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***event full*** FIDE-rated Ulster Blitz Championship 2022 Dec 29th

The annual Ulster Blitz Championship will be FIDE rated and held at Greenisland FC Chess Club on Thursday 29th December.

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Dec 29, 2022
from 10:15 AM to 04:00 PM


Greenisland FC Clubhouse, 100 Glenkeen Av, Greenisland, BT38 8ST

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Greenisland FC Chess Club

Thursday 29th December 2022

10:30am to 4pm

FIDE National Arbiter: B.Jamison

3 member Player’s Committee:

1.Chris Dorrian, Club Arbiter, GFC

2.TBC after entries received.

3.TBC after entries received.

18 rounds of 3+2

This is a charity event for the Greenisland foodbank. A third of entry fees will pay for the engraved trophies/cups/shields. The other two thirds will be donated to the foodbank. Because this is for a good cause, the venue is not charging any hire costs therefore we aim to make at least 200 pounds for donation to the foodbank.

Late entry fee: £20 (after 12 noon on 22nd Dec)

Early entry fee: £18 (before 12 noon on 22nd Dec)

Early concessionary rate: £12 (for students and under 18s, if paid before 12 noon on 22nd Dec)

On the day of the event:

Check-in closes at 10:30am to be included in the Round 1 pairings. Arrive early! Allow time for parking or any slight delays in public transport.

Take seats at 10:40am for announcements

Rounds 1-9 from 10:45am to 1pm

Lunch break: 1pm to 1:45pm

Rounds 10-18 from 1:45pm to 4pm

Prize-giving at 4pm

Venue address: Greenisland Football Club, 100 Glenkeen Ave, Carrickfergus, BT33 8ST

Deadline to register is 12 noon on Thur 22nd December 2022.

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

If we don’t have a FIDE ID for you, please send your DOB which is required to set-up your FIDE ID.

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

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 3 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.

Format: Open Swiss

6 Engraved trophies/shields/cups will be awarded to the Champion, 2nd place, 3rd place, Female Champion, Junior Champion and Best Newcomer.

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

This is the Ulster Blitz Championship therefore all players entering this competition should be paid up members of the Ulster Chess Union (UCU) in the 2022/2023 season. Also, as per FIDE guidelines, players should be members of their national federation to play in any of our local FIDE-rated events.

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.