FIDE-rated Dundonald Rapid Championship 2023

Saturday 7th January 2023. Civil Service Pavilion. This is event 8 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023

Event details


Jan 07, 2023
from 11:45 AM to 07:00 PM


NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA

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Contact Phone

Brendan Jamison

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This is event 8 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023

12noon to 6:30pm

8 rounds of 20+0

One open section.

Check-in at 11:45am to 11:50am to be included in the Round 1 pairings.

Take seats at 11:55am for announcements

Round 1: 12:00pm

Round 2: 12:45pm

Round 3: 1:30pm

Round 4: 2:15pm

Lunch break: 3pm to 3:30pm

(Pack lunch advised)

Round 5: 3:30pm

Round 6: 4:15pm

Round 7: 5:00pm

Round 8: 5:45pm

Prize-giving: 6:30pm

Venue: Civil Service Chess Club - Castleview Suite, Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont Estate, Upper Newtownards Road, Dundonald

5 Engraved trophies/shields/cups will be awarded to:


2nd place

3rd place

Female Champion

Junior Champion

Deadline to register is 12 noon on Saturday 24th December.

£12 entry fee. £20 late entry fee (after the deadline, if space is still available).

Free entry for 2nd, 3rd or 4th player from the same family.

To secure a place in the competition, entry fees are due in advance. You will be emailed payment details if there is still a place left in the competition. Please pay event organiser B. Jamison by bank transfer, Revolut or PayPal (if paying through PayPal, please send fee under the ‘Friends and Family’ setting, this avoids PayPal taking a fee).

Refunds will be issued to players needing to withdraw up to 24 hours before the event.

Your DOB is required to set-up your FIDE ID. Players with an existing FIDE ID do not need to send DOB.

To enter the competition, please send your full name and DOB to:

All players should be seated at their board 2 minutes before the start of each round (but 5 minutes before the start of round 1). All clocks will be started at the publicised start times for each round. A player not at the board will lose the game after their 25 minutes has expired.

Phones must be switched off before the start of play. Any mobile phone that makes a noise will lead to an automatic loss for the player, including the loss of rating points. Switched off phones can be left at the arbiter’s table. The only exception to this rule is if a doctor is playing in the tournament, they are permitted to keep their phone on silent (vibrate mode) in the event of a medical emergency and they will leave the playing hall if needed to take a call.

Players must make at least 10 moves before agreeing a draw. The Arbiter will not accept games whereby players have pre-arranged a draw and the three-fold repetition has been executed during moves 1-3. If 10 moves have not been played, the Arbiter may record the result as 0-0, i.e. both players will be scored zero.

Format: Open Swiss

Tie-breaks will be determined by Swiss Master 5.7 Build 8 in the following order: Median Buchholz, Buchholz, Progressive Score.

FIDE National Arbiter: B.Jamison

3 member Player’s Committee TBC after entries received.

As per FIDE guidelines, players should be members of their national federation to compete in a FIDE-rated event. Therefore, with the exception of newcomers or players visiting from overseas, local players should be paid-up members of the Irish Chess Union [ICU] or Ulster Chess Union [UCU]. The 2022/2023 season began on 1st September 2022, ending on 31st August 2023.

ICU rates for under 18s are €10 per season and for adults €35.

A full list of ICU membership rates are available here:

UCU membership can be paid on the day at any tournament in Northern Ireland or the PayPal link can be sent in advance. The UCU Treasurer Adrian Dornford-Smith is present at almost all the   events for anyone wishing to pay in cash.

Please note, any players without an over-the-board rating should send their ChessDotCom or LiChess username so we can create a provisional rating for the tournament seeding. Please note, online ratings can be 200-400 rating points higher than over-the-board ratings. A newcomer without any online activity will be given a standard provisional rating of 1000 and it will appear as 1000p in the seeding list at the beginning of the tournament.