.
Entry Criteria: NCS members
(1-tournament membership fee is available: Adults 2000yen, U18 1000yen)
Entry Fee: Adults 8000yen, U23 6000yen, U18 4000yen
Entry: Please send an email toregistration@japanchess.org to register
Entry Deadline: August 5, 20:00
Payment Deadline: August 6, 12:00

  • Schedule:
  • 8/9  9:15 Venue opens  9:15 – 9:40 Registration
  • 8/9  9:40 pairings
  • 8/9  R1 10:00     R2 15:30
  • 8/10 R3 10:00     R4 15:30
  • 8/11 R5 10:00     R6 15:30
  • 8/12 R7 10:00
  • Award ceremony after R7
  1. The FIDE rules and regulations shall apply. Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations. This is a FIDE and NCS rated tournament.
  2. The tournament will be played using the Swiss System with 7 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 4 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Tie-break to be used: 1. Direct encounter 2. Buchholz Cut1 3. Buchholz 4. Sonneborn-Berger 5. Sum of the rating of the opponents
  7. 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. (If the clock is showing less than 1:00)
  8. 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.
  9. Spectators are also not allowed to use electronic devices in the playing room. This also applies to players who finished their game.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Prizes and plaques: 1st prize: plaque and 20,000yen, 2nd prize: plaque and 15,000yen, 3rd prize: plaque and 10,000yen, 4th prize: 5,000yen (tie-breaks will be used to determine prize giving and rankings) U1600: Plaques for top 4 players

The organizers reserve the right to change the above regulations when necessary.
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.