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FIDE-rated Ulster Masters 2023

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Nov 03, 2023 07:00 PM to
Nov 05, 2023 06:00 PM


Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street

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5 round classic.

Time control 75 +15

Schedule of Play:

Friday 3rd November: 7pm to 10pm

Saturday 4th November: 11am to 2pm | 3pm to 6pm

Sunday 5th November: 11am to 2pm | 3pm to 6pm

Two sections, both will be FIDE-rated

Money prizes, to be confirmed after entry fee payments are received.

Deadline to register: 12 noon on Saturday 28th October 2023.

To secure a place, please email Organiser/Chief Arbiter Edward Hanzharov  

Entry fee is £25 before 28 October. It costs £30 after that, if space is still available. Early bird entry fee is due in advance to complete entry process, otherwise £30 cash on the morning of Round 1. Payments to Edward Hanzharov by Revolut or bank transfer or in cash to a UCU official or arbiter at a prior event.

Discounted early bird rate of £20 for full-time students and under 18s (before 28th October, otherwise £30 on the day).


The venue has limited table capacity for a maximum of 40 players. We were oversubscribed last year so we advise booking a place and prepaying (to compete registration process) to avoid disappointment. Sending an email asking to play but not following up with payment will not put the player on the confirmed entry list.

Full refunds will be issued to players needing to withdraw up to 24 hours before the start of Round 1.

FIDE Rules will apply.

By entering the competition, you agree to the following terms and conditions and you may be asked to leave the competition if you do not adhere to tournament etiquette:

No food in playing hall. Only drinks allowed.

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