Tokyo Chess Festival 2023 Classical Weekend



  • Dates: Saturday, October 14th – Sunday, October 15th
    Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Curian”5F Seminar Room 1
    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, National Rated
  • Participants will be divided into 2 groups of Open and U1400 and be paired in each group, but can participate in Open if wanted. To participate in Open, choose the group when purchasing the ticket in Peatix. Unrated players can participate in either group. Players who did not make a choice will be automatically added to the tournament based on their rating.


  • Entry criteria: Japan Chess Federation members (yearly or 1-time tournament members)
    (Players who have reached 50 on January 1st, 2024. Those born in or before 1973.)
  • Entry Fee: ¥6,000, U22:¥4.200
    (U22 refers to players who have not reached 22 on January 1st, 2023. Those born in or after 2001.)
  • Registration: Purchase tickets through [Peatix] during the registration period.(Limit: 64 players)
  • Registration Period: From 19:00 on Sunday, September 3rd to 23:59 on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023


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

Sunday, October 15th
09:30 R4
13:00 R5
16:00 R6
19:00 Prize Giving


  • Plaques will be awarded to the top three finishers of both Open and U1400.
  • ChessMood prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers of both Open and U1400.
  • participation prizes will be awarded to all participants of U12.
  • Tiebreakers will be used to determine the standings.

Other Regulations

Tournament Rules

  • Tie-breaks:
    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 1 round 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 ( 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.

 COVID-19 Related Rules

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


  • There is no registration needed in advance to visit the tournament, and will be accepted at the venue at the date of the tournament.

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
  • 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.

Organizer and Sponsorships








Open Chess-results (Participants List)

U1400 Chess-results (Participants List)

COVID-19 Guidelines 4th Edition