Japan Chess Classic 2024 (3-Day/Challenger)

Japan Chess Classic 2024 will be held with two tournaments: Open, held for 4 days (7/13~16) and Challenger, held for 3 days (7/13~15). You can not register for both tournaments.


This page is the regulations for Challenger. For regulations of Open, please check the link below.




  • Date(s):Sat, July 13th, 2024 – Mon(Hol), July 15th, 2024
  • Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Curian”5F
    5-18-1 Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (map)
    About 2 min walk from Oimachi Station on JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyu Oimachi Line & Rinkai-sen
    About 15 min walk from Aomono-Yokocho Station on Keihin-Kyuko Line
  • Format:8R Swiss, 45 min +30sec/move, National & FIDE Standard Rated



  • Entry Criteria:Participants must fulfill both (1) and (2)
    (1) The participant’s FIDE Rating is lower than 1800 (if the participant has only FIDE Rapid Rating, that rating will be referred to.) or not rated. The Rating will be as of April 2024. The Rating can be looked up on FIDE Homepage.

    (2) The participant is an annual member of the Japan Chess Federation.
  • *Members must make sure that their membership is valid until the day of the tournament. If you are not a member, purchase tickets through Peatix and complete the membership registration as soon as possible.

  • Entry Fee 10,000 yen
    U22 7,000 yen
    *U22 refers to players who have not reached the age of 22 by January 1, 2024. (i.e. were born in and after 2002.
    *Both discounts can not be applied for one players.

  • Registration: Purchase tickets through [Peatix] during the registration period.(Limit: 40 players)
    A “waiting list” ticket will be sold at the same price along with the “participation ticket” on Peatix.
    “Waiting list tickets” can be purchased only when the capacity has been reached and regular tickets are sold out. If a cancellation occurs, the participants will be allowed to participate in the tournament in the order in which they purchased their “waiting list tickets,” and the purchase price will be applied directly to the entry fee. If the waiting list is not filled by one week prior to the tournament, the purchase price will be refunded.
    If a waiting list ticket purchaser becomes eligible to participate in the tournament, he/she will be notified via his/her registered email address.

    The number of spots for Open and Challenger are subject to change.
  • Registration Period: From 20:00 on Wed, April 24 2024 to 23:59 on Wed , 10 July 2024


Sat, July 13th

09:45-10:30  Check-in

10:30 Opening Ceremony

10:50  R1

14:20  R2

17:20  R3


Sun, July 14th

09:45  R4

13:15  R5

16:15  R6


Mon(Hol), July 15th

09:45  R7

13:15  R8

16:30  Prize Giving



  • 1st 5,000 yen, 2nd 3,000 yen, 3rd 2,000 yen
  • Top 5 places will be awarded plaques.
  • 6th-10th places will be awarded certificates.
  • Tie-breaks will be used to determine winners. No two players will share the prize.


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 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 rounds shall be given 0 points. If a player has more than 1 requested byes, the player will not qualify for prizes.
  • Pairing-allocated bye will be one point.
  • Pairings of the first round will be published between 18:00 and 24:00 on the day before the tournament.
  • If you wish to declare a bye or cancel your participation in the tournament after the closing time of the previous day, please contact japanchess.info@gmail.com .
  • If a player missed the last round without prior Bye report,  and does not contact the above address by email before the pairings of the next round is published, he/she will be disqualified and will be excluded from 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 FIDE ratings, the National ratings, titles, and the alphabetical order of the players.
  • The tournament will follow FIDE rules unless otherwise stated above. For example, an illigal 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 Japan Chess Federation. Participants shall agree to the publication and live broadcast of these photos and videos.

COVID-19 Related Rules

  • If a player has high temperature or is feeling sick, the player must tell the staff and get out of the venue immediately. If the organizer determines that the player is sick, the organizer may order the player to get out.
  • Players may put on their masks on their own decision. If a player is coughing or sneezing, the organizer may order the player to put on their masks.


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 to 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.
  • Japan Chess Federation shall not be responsible for any troubles between individuals.
  • If there is a discrepancy between English and Japanese, Japanese version prevails.




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