Rookies Chess Spring&Summer 2022 (For newbies)


  • This event was scheduled to be held on Feb. 20th, but due to the spread of the infection, it has been postponed to May 15th. (2022/02/10)

Entries have reached the capped number. Email us to be listed on the waiting list. Thank you.

*An email will be sent to those whose applications have been accepted. If you have not received the email, please check your “junk mail” folder, “promotion” folder, etc. In case you did not receive the email, please contact us at

This is an event especially for those who are new to playing chess. Sign up and try some games over the board and learn how to go about playing chess!!!

This event is also open to non-NCS members who are new to chess. If you are beginners and/or your rating is lower than 1200 on, sign up and have some fun time!

(The Rookies Chess will be held just before the Step-up Chess tournament on the same day.)



Date: Feb 20th, 2022 →May 15th, 2022
Venue: OTAKU SANGYO PLAZA PiO (See: Access)
Time control: 15min+10sec/move
Tournament format: 3 rounds, Rapid (no change in NCS rating)


Entry fee: 2000yen for NCS members, 3000yen for non-NCS members
Beginners, UR players, <1200 players Capped at 16 players
Registration: Email at
Registration Deadline: between 1/16 and 2/16  →between 4/11 and 5/11
Payment Deadline: between 2/7 and 2/17 →between 4/28 and 5/12


Date Time Schedule
5/15 (SUN) 9:45 Technical Meeting
10:00 Round 1
11:00 Round 2
12:00 Round 3

Event Details:

  • There are no prize giving ceremony.
  • The organizer will provide chess equipment including clocks.
  • Players must record first 10 moves. After that, recording of moves is NOT required.
  • All electronic devices including smartwatches 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 her/his game, the player loses the game.
  • All players have to agree to the above rules and the COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • No observers are allowed without permission. Please contact NCS. You need to have the permission the day before your requested date. No permission is given on the day of the event.
  • The tournament will follow FIDE rules unless otherwise stated above.
  • 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.
  • Due to some unforeseen incidents and/or because of the pandemic situation, the tournament may be postponed or cancelled with a short notice. Thank you for your understanding.
  • If you cancel no less than 4 days before the tournament, the entry fee will be credited towards your next tournament. The fee will not be credited if cancellation happens 3 days or less before the tournament.
  • There is no refund on entry fees.
  • NCS cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur between individuals.

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