Japan Team Chess Championship 2023



  • Dates:Sunday, September 17th – Monday (Holiday), September 18th
  • Venue:Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Curian”5F Seminar Room 2

5-18-1 Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (Map) 

  • Format:Team Tournament (4 players), 6R Swiss, 30min+30sec/move, National Rated



  • Entry Criteria:All team members (4 or 5 players) have become Japan Chess Federation Members (Yearly or 1-time Tournament Members) before Thursday, August 31st.
  • Entry Fee:20,000 yen per one team
  • Registered Clubs outside Honshu can join for free, and Registered Clubs outside Kanto can join for half the price.

*The discount can be applied for only one team per one club.

*The discount is aimed to attract players from all around Japan. We may not apply the discount if this purpose is not fulfilled (e.g. a team from a Registered Club outside Kanto gets a discount, and yet more than half of the members live in Kanto).

“Teams with all the members is U22” or “Teams from Japan Collegiate Chess Federation” can join for 16,000 yen.

*U22 refers to players who have not reached the age of 22 by January 1, 2023, and were born in and after 2001

*As for Japan Collegiate Chess Federation teams, the discount can be applied only if half or more members are U22.

  • Team Composition:4 or 5 players for 1 team.

1 Captain is required. The captain may or may not be a player of the team (e.g. a team can be composed of 5 children players and an additional adult captain).

  • Registration:Purchase tickets through Peatix during the registration period. (Only – 50 teams)

*Fill in the name of the team, the name of the captain, the e-mail address of the captain, the name of the club or university circle.

*Teams can receive the discount by filling in the discount code “U22” when purchasing the team participation ticket on Peatix.

  • Entries are accepted:There is a Registered Club advance registration period before the general registration period.

*The registration of the team member and the fixed board order must be done on Google Forms in the registration period (Until Thursday, August 31st, 23:59). The member and the fixed board order can not be changed during the tournament.

  • “Waiting list tickets” could be purchased only after the usual participation ticket got sold out, and those who purchased the “Waiting list ticket” can register for the tournament when there were a cancel in order. The order of registration will be based on how early the player put their name on the waiting list, and the ticket fee will be accounted as the participation fee. If there were not enough cancels to make a spot for players in the waiting list, the ticket fee will be returned.


Registered Club advance registration period:Monday, July 10th ~ Sunday, July 17th, 18:00

Only two teams per one club can register in advance. To register more teams, the registration should be made in the General registration period.

General registration pediod:Monday (Holiday), July 17th, 18:00 ~ Tuesday, August 31st 23: 59 [Peatix]



Sunday, September 17th

9:30 – 10:10 Check-in

10:10 Opening Ceremony

10:30 R1

13:50 R2

16:40 R3


Monday (Holiday), September 18th

9:30 R4

12:50 R5

15:40 R6

18:30 Prize Giving



  • Team Prize:The starting list will be decided upon the average of the rating of the top four players on the team. The list will be divided into two groups, Open and Group A.
  • Open:1st 50,000 yen, 2nd 40,000 yen, 3rd 30,000 yen, 4th 25,000 yen, 5th 20,000 yen
  • Group A:1st 20,000 yen, 2nd 15,000 yen, 3rd 10,000 yen, 4th 7,000 yen, 5th 5,000 yen (Top teams of Group A excluding the winners of Open)
  • Japan Collegiate Chess Championship team:1st 20,000 yen

JCCF team prize and Open /Group A prizes will not be given to the same team.


  • Board Prize:1 player from Board 1~4 each: 5,000 yen each


  • All elementary school and kindergarten players will receive a participation prize.

Other Regulations

Tournament Rules

  • Game Point:  Team match composes of simultaneous four games.  A win of a game counts for 1 point, a draw for 0.5 points, and a loss for 0 points.
  • Match Point:  A win of a team counts for 2 points, a draw for 1 point, and a loss for 0 points.  (A team wins if it acquires more game points than its opponent.  A team draws if its game points are as same as its opponent’s.)
  • Ranking:  Final ranking will be determined by the sum of the match points.  Tie-breaks are as follows.
    (1) Points (Sum of game points)
    (2) Results of the teams (Result of the direct encounter of the teams)
    (3) Buchholz (Sum of the match points of the opponents)
    (4) Sonneborn-Berger (Sum of the match points of the opponents against which the team won and sum of the half of the points of the opponents against which the team drew.)
    (5) Drawing of lots
  • Ranking for Board Prizes:  Ranking will be determined by the sum of the game points of individual players.  Tie-breaks are as follows.
    (1) Performance Rating
    (2) Ranking of their Teams

Players with 3 or less games played can not qualify for the prize.

  • 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: No bye request will be accepted.
  • 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 team pairings will be done according to the average National ratings of the team. This average is calculated using the ratings of the top four members of the team. The rating of a player with no rating is provisionally calculated as 1000. 
  • 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.)

Team competition rules

  • A team consists of 4 or 5 players, including a captain, and plays a 4-player team match.  (A team captain can be a player or a non-player. If the captain is not a player, that team may have 5 players plus a captain).
  • The registration of the team member and the fixed board order must be done on Google Forms in the registration period (Until Thursday, August 31st, 23:59). The member and the fixed board order can not be changed during the tournament.
  • The member and the fixed board order can be changed on Google Forms in the registration period. The changes can still be made after the registration period, but members that can be added are limited to those who are Japan Chess Federation members as of August 31st. In such cases, the changes can be made by mailing to japanchess.info@gmail.com.
  • If a team gets an allocated bye, or if the opposing team fails to show up with more than two players, the team will be declared a forfeit win. The match point will be 2, and the game point will be 4.
  • Please refrain from talking or communicating with other members, other players or spectators during the game.
  • No pre-arranged draws will be permitted. If found that such an arrangement had been made, the players or the teams will be penalized at the discretion of the chief arbiter.
  • A team Captain must refrain from interfering with players during the games. S/he shall not stand across from the players where eye contact could be made with his/her players.
  • After each round, a team captain should check the results and report any errors to the chief arbiter immediately. To avoid confusion, only captains are allowed to communicate with arbiters.
  • As for the orders of Round 2 to 6, the orders will be submitted using the order sheets given out by the organizer. Each captain must submit the next round’s Round Team List (RTL = Round Team List) to the chief arbiter 10 min before the next round. If no RTL is submitted, the Fixed Board Order (FBO) will be used for the next round for the team.
  • As of the order of Round 1, team pairings will be announced on Thursday, September 15th. We will email the pairings to team captains. Please reply with the 1st round RTL by 20:00 on Friday, September 16th. If you do not reply, FBO will be used for R1.
  • A Captain Meeting will be held online befor the tournament. The meeting is planned to be held on Friday, September 15th, 21:00 ~ 22:00. The captain or a substitute from each team must attend the meeting.
  • Notice: the article, “A team captain is entitled to advise the players of his/her team to make or accept an offer of a draw. The player can also ask his/her captain if s/he may offer or accept a draw. The team captain shall then speak to the player in the presence of an arbiter. The same procedure shall be followed if a player needs to speak to the captain.” was deleted. We apologize for making the change before the tournament. (September 14th)


 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 10 minutes of each game, including the use of a mobile phone. 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 live coverage of the event. These may be published and used in media such as websites, SNS, video sites, and journals managed by Japan Chess Federation. Participants shall agree to the publication and live broadcast of these photos and videos.

COVID-19 Related Rules

  • 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 canceled.
  • Cancellation must be noticed to japanchess.info@gmail.com.
  • 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)