The Bermuda Chess Cup 2017 Invitation
This is the official invitation to all Bermuda chess players to participate in the Bermuda Chess Cup 2017.
The tournament will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda.
The dates are October 10, 2017 – Dec 19, 2017.
The games will take place in the IAS Building East, 44 Church Street East, Hamilton
2. Regulations for the Bermuda Chess Cup 2017
2. 1. Tournament format
2. 1. 1 There shall be four (4) rounds of matches comprising two (2) games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round, plus the final fourth (4th) round comprising of four (4) games.
Players meeting October 10, 2017
Round 1: there shall be 16 players
Round 2: there shall be 8 players
Round 3: there shall be 4 players
Round 4: there shall be 2 players (or 4 players if a match is needed for 3rd place)
2. 2. Schedule of the Bermuda Cup tournament
Players meeting 1 day
Round 1: 2 days
Round 2: 2 days
Tiebreaks 1 day
Round 3: 2 days
Tiebreaks 1 day
Round 4: 4 days
Tiebreaks 1 day
All games shall begin preferably at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays.
All tie-breaks shall begin preferably at 5:00 pm on Sundays.
2. 3. 1. Any player that withdraws after the pairings are announced shall not be replaced.
2. 3. 2. Players that fail to provide a satisfactory reason for withdrawal, after they have signed the player's contract, may be excluded from the next Bermuda Championship cycle.
2. 4. Pairings.
2. 4. 1. All participants will start from Round 1.
2. 4. 2. For purposes of pairings, the players shall be ranked according to the most recent rating list when pairings for the 1st round are announced. In case of equality of two or more players, the player with the greater number of games played during the period covered by the list shall be higher seeded. In case of equal number, the order will be decided by the drawing of lots.
2. 4. 3. Pairings shall follow the principle of top half vs. lower half reversed (1-16, 2-15...). Thus the highest ranked player of the top half shall play the lowest ranked player of the bottom half. The second ranked player of the top half shall play the penultimate ranked player of the bottom half. And so on.
2. 4. 4. For the second and subsequent rounds pairings shall follow the same procedure as in 2.4.3 with the clarification that if the lower ranked player wins in any match, he shall automatically assume the position of the higher ranked player.
2. 4. 5. No postponement shall be allowed except with permission of the Chief Arbiter.
2. 5. Drawing of colours
2. 5. 1. The draw for colours shall be conducted as follows:
a) The top seeded player in Round 1 receives White or Black in the first game as decided by lot during the Players meeting.
In the second game of the same round, colours will be reversed. In match 2, the higher seeded player shall have the opposite colour to the top seeded player, and so alternating through the list. For subsequent games of the same round the colors shall alternate automatically.
b) In Round 2 the winner of match 1 shall have in game 1 the color opposite to the color that the top seeded player had in game 1 of Round 1. The higher seeded player in game 1 of match 2 shall have the opposite color of the color that the highest seeded player had in game 1 of match 1 and the colors shall alternate in sequence accordingly by match.
c) For Rounds 2-4 the same procedure is applicable with the clarification that if the lower ranked player wins in any match, he shall automatically assume the position of the higher ranked player.
d) For the tie-break matches, there shall be a drawing of lots for each such match. If these matches are also drawn, there shall be a drawing of lots to decide who shall receive White in the sudden-death game.
e) The final match in the 4th round will have a new drawing of lots.
2.6. Time control.
2. 6. 1. The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one.
2. 6. 2. The games shall be played using the electronic clocks and chess boards and chess sets approved by FIDE.
2. 7. Conditions of victory
2. 7. 1. For the first 3 rounds, each match shall be played over two (2) games and the winner of a match shall be the first player to score 1.5 or more points. A tie shall be broken according to article 2. 8. 2. The final 4th round will be a match played over four (4) games and the winner of the Bermuda Cup will be the first player to score 2.5 or more points. A tie shall be broken according to article 2. 8.
2. 8 Tie-breaks
2. 8. 1. a. If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colors, two (2) tie-break games shall be played.
2. 8. 1. b. All tie-break games shall be played according to the Law of Chess.
The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move.
2. 8. 2. a. If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 2.8.1a, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of 2 games shall be played to determine the winner with a time control of 10 minutes plus 10 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another match of 2 games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played as described below in 2.8.3a.
2. 8. 2. b. The games shall be played according to the Rules mentioned in 2.8.1.b.
2. 8. 3. a. If the score is still level after the matches as described in 2.8.2a, the players shall play a single decisive sudden death game. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.
2. 8. 3. b. The games shall be played according to the Rules mentioned in 2.8.1.b.
2. 8. 4. Between the tie-break games as well as before the start of the sudden death game there shall be a pause of at least 10 minutes, unless the Chief Arbiter decides otherwise.
2. 9. Prizes for the Bermuda Chess Cup
2. 9. 1. Prize list
Trophies will be provided for the Bermuda Chess Cup Winner and for the Runner-up.
2. 10. Playing Conditions.
2. 10. 1. Only the players shall be allowed in the actual playing area except with the permission of the Chief Arbiter.
2. 10. 2. During the playing session the following additional regulations shall be in force:
a) The players are not permitted to bring into the playing area technical and other equipment extraneous to play, including mobile phones, which may in any way disturb or upset the opponent. The Chief Arbiter shall decide what constitutes extraneous equipment liable to offend the opponent.
b) A player may talk only to an arbiter, or with his opponent as permitted by the Laws of Chess.
c) During the playing session, players are not allowed to leave the playing area without the permission of the Chief Arbiter.
2. 11. Score sheets.
2. 11. 1. The Organizers shall provide score sheets.
a) At the end of each game the players' original score sheets shall be given to the Chief Arbiter.
After the players have signed the score sheets, the Arbiter shall countersign to confirm the results.
b) In tiebreak games, the players and the Arbiter shall sign a result sheet.
2. 12. Players' Meeting.
2. 12. 1. Players are required to attend the Players' Meeting on the day and at a time to be decided by the Chief Arbiter and the Organizers. If necessary, the Chief Arbiter may call other Players' Meetings.
2. 12. 2. If a player fails to appear at the Players' Meeting or the player may be disqualified from the tournament and the Bermuda Chess Championship cycle.
2. 13. Arbiters
2. 13. 1. There will be a Chief Arbiter and a Deputy Chief Arbiter.
2. 13. 2. During play either the Chief Arbiter or the Deputy Chief Arbiter must be present in the playing area.
2. 13. 3. Immediately after the end of the Bermuda Chess Cup tournament, the Chief Arbiter shall write a report and send it without delay to the Bermuda FIDE Rating Officer.
2. 13. 4. The report shall contain the result of each individual game as well as the final result of each match.
2.14. Appeals Committee.
2. 14. 1. There shall be a Chairman and two other members
All protests must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter not more than two hours after the relevant playing session, or the particular infringement complained against.
If possible, the Chief Arbiter shall reach a decision not more than two hours after the submission of a protest. The appeals process shall include written representations and a written decision.
The written decision of the Chief Arbiter arising from any dispute in respect of these regulations shall be final.
2. 15. Arrangements for the Playing Venue
2. 16. Photography
2. 16. 1. Only photographers expressly authorized by the Chief Arbiter may work in the playing venue.
a) Flash may be used only during the first ten minutes.
b) In tiebreak games flash may only be used in the first three minutes. In case of 5 minutes and sudden death games, the use of flash is not permitted; the use of cameras without flash may only be permitted if the Arbiter in charge deems their use to be unobtrusive.
f) An official photographer, designated by the Organizers with the approval of the Chief Arbiter shall be allowed to take photos at any time during the round without flash.
2. 17. Ceremonies.
2. 17. 1. The drawing of colours for round 1 shall be carried out during the Player's meeting.
2. 17. 2. The Closing Ceremony shall take place not later than one week after the end of the Bermuda Chess Cup Tournament. The Organizers shall provide trophies for the first two players of the tournament.
ϖ Larry Ebbin
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