Selection Criteria for Japan Chess Championship 2023

We will select the qualifiers for Japan Chess Championship 2023 according to the following criteria.


A. Top 5 players from Japan Chess Championship 2022, including top female, top senior and top junior player.


B. Top player in Japan Rapid Chess Championship 2022


C. Top 2 players in Japan Women’s Chess Championship 2022


D. Top 2 players in Japan Senior Chess Championship 2022


E. Top 5 players in Japan Chess Classic 2022


F. Top 5 players in Japan Open 2022


G. Top 2 players in University Chess Championship 2022


*For A through G, if the top player does not have a Japanese FIDE ID, the top player with a Japanese FIDE ID will also qualify.


H. Chess Olympiad 2022 members


I. Top 20 players listed on NCS January 2023 Rating list
(Active players only. (Note 1) Excluding qualified players from above A through I)


J. One player for every 8 participants at all qualifying tournaments held in 2023
(The number of qualified players is supposed to be one among 8 participants or less, two among 16 participants or less, and so on.)
(Players who had already qualified should be removed from the number of participants and the selection process.)
– One player for every 6 participants will be qualified outside the Kanto region.
– If a qualified player declines, the hosting club organizer can select the next ranked participant as a qualifier.
– A hosting club organizer can select a “Jimotowaku.” (Note 2).


K. Top player of Japan Youth Chess Championship 2023 in each U18, U16, and U14 category, with a win rate of 50% or higher


Note 1: Active Player – A player who has updated their NCS standard rating at least four times in the last 2 years between January 2020 and December 2022.


Note 2: Jimotowaku – A hosting club organizer can select one local participant as the extra qualifier.


*The above rules only apply to NCS yearly members during the tournament or in the previous month of publication of the rating list.
1-time tournament members may not be selected.



Japan Chess Championship 2023 Qualifiers List