Japan Women’s Chess Championship 2023




Dates: Saturday, 29 July – Sunday, 30 July
Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Curian”6F Seminar Room 4
5-18-1 Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (map)
2 min walk from Oimachi Station on JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyo Oimachi Line & Rinkai-sen, 15 min walk from Aomono-Yokocho Station on Keihin-Kyuko Line
Format: 6R Swiss, 45min+30sec/move, Domestic Rated


Entry criteria: Female Japan Chess Federation Members (Yearly or 1-time Tournament Members)
Entry Fee: ¥6,500 U22 ¥4,500
*U22 refers to players who have not reached the age of 22 by January 1, 2023, and were born in and after 2001.

Registration: Purchase tickets through [Peatix] during the registration period.(Limit: 30 players)
Registration Period: From 18:00 on Monday, June 5 to 23:59 on Wednesday, July 26 2023


Saturday, July 29
09:30-10:10 Check-in
10:10 Opening Ceremony
10:30 R1
14:00 R2
17:00 R3

Sunday, July 30
09:30 R4
13:00 R5
16:00 R6
19:00 Prize Giving


Plaques will be awarded to the top three finishers.
Tie-breakers will be used to determine the standings.
ChessMood prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers and one other player selected by drawing.
The title of the Japan Women’s Chess Champion shall be awarded only to the highest-ranked Japanese chess player.
Japan Woman’s Chess Champion will be informally selected to represent Japan National Team at the 2024 Chess Olympiad.
The top two finishers of this tournament will be qualified for the Japan Chess Championship 2024. If the top two qualifiers are not Japanese chess nationals, the highest-ranked Japanese chess nationals will be qualified in addition to the above. There will be no backwardation.
This competition will also serve as the selection of representing and/or invited female players for international tournaments from this event onward until the next year’s Championship.

Other Regulations

Tournament Rules

1. Buchholz Cut-1 (Sum of the opponents’ points excluding the lowest)
2. Buchholz (Sum of the opponents’ points)
3. Sonneborn-Berger (Sum of the defeated opponents’ points and halves of drawn opponents’ points)
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 starts, she/he shall lose the game by default. The game is not rated.
Pre-registered byes: Bye requests will be accepted until 18:00 on the day before the tournament by filling in the Bye Request Form. 0.5 points will be awarded for pre-requested Byes, and 0 points for Bye requested after the deadline. The requested Bye for the final 2 rounds shall be given 0 points. If a player has more than 2 requested byes, 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 on 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 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 in order of the Domestic ratings, titles, and the alphabetical order of the players.
The tournament will follow FIDE rules unless otherwise stated above. For example, an illegal move will be penalised and the second illegal move will result in the 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 (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 10 minutes of each round. No photos are allowed after 10 minutes, except for the case 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 the Japan Chess Federation. Participants shall agree to the publication and live broadcast of these photos and videos.


All players have to follow the COVID-19 Guidelines 4th Edition.

Other Rules

The organizer reserves the right for changing the above rules with adequate reason before the first round starts.
Due to the spread of coronavirus infection or other unforeseeable reasons, there may be unavoidable changes to the duration of the rounds or the event may be cancelled.
Cancellation must be noticed to japanchess.info@gmail.com.
If cancellation is made 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 registration deadline. We do not refund once the number of applicants has reached the maximum.
The Japan Chess Federation shall not be responsible for any troubles between individuals.
If there is a discrepancy between English and Japanese, the Japanese version prevails.



Japan Chess Federation






COVID-19 Guidelines 4th Edition
Chess-Results (participants list)