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FIDE-rated City of Belfast Championships 2023

City of Belfast Championship returns over the first May Bank Holiday; 6 rounds over 3 days.

Event details


Apr 29, 2023 11:00 AM to
May 01, 2023 08:00 PM


NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA

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Sat 29th April

Sun 30th April

Mon 1st May

6 round classic. Time control 90+30

Daily round times each day: *** IMPORTANT UPDATE*** Due to Belfast City Marathon, rounds on Sunday 30th April will be 11:30am and 4pm

11am to 2:30pm

3:30pm to 7pm


Two sections, both will be FIDE-rated

Nemtzov Cup (Over 1600)

Henderson Cup (Under 1600)

Deadline to register: 12 noon on Saturday 22nd April 2023.

Payments are required in advance by bank transfer, Revolut or PayPal.

To secure a place, please email Organiser Brendan Jamison at

Entry fee is £25 before 12 noon on Saturday 22nd April. It costs £30 after that, if space is still available.

Discounted early bird rate of £20 for full-time students and under 18s (before 12 noon on Sat 22nd April).

The venue has limited table capacity. We could only fit a maximum of 54 players into the Williamson Shield, held in the same room - the Castleview Suite.

Arbiter Team:

Chief Arbiter: Adam Rushe, FIDE National Arbiter

Deputy Chief: Brendan Jamison, FIDE National Arbiter

Live Boards: Adrian Dornford-Smith, FIDE National Arbiter

Nemtzov Cup Arbiter: Eddie Hanzharov, FIDE National Arbiter

FIDE Rules will apply.

By entering the competition, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

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 30 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.

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.

Players who repeatedly arrive late for the start of each round may be disqualified from the tournament as it can disrupt the concentration of many players in the hall. Arriving at the board late for 3 rounds will terminate the player’s participation at the event.

Format: Open Swiss

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

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 already be paid-up members of the Irish Chess Union [ICU] or Ulster Chess Union [UCU]. The 2022/2023 season began on 1st September 2022, ending on 31st August 2023.

ICU rates for under 18s are €10 per season and for adults €35.

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. It costs £25 per season. Concessionary rate is £10 for Under 18s, full-time students, pensioners, unemployed.

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.