Irish Championships 2017: Terms and Conditions

John McMorrow


  1. It is a condition of entry to the The Irish Championship 2017 sponsored by Clare County Council that all players accept these terms and conditions.

  2. All participants must be current members of the ​Irish Chess Union (​ICU​) and all entrants to the main week-long event must be registered as IRL with FIDE. Non-IRL players are permitted to entered the other events but may not claim the title of "Irish Champion" in any section. The titles will be awarded to the highest placed IRL player. Prize money will be awarded as stated with no distinction between IRL and non-IRL.

  3. Prizes to be paid by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT).

  4. No Player may win more than one prize.

  5. All place (1st. - 3rd.) prize money will be shared equally amongst tied players.

Competition Terms

  1. The latest official ICU rating list shall apply.

  2. Pairing will be done in accordance with the FIDE Swiss pairing rules using the FIDE approved Swiss Master pairing program. Published pairings will not be changed unless: "They are in breach of one of the absolute pairing rules specified by FIDE".

  3. Should a player not turn up for a particular round and fail to inform the controller they may be withdrawn from the tournament.

  4. Players are reminded of Law 11.3 (Laws of Chess) regarding Mobile Phones.

Time Controls

  1. Time control: 105 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 second increment from move 1.

  2. When a player has less than 5:00 minutes on the clock, they must still record their moves.

  3. A player who's time runs out will lose the game, provided the opponent could, from the final position, checkmate with any possible series of legal moves (see laws of chess 6.9). The series of moves do not have to be logical, just legal!

  4. The default time for every section is 30 minutes.

Playing Conditions

  1. Sets and clocks will be provided for all players.

  2. At the end of each game players must set the board up correctly (i.e. White Rook on a1).

  3. Sets and Clocks must not be removed from the playing room.

  4. Clocks must be left at the side of the board where placed by the Arbiter.

  5. Spare sets will be available for analysis subject availability.

  6. No analysis may take place in the playing rooms, board & sets will be available in the lobby area.

Created 2017-02-12 ◦ Last updated 2017-07-27 ◦ Editor JMM

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