1.         The rate of play will be 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move. All moves must be recorded.


2.         The last edition of the FIDE Laws of Chess will be applicable.


3.         The default time according to article 6.7.1 FIDE is 60 minutes. Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the default time will lose the game unless the chief arbiter decides otherwise.


4.         During the game it is forbidden to carry a telephone or any other electronic device. A player carrying such a device will lose the game. It is allowed to bring a telephone or other electronic device but it must be switched off completely before the first move and shall be stored in a bag near the table or in a coat hanging over the chair. It is possible to hand in the device to one of the arbiters before the start of the round.


The players on the live boards are not allowed to bring a phone or other electronic device near the board. These players can hand over their phone or other electronic device to one of the arbiters before the start of the round.


5.       All rounds will start at 18.30, with the exception of the second and the last round which will start at 11.30.


6.       Smoking is forbidden in the building. Smoking only is allowed outside.
For the players on the live boards there is a specific smoking-area. If you play on a live board and want to smoke, you may only use this supervised area. Players who do not play on a live board, are not allowed to enter this area.


7.       It is forbidden to play blitz games or to analyze in the playing hall.


8.       It is possible to take a bye (for half a point) in round 2 or 3. A bye can be requested when registering on Saturday afternoon or in person to the chief arbiter.


9.       Any player who is absent during a round without prior notice will be expelled from the tournament. Any player who wants to withdraw from the tournament should inform the chief arbiter immediately.


10.    Pairings will be made according to the FIDE Swiss Rules with the SwissMaster software.


 11.    For the final standings and the prizes the tiebreaks are:


a.       The number of points scored. If this is equal the prize money (with the exception of rating prizes) will be shared.


b.       Direct encounter. This is only possible if all the tied players have met each other. The sum of points from these encounters is used.


c.        Buchholz score.


d.       Sonneborn-Berger score.


e.       Progressive score.


f.         A player shall be eligible to the rating prize for his own category only.


12.    After the game both white copies of the scoresheets and the matchcard will be signed by both players and handed in at the arbiters’ desk. The result on the matchcard is valid.


13.    All of these rules are subject to interpretation by the chief arbiter.


14.    In case of dispute the Committee of Appeal will function as adjudicator.      The Committee consists of three players and two reserves, from five different federations. No member of the Committee of Appeal is entitled to take decisions in cases affecting a player of his own country. The tournament director will be the chairman of the Committee of Appeal. He will not have a voting right however. He may call in an expert to assist him.                              
A protest by a player must be handed to the tournament director or his deputy within 30 minutes after the finish of the round concerned.                                              
The Committee of Appeal shall reach its decision before noon of the day following the protest.                                                                                              
The Committee’s decision will be final.


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