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Omagh Rapidplay Championship 2023

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Dec 02, 2023
from 10:45 AM to 05:30 PM


Christian Brothers Grammar School, Kevlin Rd, Omagh BT78 1LD

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Saturday 2nd December 2023

This is event 7 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2023/2024

10:45am to 5:30pm

6 rounds of 25+0

To help more players gain a FIDE rating, we will run the event as 1 open section with the 4 Junior awards allocated to the highest placed finishes by players rated U1200.

Check-in by 10:45am to be included in the Round 1 pairings.

Take seats at 10:55am for announcements

Round 1: 11am

Round 2: 11:55am

Round 3: 12:50pm

Lunch break: 1:40 to 2:30pm

Round 4: 2:30pm

Round 5: 3:25pm

Round 6: 4:20pm

Prize-giving: 5:20 - 5:30pm


Christian Brothers Grammar School, Kevlin Rd, Omagh BT78 1LD

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


2nd place

3rd place

Grading Award

Junior Champion

Junior 2nd place

Junior 3rd place

Junior Grading Award

Deadline to register is 12 noon on Saturday 25th November.

£10 entry fee. £5 for members of Omagh Chess Club. £15 late entry fee (after the deadline of 25/11/2023, 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 as we do these tournaments as not-for-profit).

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

To enter the competition, please send your full name and if you don’t have a FIDE ID yet, remember to include your DOB when registering to:

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

Please note, food is not allowed at the playing boards. It is not only a visual and noise distraction for your opponent, remember there are also players with severe nut allergies and they can be badly affected from being in a room with nut exposure. Many foods contain nuts, far more than most people imagine!

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 and should be turned off before entering the playing hall. 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.

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: Buchholz, Progressive Score, TPR Mixed.

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 2023/2024 season began on 1st September 2022, ending on 31st August 2024.

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.