Japan Women’s Chess Championship 2022

Important Notice

Due to spread of COVID-19, no observers are allowed.



  • Date (Dates): Saturday, August 20, 2022, to Sunday, August 21, 2022
  • Venue: Ota Ward Industrial Plaza Pio 6F Conference Room C
    1-20-20, Minami-Kamata, Ota Ward, Tokyo (access)
  • Format:45 min+30sec/move, 6 Rounds, Swiss, NCS rated


  • Entry criteria:  Female NCS members only (yearly or 1-time tournament members)
  • Entry fee: 6,500 yen
  • Registration: Purchase tickets through [Peatix] during the application period (Maximum total of 50 spots together with the Japan Women’s and the Japan Senior Chess Championship)
  • Entries are accepted: between 6:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2022, and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Playing schedule

Date Time Schedule
08/20 (Sat)
9:30-10:10 Reception
10:30 1st Round
14:00 2nd Round
17:00 3rd Round
08/21 (Sun) 9:30 4th Round
13:00 5th Round
16:00 6th Round
19:00 Prizegiving


  • Plaques will be awarded to the top three winners.
  • Moodcoins that can be used in Chessmood’s online course will be awarded as prizes. The detail of the prize will be announced separately, considering the number of participants.
  • Qualifying for the Japan Chess Championships: The top two finishers of this tournament will be qualified for the Japan Chess Championship 2023. If the top two qualifiers are not Japanese chess nationals, the highest-ranked Japanese chess national will be qualified in addition to the above. There will be no backwardation.
  • The title of the Japan Women’s Chess Champion shall be awarded only to the highest-ranked Japanese chess player. The Japan Women’s Chess Champion is awarded the Miyoko Watai Prize.
  • This competition will also serve as the selection of the Japanese representatives and invited athletes for the World Championships starting in the fall of 2022 and continuing through the next year’s main competition.

Other regulations

Tournament rules

  • Tie-breaks: 1. Buchholz Cut-1, 2. Buchholz, 3. Sonneborn-Berger, 4. Sum. of the ratings of the opponents, 5. Drawing of lots.
  • Default time:  If any player is not present within 10 min after the game started, she/he shall lose the game by default. The game is not rated.
  • Byes: Bye requests will be accepted until 18:00, the day before the tournament.  0.5 points will be awarded for pre-requested Byes, and 0 points for Bye request after the deadline. The requested Bye for the final round shall be given 0 points.   If a player has more than 1 requested Byes, the player will not qualify for prizes. Pairing-allocated bye will be 1 point.
  • Pairings of the first round will be published at 20:00 the day before the tournament.
  • The organizer will provide chess equipment including clocks and score sheets. Players must use them.
  • Players must record all moves. Once the game is finished, both players sign both score sheets and hand over the original score sheets to the arbiters. Make sure the results are correct before signing.
  • All electronic devices including smartphones, tablets and/or smartwatches must be turned off and stored away. Players are not allowed to keep it on him/her or take it outside of the venue in a bag. When a player breaks these rules, his/her game shall be immediately lost. It is forbidden for anybody to use a mobile phone or any kind of communication device in the playing venue.
  • The pairings will be done according to the NCS rating. If there are 2 players with the same FIDE rating, the NCS rating and the alphabetical order of the players will be used.
  • The tournament will follow FIDE rules unless otherwise stated above. (2nd illegal move – loss of the game. Pressing the clock by mistake or pressing it with the other hand which touched the pieces will also be judged as an illegal move.)

Media related rules

  • The results of this tournament will be posted on the Internet (chess-results.com) for reporting purposes. The game record may also be published on the Internet. Participants agree to the publication of their real names, results, and game records.
  • Observers are allowed to take photos for the first 5 minutes of each game, including the use of a mobile phone but after 5 minutes, all mobiles have to be put away by the observers and they are not allowed to use them in the playing room. Exception for people with special permission.
  • Individuals who wish to use photos or videos of participants (during games, award ceremonies, etc.) must be careful to protect their privacy. In addition to obtaining comprehensive consent in advance, for example, in the case of minors, the permission of their guardians must be obtained, and due consideration must be given to the protection of personal information and portrait rights.
  • The organizer will take photos, record videos, and broadcast live coverage of the event. These may be published and used in media such as websites, SNS, video sites, and journals managed by NCS. Participants shall agree to the publication and live broadcast of these photos and videos.

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • All players have to follow the COVID-19 Guidelines Revised. In addition, the players have to agree to the rules Stricter COVID-19 measures while the stricter COVID-19 measures are to be applied.
  • No observers are allowed. However, one parent or guardian per underage participant is allowed in the venue for just the five minutes.

Other rules

  • The organizer reserves the right for changing the above conditions in case of reasonable cases before the first round begins.
  • Due to the nature of the venue, there may be unavoidable changes to the duration of the event or the event may be cancelled.
  • If cancellation is made before the day 7-days prior to the registration deadline and the number of participants has not reached the maximum number, a refund will be made. No refunds will be made for any reason after the day 7-days prior to the registration deadline or when the maximum number of participants has been reached.
  • NCS cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur between individuals.

Organizer and Sponsorship





  • COVID-19 Guidelines Revised
  • Stricter COVID-19 measures