Regulations 2019

Regulations of the International Chess Tournament: Altibox Norway Chess 2019
Stavanger, Norway, June 3-15, 2019

FIDE’s Laws of Chess will apply.

Tournament regulations – Blitz tournament on June 3rd
1. 10 players are to take part in the Tournament.

2. The Tournament is a round-robin event.

3. The Tournament consists of 9 rounds.

4. Time control 3 min + 2 sec increment for each move.

5. Tiebreak for Blitz tournament
A: Sonneborn-Berger points.
B: Most wins.
C: Most wins with the black pieces.
D: Drawing of lots.

6. The drawing of lots for the pairings will be done at the Players meeting on June 3rd.

7. The winner of the blitz tournament will choose his number in the main tournament. Number 2 will get the highest available number, and number 3 the second highest, and so on.

 

Tournament regulations – Main event June 4-14

1. 10 players are to take part in the Tournament.

2. The Tournament is a round-robin event.

3. The Tournament consists of 9 rounds.

4. Time control
Each player will have 120 minutes on the clock with an increment of 10 seconds after move 40.
Participant is obliged to record the moves on the score-sheet, starting from the first move. A
player can stop recording the moves in the second period when he has less than 5 minutes.
Time control for the Armageddon game: white has 10 minutes and black has 7 minutes with an
increment of 3 seconds per move, starting from move 61.

5. Players are not allowed to agree on a draw until after move 30.

6. Points
Players will get following points per round:

Victory main game: 2 points
Loss main game: 0 points
Draw main game & victory Armageddon: 1.5 points
Draw main game & loss Armageddon: ½ point

If there’s a draw in the classical game then the players will move on to Armageddon after all
classical games are over.
White pieces will continue with white in Armageddon.
With this, there will be a winner in each game due to the fact that the player with the black
pieces in the Armageddon game will win if the game ends in a draw.

7. Money prizes will be shared among the players with the same sum of points. This does not
apply for the first prize.

8. In case of shared first place, there will be a blitz play-off to decide the winner. If two players
share first place, there will be, on the 14th of June, a 2-game match with the same time control
as in the blitz tournament: 3 min. + 2 sec. increment per move. If this match ends in a tie, there
will be an Armageddon game where white has 5 minutes and black has 4 minutes with an
increment of 3 seconds per move, starting from move 61 with draw odds. If more than two
players share first place, there will be, on the 15th of June, a double round-robin with the same
tiebreak rules as the opening blitz tournament. The remaining players in this will share their
money prizes.

9. Tiebreak for the main tournament
A: Sonneborn-Berger points.
B: Most wins.
C: Most wins with the black pieces.
D: Drawing of lots.

10. The playing venue will be mainly at the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger (first 6 rounds).
The last 3 rounds will be held at the Stavanger Concert Hall. The blitz tournament will be at
Clarion Hotel Energy. All of the venues will be of excellent standard.

11. After each round the participants shall comment on their games and answer questions from
the press at the press center.

12. The dress code during the games is elegant casual: i.e. long trousers, shirt, and jacket, with
or without tie (no t-shirts, no sports shoes or sneakers). The dress code during the opening and
closing ceremonies is formal: i.e. (dark) suit with tie.

13. The Participant is expected to be present at the start of the round as courtesy to his
opponent and the sponsor and to give the press the opportunity to take photos. If the
participant is not present in the playing area at the start of the game he will be fined with 100
Euro. The fine will be donated to a good cause of Altibox Norway Chess’ choice. If the player
has not arrived within 10 minutes, he will lose the game.

14. If, due to illness, a player is not able to play the next round, the organizer will, together with
the player and the player’s opponent, try to find a solution. A medical doctor may examine the
player. The solution can be to play the game on one of the free days, or in the morning of the
next round. The player’s opponent can refuse to play in the morning, but not on a free day. If
this occurs in round 8 or 9, the player who has fallen ill has to forfeit.
If the player is unable to continue the tournament for medical reasons, he or she will have to
withdraw:
a. If the player has completed less than 50% of his games, the results shall remain in the
tournament table (for rating and historical purposes, but they shall not be counted in the final
standings. The unplayed games of the player are indicated by (-) in the tournament table and
those of his opponents by (+). If neither player is present this will be indicated by two (-).
b. If a player has completed at least 50 % of his games, the results shall remain in the
tournament table and shall be counted in the final standings. The unplayed games of the player
are shown as above.

15. Both the players and the organizers will try to settle any disputes in a friendly and
constructive way.

16. An Appeals commission will be appointed.