Tournament Rules (Ivy League Challenge)



Tournament Director:

  • Panayoti Tsialas (Chief Tournament Director):
  • Sean Lei (Assistant Tournament Director):

FIDE Arbiters:

  • Weiwen Leung (Chief Arbiter):
  • Alex Ferreira (Deputy Arbiter):
  • Corinna Wan (Floor Arbiter):
  • Karen Wan (Floor Arbiter):

Rating/Move Recording:

The tournament is FIDE Rated. Players are required to record their moves throughout the game.

Time Control:

Each player will have 90 minutes plus a 30-second increment from move 1.

Tournament System:

5-round round-robin system

Team Composition and Line-ups:

Teams are composed of 4 players and up to 2 additional alternates.

Board order must be submitted to the Chief and Deputy Arbiter via e-mail by no later than Thursday November 7th, 8:00 PM (see their contact info above). Teammates must play in descending rating order, except that 50-point transpositions are allowed. Board order must remain the same throughout the event. When alternates play they must do so starting on the lowest boards. Any regular member sits out when an alternate plays; other team members move up accordingly.

Lineups for each round must be submitted 1 hour before the announced official round start times. Lineups can be submitted: a) in person at the Playing Hall, b) via email to Weiwen Leung ( and Alex Ferreira (

Team Captains:

All teams must designate a captain. The role of the captain is:

  • To turn in his/her team line-up to the TD at least one hour before the round begins.
  • To advise his/her team’s players whether or not to accept or offer a draw.
  • To report the result of the match to the TD and sign it.

Team Scores, Game Points:

Each team gets one match point if the combined scores of the four players in a Round is 2.5 or greater, one-half match point if the combined score is 2, and zero match points if the combined score is 1.5 or less.

Byes, defaults, lateness, and so forth are treated as in individual tournaments. Players are required to arrive at their board within 30 minutes after their clock is pressed on move 1, otherwise they forfeit their game.

Tie Breaks:

Tie-breaks are used to award first place only. If two or more teams are tied for first, the team which wins in the tie-breakers is the sole winner of the Ivy League Challenge.

When team match points are equal, the following order of tie-break systems will be used:

  1. Head to head
  2. Individual Game Points
  3. Greater number of match wins
  4. Greater number of individual wins
  5. Two blitz games between one randomly selected player from each team. If the result is 1-1 after the blitz games, the players will play another game where white gets 6 minutes and black 5 (colours determined randomly). If the game is a draw, Black’s team wins.


  • Team Prize: Top Team
  • Individual Prizes: Top Individual Boards 1-4 / Best Game of the Tournament

Electronic Devices:

Any electronic device that could be used to transmit or receive information related to chess or to calculate potential moves, such as smart phones, tablets, computers and Apple or Android watches, is not allowed in the tournament playing area (the tournament director and TD’s support staff are excluded). Further, no such devices can be in the immediate possession of a player, regardless of the player’s location, during a game that is in progress. Violation of this rule by a player will result in the player’s immediate forfeit of a game in progress.


The Appeals Committee shall comprise of Panayoti Tsialas (TD), Jimmy Bartha (Senior Club Exec) and Ben Hahn (Alumni Chair). A protest against the decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Appeals Committee, within 30 min after the end of the respective game. A protest fee of 60 CAD shall be payable to the organizer which is refundable if the protest is upheld. The Appeals Committee may also decide to refund the fee if it considers the appeal was not frivolous. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final, binding and takes effect immediately.

Tournament Schedule:

Friday, November 8th– Hart House East Common Room

Opening Ceremony: 10:00 AM

Round 1: 10:30 AM

Round 2: 5:00 PM

Saturday, November 9th– Hart House East Common Room

Round 3: 10:00 AM

Round 4: 4:30 PM

Sunday, November 9th– Hart House East Common Room

Round 5: 9:30 AM

Closing Ceremony: 2:00 PM

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