46th Guernsey
Chess Festival

16 - 22 October 2022

Guernsey Chess Federation

Tournament Rules for the Guernsey International Chess Festival


This document is effective from 1st April 2022, (Up-dated 15th April 2022).

These Rules will be used in conjunction with the FIDE Laws of Chess and FIDE Tournament Rules where the latter are applicable.


  1. Time Control – 40 moves in 100 minutes, thereafter all remaining moves in a further 40 minutes, with a 30 second increment starting from move one.
  2. Default Time – 30 minutes after the official start time of any round.
  3. The Guernsey Data Protection Law requires that the data collected will be treated with care and due regard to privacy issues as provided for in the said law.
  4. Safeguarding – the tournament organisers and the arbiter will promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, value, listen to and respect children and young people.
  5. Anti-bullying – the tournament organisers and the arbiter will not tolerate bullying and will deal proactively with any incident.
  6. Fair Play – The tournament is open to amateur players and therefore the prohibition of electronic devices in the playing venue is waived. However, under no circumstances shall a player be allowed to carry a mobile phone or other device capable of processing or transmitting chess analysis, whether switched on or off, working or not, on his body during play. This includes, but is not limited to, carrying a device in a bag or in a pocket of a coat or jacket. Any player found carrying a device shall immediately be forfeited in the game. A second offence during the tournament shall imply an immediate ban from the tournament.
    The tournament organisers and the arbiter will investigate any written report of cheating with due regard to FIDE guidelines.
  7. Draw Offers/Agreed Draws – FIDE Laws of Chess provides that players can offer or agree to a draw when both players have made at least one move.
  8. Normal Scoring – Normal scoring (1, ½, 0) will apply to the tournament.
  9. Entry – Whilst there is no formal closing date for entries The tournament organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry.
  10. Prizes – The tournament organisers reserve the right to amend the published Prizes in the light of entries. Any changes in the prizes will be confirmed not later than the Official Opening of the Tournament.
  11. Pairing Method – Swiss-Manager Unicode-Version 2022.
  12. Tie-Break – Where two or more players tie on the same points score monetary prizes will be shared equally between said players. Tie-break will only be used to decide the overall winner of the tournament to determine to whom the trophy will be awarded. The preferred Tie-break system to be used will be Sum of Progressive Scores.

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