Tournament Rules & Conditions of Entry

The tournament will operate in accordance with the FIDE Laws of Chess except as otherwise indicated on our entry forms or this website. Players entering the tournament agree thereby to abide by these rules and the decisions of the controllers.

It is a condition of entry that players agree to their grading information and results being published on the ECF and Kidlington websites and the UTU Swiss Tournament Results Service.

We reserve the right to refuse entries or transfer entrants from one section to another at any point.

Time Allowance. Digital clocks will be used. Each player will have 90 minutes for the game, plus 15 seconds per move automatically added from move 1.

Any player arriving more than 30 minutes late will be deemed to have lost unless re-pairing is possible. His/her opponent, however, must expect to be paired again if another player is otherwise without a game after 30 minutes. The time allowance is subject to alteration in the case of such re-pairings.

Byes. A player may take a half-point bye in any one of the first four rounds. If possible, the player should notify us on the entry form or at the beginning of the tournament.

Withdrawals. Players who decide to withdraw during the tournament should notify a controller in person or note it on their result slip. Players who withdraw before the first round will have their entry fee refunded less a £3 administration fee.

Electronic devices: A player must not use any electronic device during a game without the controller’s explicit permission. Although players may keep such devices with them at the venue, they must be fully switched off (not merely muted) in the playing area at all times during playing sessions.
In particular, a player whose mobile phone sounds during a game will forfeit the game.

ECF membership: Silver-or-higher-level members of the ECF have their Kidlington games graded free of charge, but the tournament organizers will be charged £7.50 for the grading of the games of non-members and Bronze-level members. Hence the grading surcharge for such entrants on our entry form. In the case of Bronze-lvel ECF members paying the surcharge, their ECF membership will be upgraded to Silver level after the tournament.

Grading and prizes. For the purposes of eligibility, grading prizes, etc., grades will be taken, where available, from the latest corrected version of the ECF’s August 2018 grading list, based on results up to 30 June 2018. (A published January 2019 grade, if available, will be used for those purposes only if the player has no grade in the August 2018 list.) Players without a current ECF standard-play grade should give their most recent ECF grade and any other current official grade. Players with no official grade should provide other evidence of their playing strength, e.g. other tournament results, so that we may judge in which section to place them. Please note that:
(i) Only players with a current ECF standard-play grade are eligible for grading prizes.
(ii) In the grading-limited sections, players for whom we lack grading information based on at least ten graded games in the last five years can receive only half of any individual prize.
Grading prizes will be shared in the event of a tie.

Individual and Team Prizes. No entrant may receive more than one individual prize, but a winner of an individual prize remains eligible for a share in the team competition prize.

Oxfordshire Individual Championship
The title of Oxfordshire Chess Champion and the Championship Trophy will be awarded to the eligible player with the highest combined score in the Open sections of the Witney Weekend Congress (held in November 2018) and the 2019 Kidlington Chess Tournament.

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