Tokyo Chess Championship 2023


Registration has closed as the number of participants reached to the limit.



  • Date (Dates): Saturday, March 4 – Sunday, March 5
  • Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Kyurian”6th Floor, Main conference room
    5-18-1 Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (map) 
  • Format: 45min+30sec/move, 6 Rounds, Swiss, NCS rated


  • Entry criteria: NCS members (yearly or 1-time tournament members) 
  • Entry fee: 6,000yen
  • Registration: Purchase tickets through [Peatix] during the application period (Only – 70 spots)
  • Entries are accepted: Between 18:00 on Friday, January 13, 2023, and  23:59 on Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Playing schedule

  Saturday, March 4

09:45-10:10 Check-in

10:10 Opening Ceremony

10:30 Round1

14:00 Round2

17:00 Round3

Sunday, march 5

09:30 Round4

13:00 Round5

16:00 Round6

19:00 Prizegiving




  • Prizes for top 3 players of each group. Groups are Open, A (U1800), and B (U1400). 
  • Open 1st place: 15,000yen, 2nd place: 10,000yen, 3rd place: 8000yen. Plaques will also be awarded.
  • Group A 1st place: 8,000yen, 2nd place: 7,000yen, 3rd place: 6,000yen. Plaques will also be awarded.
  • Group B 1st to 3rd place for plaques to be awarded
  • Tie-breaks will be used to determine the winners. No two players will share the prize. A winner of the open group is excluded from his/her group.
  • This is a qualifying tournament for Japan Chess Championship which is held between May 3rd and May 7th 2023 in Tokyo. 1 player per 8 participants, plus 1 additional local player will qualify (excluding the players who have already qualified). If a player declines, then the next one player on the list will be selected.
  • (Prize and groups may change depending on the number of participants)


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, on the day before the tournament. (Please email to However, 0 points are given for the last round. 
  • If a player has two requested bye, the player will not qualify for prizes or the qualification for the Japan Chess Championship.
  • Pairing-allocated bye will be one point.
  • Pairings of the first round will be published at 20:00 on the day before the tournament.
  • The organizer will provide chess equipment, including clocks and score sheets. Players must use them.
  • Players need 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.
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  • NCS cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur between individuals.

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