Japan Senior Chess Championship 2024



  • Dates: Saturday, 17 August – Sunday, 18 August
  • Venue: Shinagawa Ward General Kumin Hall “Curian”6F 
    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



  • Entry criteria: Japan Chess Federation members over 50 only (Yearly Members)
    *Players who have reached 50 on January 1st, 2025. Those born in or before 1975.
  • Entry Fee: ¥6,500
  • Registration: Purchase E-tickets through [Peatix] during the registration period.(Limit: 40 players)
    *The QR code displayed on the E-ticket must be presented at check-in. 
  • Registration Period: From 18:00 on Wednesday, July 3 to 23:59 on Saturday, August 10 2024



Saturday, August 17

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



  • The top 5 finishers will be awarded, with the top 3 receiving plaques.
  • ChessMood prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers and one other player selected by drawing.
  • Awards will be given for top 3 finishers in the 65+(O65)age group.
  • Tiebreakers will be used to determine the standings.
  • The title of the Japan Senior Chess Champion shall be awarded only to the highest-ranked Japanese chess player.
  • The top two finishers of this tournament will be qualified for the Japan Chess Championship 2025. 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 senior players for international tournaments from this event onward until the next year’s Championship.


Other Regulations

Tournament Rules

  • Tie-breaks:
  1. Direct Encounter (If all the tied players have met each other, the sum of points from these encounters is used)
  2. Buchholz Cut-1 (Sum of the opponents’ points excluding the lowest)
  3. Buchholz (Sum of the opponents’ points)
  4. Sonneborn-Berger (Sum of the defeated opponents’ points and halves of drawn opponents’ points)
  5. Sum of the ratings of the opponents
  6. 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 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 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. 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 japanchess.info@gmail.com 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 pairings will be done in order of the National 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 penalized 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, or provided to the mass media in case of interviews. 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.





Japan Chess Federation





Chess-results (List of participants)