Step-up Chess Tournament 2023 Haru


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The first step to official tournaments. 

Advisors will be available to help you review your games.

Feel the excitement and fun of the chess tournament 

and make your chess friends at the venue!



  • Date (Dates): Sunday, February 5
  • Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Kyurian”5th Floor, Seminar Room 4
    5-18-1 Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (map)
  • Format: 15min + 10sec/ move, 4 Rounds, Swiss, NCS rated
  • It is possible to participate in both the Rookies Chess and Step-up Chess Tournaments.


  • Entry criteria: NCS members (yearly or 1-time tournament members) and for U1400 or UR only
  • Entry fee: 2,500yen
  • Registration: Purchase tickets through [Peatix] during the application period (Only – 30 spots)
  • Entries are accepted: Between 18:00 on Friday, December 9, 2022, and  23:59 on Thursday, February 2, 2023

Playing Schedule


Sunday, February 5

13:45 -14:15 Check-in

14:15 Opening Ceremony

14:30 Round1

15:30 Round2

16:30 Round3

17:30 Round4

18:45 Prizegiving




  • 1st-3,000yen, 2nd-2,000yen, 3rd-1,000yen.
  • All players who win all games are tied as the 1st place winners.

Otherwise, tie-breaks will be used to determine winners and no two players will share the prize.

Other regulations

Tournament rules

  • Tie-breaks: 1. Buchholz, 2. Sonneborn-Berger, 3. Total of the ratings of the opponents, 4. Drawing of lots.
  • Default time:  If any player is not present within 10 min after the game starts, she/he shall lose the game by default. The game is not rated.
  • Pre-registered byes: 0.5 point bye requests will be accepted until 18:00, the day before the tournament. (Please email to However, 0 points are given for the last round. 
  • If a player has a requested bye, the player will not qualify for prizes.
  • Pairing-allocated bye will be one 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 need NOT 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 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 NCS rating, titles, 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 tournament results will be posted on the Internet ( 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 10 minutes of each game, including the use of a mobile, but after 10 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 the event live. 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
  • No observers are allowed without permission. Please contact NCS. You need to have permission by email the day before the tournament starts. ( However, one parent or guardian per underage participant is allowed in the venue.

Other rules

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the above conditions in case of reasonable cases before the first round begins.
  • Due to the spread of coronavirus infection or other unforeseeable reasons, there may be unavoidable changes to the duration of the event, or the event may be cancelled.
  • If cancellation is made before the day 8-days before the registration deadline and the number of participants has not reached the maximum number, a refund will be made.We do not refund from 7-days before the application deadline. We do not refund once the number of applicants has reached the maximum.
    ( email:
  • NCS cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur between individuals.

Organizer and Sponsorship


National Chess Society of Japan