The competition will be run in accordance with the FIDE Laws of Chess, which can be found on the FIDE website here. Note that these rules include a requirement to write down the moves of the game as they are played on the score sheets provided by the organisers.
The Swiss System will be used for the pairings, which means that players are paired against opponents on a similar score. Smaller divisions may instead be run as a round-robin, which means that each player plays every other player in the tournament. All competitions will be played over 9 rounds, except for the Under 10 & 8 Girls which will comprise 8 rounds.
For the U18 and U16 Open, players each have 90 minutes to make all their moves, with 30 seconds automatically added each time they make a move and press the clock. The longest games will take about 4 hours.
For the U14 and U12 Open, as well as the U18, U16, U14 and U12 Girls, players each have 60 minutes to make all their moves, with 30 seconds added each time they make a move and press the clock. The longest games will take about 3 hours.
For the U10 and U8 Open and Girls events, players each have 60 minutes to make all their moves, with 10 seconds added each time they make a move and press the clock. The longest games will last about 2 hours. For most players in these events, this is much more time than they need and most games will be over in less than an hour, so encourage your children to take their time!
One half-point bye may be taken except in the last 2 rounds of the tournament. You must lodge your bye request with the Chief Arbiter before the pairings are done for the following round.
The U18 & U16 Open and U18 Girls divisions will be FIDE and ACF rated, while all other divisions will be ACF rated.
If there are ties, playoffs will be held in accordance with the ACF by-law (see below).
Chief Arbiter and the Appeals Committee
The chief arbiter of the event is Charles Zworestine. The Organiser shall nominate the Chairman of Appeals. The Committee shall consist of three members.
The Organiser shall nominate the Chairman of Appeals. The Committee shall consist of three members. A protest against a decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter within 15 minutes after the end of the relevant playing session. In submitting a protest, a protest fee of $100.00 shall be paid to the Organiser, which is refundable if the protest is upheld.
The Lightning Championship will be held on 17 January 2019 from 3pm.
Entries will close at 2pm.
Lightning, also known as blitz chess, means that players have five minutes each to make all their moves in the game. This allows many games to be played in only a couple of hours. The quick-paced nature of the game means that it is very popular with young players! The actual time control for this tournament will be three minutes plus a two second increment for each move made.
This event will be divided into two tournaments, an Under 18 tournament and an Under 12 tournament. Titles and minor medals/awards will be given out for all age categories (Open and Girls) as per main tournament breakdowns.
Enter the Lightning Championships!
The Australian Junior Problem Solving Competition will take on 17th January, 2019 at 11am as per the schedule.
The Problem Solving will go for 2 hours with participants set a series of problems they need to solve.
Trophies will be awarded in each age group, along with some cash prizes.
Enter the Problem Solving Championships!
BY-LAW NO. 3
ACF JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
1. The Australian Junior Championships, incorporating both open and girls' titles, may be run as one tournament or as separate tournaments for different age groups and/or genders at the discretion of the ACF Council.
a. A player shall only be awarded one title and any associated trophy from each tournament, that being the highest title he/she is eligible for, on the understanding that first in an older age group is higher than first in a younger age group.
b. Notwithstanding 2a, a female player may be awarded one girl's title as well as one open title.
3. Non-monetary prizes, including trophies not associated with the awarding of a title, shall be awarded as follows:
A player shall receive only one under-age non-monetary prize, being the highest non monetary prize he/she is eligible for, on the understanding that first in any age group is higher than second in any age group which is higher than third in any age group, etc.
4. Monetary prizes are in no way related to titles/non-monetary prizes. A player shall receive only one monetary prize, being the largest monetary prize he/she is eligible for.
Resolution of Ties
5. The Play-off Procedures prescribed in By-law 7 of the By-laws for ACF Tournaments do not apply to the ACF Junior Chess Championships, the overriding principle in Junior Championships being to resolve any ties quickly so that prize presentations may be made at a pre-arranged time.
5.1 Ties shall be resolved in the first instance by applying the Sum of Progressive Scores System (SPS) including the Sum of Progressive Score Cuts (SPSC), if necessary. A player's SPS involves use of the score that a player has after the end of each round. These scores are added to form the SPS. SPSC is the player's final SPS reduced by the tournament score of one or more rounds starting with the first round.
5.2.1 If more than two players are tied for first place, paragraph 5.1 shall be applied to reduce the number of tied players to two.
5.2.2 Those players shall participate in a play-off to resolve the tie consistent with the principles in paragraph 5.3.
5.2.3 If, upon the application of paragraph 5.1 it is not possible to reduce the number of players to two, the arbiter shall arrange a play-off among the smallest number of players possible exceeding two, the play-off to be consistent, as far as possible with the principles in paragraph 5.3.
5.3 Play-off Principles
5.3.1 The tied players shall play two games in which each player has 15 minutes for the whole game in each game. Colours for the first game shall be drawn by lot and shall be the opposite for the second game
5.3.2 If the players are still tied, two games shall be played in which each player has 5 minutes for the whole game in each game. Colours for each game shall be consistent with those in paragraph 5.3.1.