Hart House Chess Club Holiday Open 2019

We are delighted to share with you that the annual Hart House Chess Club Holiday Open Chess Tournament is coming up soon! We hope you will join us on December 13-15, 2019 at Hart House for this exciting event.

Please see the poster below for more information, and do not hesitate to email us at hhtournaments@gmail.com should you have any questions!

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Some more information on the tournament logistics and how to register:

When: December 13th-15th, 2019

Round times: Friday 13th at 6:00pm, Saturday 14th at 10am & 4:00pm, Sunday 15th at 10am & 4:00pm

Style: 5 rounds in 6 rating sections – Crown (2200+), Under 2200, Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300 & U1000 Sections.

Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move from move 1.

Prize Fund: $5000 based on 120 entries!

Rating: All sections will be CFC rated. Crown, Under 2200 & Under 1900 sections will also be FIDE rated.

Forfeit Time: Players who do not arrive within 30 minutes of the round start time will be forfeited.

Byes: Maximum 2 half-point byes in rounds 1-3 if requested in advance before the start of Round 1.

Registration details:

· Email registrations must be completed by December 11th, or else considered late.

· After pre-registering by email, please bring cash payment to the playing site before 5:15pm on December 13th, or mail a cheque which arrives by December 11th. If online registrants paying in cash arrive after 5:15pm on December 13th, they cannot be guaranteed a pairing in Round 1. No cheques on-site.

· To register in advance by mailing a cheque (arrival by December 11th, 2019), make cheque payable to Hart House Chess Club, at 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto ON, M5S 3H3. No postdated cheques.

· Registrants after December 11th, 2019 are not guaranteed to be paired in Round 1, and must pay on-site entry fee ($80).

· Players taking a bye in Round 1 can pay the entry fee thirty minutes before the start of Round 2 (9:30am).

Entry Fee: $60 in advance, $80 cash only on-site. Extra $20 to play up a section. Playing up is allowed only for players within 100 rating points of the section’s minimum rating. For example: a player in the Under 1600 section wanting to play up in the Under 1900 section must have a rating no lower than 1500.

Discounts: $20 less for University of Toronto students. Free entry for IMs and WIMs if registered by December 6th.

Special Discount: Free entry for players who have never played in any CFC or FIDE rated tournament. Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) membership purchase still required for $48, and entrants will not be eligible for prize money.

Other Info: Please bring chess sets and clocks. Registrants must be current CFC members or bring payment prior to playing – http://chess.ca/membership-rates.

Organizer: Alex Ferreira & Hart House Chess Club. Email: hhtournaments@gmail.com