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FIDE rated Ulster Rapidplay 2024

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Apr 06, 2024
from 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM


Church of Ireland Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR, Northern Ireland

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The popular competition returns again during Easter 2024 and will be played at Bangor Chess Club (Groomsport Parish Hall) with a time control of 25+0 over 6 rounds. It will operate as one open section with the middle seeded players eligible to win the Intermediate trophies, the lowest rated players will be eligible for the Junior shields.


Please note entrants living in Northern Ireland must be paid-up members of the Ulster Chess Union (UCU) during the 2023/2024 season. Visiting players outside Northern Ireland are welcome to play without the need to be paid-up members of the UCU.



Schedule of play


Check-in 9:30am to 9:45am


Round 1 - 10am

Round 2 - 10:55am

Round 3 - 11:50am


Lunch break 12:40pm - 1:30pm


Round 4 - 1:30pm

Round 5 - 2:25pm

Round 6 - 3:20pm


Prize giving 4:25pm - 4:30pm



Entry fee: £12 payable in advance. £15 late entry fee (after the deadline of 30/03/2024, if space is still available).


Fees can be paid via:


-       Via Revolut or bank transfer

-       by cash at a prior event


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.

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


Prizes - 9 engraved shields/trophies/cups



2nd Place

3rd Place


Intermediate Champion

Intermediate 2nd Place

Intermediate 3rd Place


Junior Champion

Junior 2nd Place

Junior 3rd Place


FIDE rules will apply


Chief Arbiter: Brendan Jamison


Deadline to register is 12 noon on Saturday 30th March 2024.



By entering the competition, you are agreeing to the full terms and conditions as set out below. Please send your full name and if you don’t have a FIDE ID yet, remember to include your DOB when registering to:


Terms and Conditions:


Food is not allowed in the playing hall. 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 players visiting from outside NI, local players should be paid-up members of the Ulster Chess Union [UCU]. The 2023/2024 season began on 1st September 2023, ending on 31st August 2024.


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.