Modbury Tournament Definitions

Here are the definitions of what each tournament is, in alphabetic order.

For swiss tournaments, the club uses SwissPerfect to administrate each tournament and this program automatically decides pairings and colours. The swiss system does its best to match players with similar scores.

Round Robin tournaments are those tournaments where every player plays against every other player.

Allegro simply means rapid.

Quads are a tournament type, where players are ranked according to rating and divided up into groups of 4. They then play out a round robin within each set of 4.

Allegro Quads

Rate of play: 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

3 games on the night.

Depending upon the number of players, the division of players may not be 4 and the rate of play may be altered. For example if there were 10 players, there may be one group of 4 and one of 6. The group of 6 would have a faster rate of play.

Allegro Swiss

4 Round

Rate of play: 15 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

4 Rounds played in the one night.

5 Round

Rate of play: 10 minutes plus 2 seconds a move.

5 Rounds played in the one night.

Blitz

Rate of play: 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

The committe will determine if a round robin or swiss format is to be played, however wherever possible the round robin format will be preferred.

All games will be completed in one night.

Blitz Championship

Rate of play: 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

The committe will determine if a round robin or swiss format is to be played, however wherever possible the round robin format will be preferred.

All games will be completed in one night.

Tied result will be decided by a two game play off. If the result is still tied, a sudden-death playoff will continue until a winner is declared by the DOP.

Classic Quads

Rate of Play: 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

One game per night, held over 3 nights.

Club Championship

Rate of play: 1 hour plus 30 seconds per move. 1 game per night.

The Club Championship is held between May and August, exact dates to be determined each year. When determining the dates, we try to avoid scheduling a round on a long weekend.

2 to 3 rounds are scheduled consecutively, followed by a break week to allow for playing games which could not be played on the scheduled night.

The tournament is typically a 9 round swiss, depending on the number of players. If there are 10 or fewer players, it can be played as a Round Robin.

The Club Champion will be requested to play everyone in a simulteneous match a few weeks after the Club Championship is completed. This is informal with no time limit.

Easter Rapid

Rate of play: 25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

This tournament is played in the 3 - 4 weeks leading up to the Easter weekend.

Depending on the number of players, it is played as either a Round Robin or a 7 round Swiss.

The aim is to play 2 rounds per night, but this is dependant upon the number of players.

Fixed Opening

An opening is selected and players play from a fixed starting point from that opening. The committee will determine which opening is to be played and at what move the play is to begin.

There are three options of advising which opening is to be played:

  1. The position selected will be advised the week before the tournament is to begin to allow players time to study if they wish to.
  2. The position will be advised on the night of the tournament, giving minimal time for players to study.
  3. The position is not advised until players are ready to begin, giving no time for prior study.

The tournament committee shall decide which option is used.

Players are ranked according to ratings and then paired, so that as much as possible players of similar strength are playing against each other.

Players will play four games during the night. 2 games, alternating colours, at 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move and 2 games, alternating colours, with 5 minutes each.

The 20 minute games are played first, unless both players decide to reverse the order.

Players can agree on who plays with which colour first, or decide by coin toss.

Match Play

Players are ranked according to ratings and then paired, so that as much as possible players of similar strength are playing against each other.

3 games played on the night:

  1. 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.
  2. 10 minutes plus 5 seconds per move.
  3. 3minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

The games are to be played in the order shown above, unless both players agree to a different order.

Players are to draw for colours in the first game and then alternate.

Oktoberfest

Rate of Play: 60 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

The Oktoberfest is a swiss tournament, withne game per night, held over 4 weeks.

Rapid Swiss

Rate of play: 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

3 rounds played per night, over 2 or 3 nights, depending on the number of players.