Tokyo Chess Championship 2020 – CANCELLED-

This is a tournament open to all players with NCS ID!


Tokyo Chess Championship 2020

  1. Dates/Venue: March 20(Fri)-21(Sat) / Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Kyurian” (Across from JR Oimachi Station) 5th
  2. Time Control: 6R Swiss. 45min+30sec/move, Standard, NCS rated.
  3. Entry fee: Adults – 6000yen, U23 – 5000yen, U15 – 3000yen.
  4. Registration: email at
    Registration Deadline: March 16 20:00.  
    Payment Deadline: March 17 12:00.
  5. Prize: Plaque for top 3 players of each group. Groups are Open, A (U1600), B (U1200). Tie-breaks will be used to determine winners. No two players will share the prize. A winner of the open group is excluded from his/her group.
  6. This is a qualifying tournament for Japan Chess Championship which is held in May 2020. 1 player per 8 participants, plus 1 additional local player will qualify excluding the players who have already qualified.
  7. Schedule:

Please note that the first day is Friday!
20th (Fri) 

Time Schedule  
9:00 Venue opens  
9:40 Registration and Pairings  
10:00 Round 1  
13:30 Round 2  
16:30 Round 3  

21st (Sat) 

9:00 Venue opens  
9:30 Round 4  
13:00 Round 5  
16:00 Round 6  
19:00 Prize giving  
20:00 Venue closes  

  • Entry Criteria: NCS members (yearly or 1-time tournament members).
  • Membership Fee: Adults – 6300yen, U23 – 4200yen, U19 – 3200yen, U15 – 2200yen (1-time tournament membership fee: 2200yen, U15 -1200yen. This membership does not count towards the selection of the qualification for Japan Chess Championship).
  • The default time is 30 min. from the start of each game. If any player is not present within half an hour after the game started, he/she shall lose the game by default. The game is not rated.
  • Tie-breaks: Direct encounter, 2. Buchholz Cut 1, 3. Sonneborn-Berger, 4. Sum of the ratings of the opponents, 5.  Drawing of lots.
  • Players must record all the moves until the end. When the game is finished, check the results, sign the score sheets and report the result to the arbiter.
  • Pre-registered byes: Half point bye requests will be accepted before round 1 begins. 0 points are given for the last round. If a player has more than 1 pre-requested bye, the player will not qualify for prizes nor qualify for Japan Chess Championship. 1 point for a forced bye.
  • All electronic devices including a smartwatch have to 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 10 minutes, all mobiles have to be put away by the spectators and they are not allowed to use them in the playing room.
  • This is an NCS rated tournament. The pairings will be done according to the NCS rating and the alphabetical order of the players will be used.
  • The tournament will follow FIDE rules unless otherwise stated above. (1st illegal move – 2 extra minutes are given to the opponent. 2nd illegal move – loss of the game. etc.)
  • The organizer will provide chess equipment including clocks.
  • The organizer reserves the right for changing the above conditions in case of reasonable cases before the first round begins. And please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for use on the 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.
  • Parings and results will be on

Organized by

National Chess Society of Japan

2020 Japan Chess Championship qualifying tournaments