Regulations

Regulations of the International Chess Tournament

Norway Chess 2021

Stavanger, Norway, September 7-17
FIDE’s Laws of Chess will apply.

1. 6 players are to take part in the Tournament.

2. The Tournament is a double round-robin event. Berger tables will be used for the pairings
and drawing of lots will be done at the Players meeting.

3. The Tournament consists of 10 rounds. Players play each other twice. Colors are reversed the
second time.

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 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 1 second per move, starting from move 41.

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: 3 points
Loss main game: 0 points
Draw main game & victory Armageddon: 1.5 points
Draw main game & loss Armageddon: 1 point
If there is a draw in the classical game then the players will move on to Armageddon within 20
minutes after the draw.
White pieces will continue with white in Armageddon.
With this, there will be a winner in each game due to the fact that black pieces 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 a 2-game match with 3 min. + 2 sec increment for each 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 a double round-robin with the
following tiebreaks:
A: Sonneborn-Berger points.
B: Most wins.
C: Most wins with the black pieces.
D: Drawing of lots.
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.

10. The playing venue will be at the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger.

11. After each round the participants shall comment on their games and answer questions from
the official broadcast.

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 Norway Chess’ choice. If the player has not
arrived within 10 minutes, he will lose this 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 9 or 10, 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.
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.

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

16. An Appeals committee will be appointed.