Step-Up Chess Tournament

Tournament Regulation


  • Date: Sat, August 24th, 2024
  • Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Curian” 5F Seminar Room 3
    5-18-1 Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (map
    2 min walk from Oimachi Station on JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokyu Oimachi Line & Rinkai-sen
    15 min walk from Aomono-Yokocho Station on Keihin-Kyuko Line
  • Format: 4R Swiss, 15min+10sec/move, National Rapid Rated
    Participants will be divided into two tournaments, Open and Group A.



  • Entry criteria: Japan Chess Federation members (yearly or 1-time tournament members), players either rated under 1400 in National Rapid Rating (If none, National Standard Rating) as of March, 2024, or not rated, exclusively.
    Group A is only for players with a National Rapid Rating under 1000 (If none, National Standard Rating). Participants who do not have a preference at the time of registration will be assigned to the appropriate group.
    *Guideline for the class you will participate in
    If you are participating in an official Japan Chess Federation tournament for the first time, i.e. without a national rating, you may refer to the or Lichess ratings. For example, if your rating is 1200 points or higher, we recommend the Open Class.
    *Please make sure that your membership is in effect until the date of the tournament.
    If you are not a member, please purchase tickets on Peatix and register as a member as soon as possible.
  • Entry fee: 3,000 yen
  • Registration: Purchase E-tickets through [Peatix] during the application period (Limit:  72 spots)
    *The QR code displayed on the E-ticket must be presented at check-in.
    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.
  • Registration Period: From 18:00 on Sat, 29 June 2024 to 23:59 on Sat, 17 Aug 2024



Sat, August 24th

13:30-14:00  Check-in

14:00  Opening Ceremony

14:20  R1

15:30  R2

16:40  R3

17:50  R4

19:00  Prize Giving



  • Open: 1st 3,000 yen, 2nd 2,000 yen, 3rd 1,000 yen,and certificates to 4th-6th place.
  • Group A: Plaques will be awarded to the 1st-3rd places and certificates to the 4th-6th places.
  • ChessMood awards will be given to 1st-3rd places in both Open and Group A.
  • Tie-breaks will be used to determine winners. No two players will share the prize.


Other Regulations

Tournament Rules

  • Tie-breaks:  1. Direct Encounter 2.Buchholz Cut-1,  3. Buchholz, 4. Sonneborn-Berger, 5. Sum of the ratings of the opponents, 6. 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.
  • Advance Bye: Bye (non-playing) declarations will be accepted until 18:00 on the day before the tournament day, and must be entered on the Bye Request Form. A player will receive 0.5 points for an advance bye and 0 points for a bye declared after the deadline, but all byes declared in the final round will receive 0 points. Players with more than one round of declared byes will be eliminated from the prize pool.
  • The compulsory Bye (Bye on the pairings) will be 1 point.
  • Pairings for the first round must be made after 18:00 and before 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
  • If a player missed the last round without prior Bye report,  and does not contact the above address by email, he/she will be disqualified and will be excluded from the tournament. 
  • Players must use clocks, chess sets, and score sheets provided by the organizer.
  • It is not necessary to record the moves. After the game is over, both players must sign each other’s score sheets and report the result to the arbiter. The results must be confirmed before signing.
  • If guardians talk to or make eye-contact with players, it may be penalized.  If guardians need to hand drinks or writing implements to players, call the arbiter for permission. Without permission, it may be penalized.
  • If guardians find anything wrong with the games, do not interfere into the game but call the arbiters.
  • All electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, smart watches, etc. must be turned off and put away in a bag during the game. They must not be worn during the match and must not be taken out of the venue in a bag. This rule applies regardless of whether or not the electronic devices are turned on, and any player who violates this rule will lose the match immediately, not by default. The use of smartphones or any other communication devices in the venue is also prohibited for observers and players who have finished their matches.
  • However, if you must carry an electronic device such as a cell phone during the game due to unavoidable circumstances, please send an e-mail to with the reason for your request when you register. The organizer will permit the possession of such a device only if it is approved by the organizer after taking the circumstances into consideration.
  • The order of precedence of the criteria for determining starting order shall be National Rapid Rating (if you do not have one, you will take over the National Standard Rating), Title, and Alphabetical order.
  • The other criteria will be determined in accordance with the FIDE Rules. However, illegal moves, wrong clock presses, use of both hands, etc. are also infractions, but since this is a tournament for beginners, the second time will not be considered a loss.


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.


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 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.




Japan Chess Federation





Chess-results (List of participants) Open

Chess-results (List of participants) Group A