Regulations

In case of discrepancies the French version of the tournament conditions applies.

ACCENTUS Grandmaster Tournament (GMT)

Date / Time

July 21 4 p.m. Opening Ceremony and Drawing of Lots
July 22 - August 1, 2018; 2 p.m.
(August 1: 12 p.m.)
Rest day on July 28

August 1, 6:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony
Mode of playing

10 Rounds double round robin system with 6 players
First leg: Rounds 1 to 5
Second leg: Rounds 6 to 10

Time control

100 minutes for the first 40 moves + 50 minutes for the next 20 moves + 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Players are expected to be present at the start of the round as courtesy to their opponent and the sponsor and to give the press the opportunity to take photos.

The default time is 15 minutes.
Draws

No draw offer is allowed before move 40.
Draw positions reached by other means than mutual agreement are allowed before move 40.

Standings & Prizes

Final standings will be established according to:
1. Number of points scored
2. Direct encounter
3. Sonneborn Berger
4. Greater number of wins
5. Greater number of wins with black color

Money prizes will be shared among players achieving the same number of points.
Devices Players aren’t allowed to carry or use any electronic device (mobile phone or else) during their games.
They will preferably not bring any such device in the tournament hall, however they may leave them at the arbiter’s desk.

Master Tournament (MTO)

Date / Time July 23 - August 1, 2018; 2:00 p.m.
(August 1: 12 noon).
Rest day on July 28.
Mode of playing 9 rounds Swiss system.
Time control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Prizes CHF 6'000, 4'500, 3'500, 3'000, 2'500, 2'000, 1'500, 1'200, 1'000, 800, 700, 600, 2x500, 3x300, 3x200. Best women players: CHF 500, 300. Best senior (1958-), best junior (1998+), best child (2002+): each CHF 500. Best players with Elo <2200 and <2100: CHF 500, 400, 300, 200, 100. Best Swiss players (with CH-passport): CHF 1'000, 600, 300. Total prize fund: CHF 37'000.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring 50% or more. This restriction isn't valid for Elo category prizes.
For rating band prizes and pairing calculation, FIDE rating is considered first. The rating of July 2018 shall prevail.
Prizes are valid from 100 participants. With fewer participants, they are reduced pro rata.
Admission Players with FIDE-rating (list May, June or July 2018) or national rating (e.g. Swiss ELO list 2/2018 or 3/2018) ELO 2000 and more.
The final admission of a player is the exclusive decision of the organization. This decision is irrevocable.
Inscription CHF 180 (1998+: CHF 110), by bank transfer until July 18, 2018, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, After this date cash payment on site with a surcharge of CHF 20. Deadline: July 23, 10:00 a.m..
For GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs the participation is free of charge.
Registrations are confirmed after payment of entry fees. The player then appears on the list of participants, published on our website.
Players who paid their entry fees (and invited players) who aren’t displayed on the list of participants or who appear there with the status "unconfirmed" are requested to show up at the tournament desk before July 23, 2018 12:00 noon.
Miscellaneous The pairings of round 1 will be released at 1:30 p.m. For the following rounds they will be published on our website one hour after the end of each round.
A delay of 30 minutes is allowed at the start of the round. If a player is more than 30 minutes late, his game will be considered lost by forfeit.
At the end of the game, players are responsible for submitting their scoresheets and results by themselves; otherwise the game will be evaluated as 0-0.
The tournament is rated for the Swiss and FIDE ratings. Possibility of obtaining a FIDE norm.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.
In case of disagreement with an arbiter's decision, the player must contest orally without delay by the main arbiter. The decision of the main arbiter is then final.

Main Tournament (ATO)

Date / Time July 23 - August 1, 2018; 2:00 p.m.
(August 1: 12 noon)
Rest day on July 28.
Mode of playing 9 rounds Swiss system.
Time control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Prizes CHF 1'200, 1'000, 800, 600, 500, 2x400, 3x300, 5x200, 5x100. Best women players, best seniors (1958-), best juniors (1998+): each CHF 200, 100, best children (2002+): CHF 150, 50. Best players with Elo <1800 and <1700: CHF 400, 300, 200, 2x100. Total prize fund: CHF 10'600.
New: Prizes in kind gifted by Auberson&Fils, La Neuveville, to the three top ranked teams.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring 50% or more. This restriction isn't valid for Elo category prizes.
For rating band prizes and pairing calculation, FIDE rating is considered first. The rating of July 2018 shall prevail.
Prizes are valid from 100 participants. With fewer participants, they are reduced pro rata.
Admission Players without FIDE-rating or with FIDE-rating not surpassing 2050 in all three lists of Mai, June and July 2018.
The final admission of a player is the exclusive decision of the organization. This decision is irrevocable.
Inscription CHF 160 (1998+: CHF 100), by bank transfer until July 18, 2018, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, After this date cash payment on site with a surcharge of CHF 20. Deadline: July 23, 10:00 a.m..
Registrations are confirmed after payment of entry fees. The player then appears on the list of participants, published on our website with the mention "confirmed".
Players who paid their entry fees (and invited players) who aren’t displayed on the list of participants or who appear there with the status "unconfirmed" are requested to show up at the tournament desk before July 23, 2018 12.00 noon.
Team At the time of registration, please indicate, if applicable, the name of the 3-player team in which you are participating. There is no increase in the registration fee to participate in this competition. The teams will be ranked by adding the points individually acquired by the team members.
Miscellaneous The pairings of round 1 will be released at 1:30 p.m. For the following rounds they will be published on our website one hour after the end of each round.
A delay of 30 minutes is allowed at the start of the round. If a player is more than 30 minutes late, his game will be considered lost by forfeit.
At the end of the game, players are responsible for submitting their scoresheets and results by themselves; otherwise the game will be evaluated as 0-0.
The tournament is rated for the Swiss and FIDE ratings. Possibility of obtaining a FIDE rating.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.
In case of disagreement with an arbiter's decision, the player must contest orally without delay by the main arbiter. The decision of the main arbiter is then final.

Swiss Rapid Chess Championship (RAP)

Date / Time July 22, 2018; 9:30 a.m.
Mode of playing 9 rounds Swiss system.
Time control 15 minutes + 5 seconds per move
Playing schedule Rounds 1-3: 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Rounds 4-9: 1:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Prizegiving: 7:15 p.m.
Prizes CHF 1'200, 800, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 150, 2x100, Best women player, best senior (1958-), best junior (1998+): each CHF 200. Best child (2002+), best untitled player: each CHF 100. Best Swiss (with CH-passport): CHF 400, 300, 200, 2x100. Best players with Elo <2000 and <1800: CHF 300, 200, 100, 2x50. Total prize fund: CHF 7'650 + Prizes in kind, up to 6 points.
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring 50% or more. This restriction isn't valid for Elo category prizes.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).
Admission Open to every player, rated or unrated.
Inscription CHF 40 (1998+: CHF 20; GM/IM/WGM/WIM: CHF 20), by bank transfer until July 18, 2018, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, or on-site before July 22, 8:30 a.m..
Miscellaneous The tournament won’t be rated.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.
In case of disagreement with an arbiter's decision, the player must contest orally without delay by the main arbiter. The decision of the main arbiter is then final.

Swiss Blitz Chess Championship (BTO)

Date / Time July 28, 2018; 2:00 p.m.
Mode of playing 13 rounds Swiss system.
Time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move
Playing schedule Rounds 1-5: 2.00-3.30 p.m.
Rounds 6-10: 3.45-5.15 p.m.
Rounds 11-13: 5.30-6.15 p.m.
Prizegiving: 6.45 p.m.
Prizes CHF 1'000, 750, 600, 500, 400, 300, 250, 200, 150, 100, 2x50; best woman, best senior (1958-), best junior (1998+): each CHF 100, best child (2002+): CHF 50; best Swiss players (with CH-passeport): CHF 300, 200, 150, 100, 50; best players with Elo <2000 et <1800: CHF 100, 60, 40. Total prize fund: CHF 5'900 + prizes in kind, up to 8 points.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring 50% or more. This restriction isn't valid for Elo category prizes.
For rating band prizes and pairing calculation, FIDE rating is considered first. The rating of July 2018 shall prevail.
Prizes are valid from 100 participants. With fewer participants, they are reduced pro rata.
Admission Open to every player, rated or unrated.
Inscription CHF 30 (1998+: CHF 20; GM/IM/WGM/WIM: CHF 20), by bank transfer until July 18, 2018, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, or on-site before July 28, 12:30 p.m..
Miscellaneous Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.
In case of disagreement with an arbiter's decision, the player must contest orally without delay by the main arbiter. The decision of the main arbiter is then final.

Swiss Rapid Fischer Random Championship (960)

Date / Time July 21, 2018; 1:00 p.m.
Mode of playing 7 rounds Swiss system.
Chess960: The starting position will be drawn before every round.
Time control 15 minutes + 5 seconds per move
Playing schedule 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Prizegiving: 7:00 p.m.
Prizes CHF 300, 200, 100. Total prize fund: CHF 600 + prize in kind.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).
Admission Open to every player, rated or unrated.
Inscription CHF 30 (1998+: CHF 20), by bank transfer until July 18, 2018, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, or on-site before July 21, 12:00 noon.
Miscellaneous The tournament won’t be rated.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.

Youth Tournament (JTO)

Date / Time July 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m.
Mode of playing 7 rounds Swiss system.
Time control 15 minutes per player
Categories U10 (year of birth: 2008 or later)
U13 (year of birth: 2005-2007)
U18 (year of birth: 2000-2004)
Prizes Prizes in kind for every player.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, Buchholz and Sum of Buchholz. 
Admission Open to every Junior, rated or unrated.
Inscription Free, lunch included!
Online registration untli July 27, 2018 or on-site before July 28, 2018 09:00 a.m.
Please note: a junior registered for the JTO is not allowed to participate in the BTO.
Miscellaneous The tournament won’t be rated.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.

Physicians Tournament (DTO)

Date / Time July 29, 2018; 11:00 a.m.
Mode of playing 5 rounds Swiss system.
Time control 15 minutes + 5 seconds per move
Playing schedule Rounds 1-2: 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Rounds 3-5: 2.15 - 4.30 p.m.
Prizegiving: 4.30 p.m., followed by an aperitif.
Prizes Prizes in kind.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, Buchholz and Sum of Buchholz. 
Admission For physicians only, rated or unrated.
Inscription CHF 30, by bank transfer until July 18, 2018, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, or on-site before July 29, 10:00 a.m.
Miscellaneous The tournament won’t be rated.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.

Simultaneous Tournament (SIM)

Date / Time July 21, 2018; 1:00 p.m.
Mode of playing Simultaneous game against a Grand Master
Time control Open to every player, rated or unrated.
Inscription CHF 20 (1998+: CHF 10), by bank transfer until July 18, 2018 (limited number of participants), based on the invoice received by E-Mail after the online registration.
Place Zentralplatz (Central Square), in front of our sponsor BEKB|BCBE (map)

ACCENTUS Youth Simul (SIM-ACCENTUS)

Date / Time July 21, 2018; 1:30 p.m.
Mode of playing 3 Simuls are given by our commentators team, Anna Rudolf and Daniel King, and by the 14 years old GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
Admission Open to all children up to 16 years of age.
Inscription Free of charge. You just need to send an e-mail to info@bielchessfestival.ch with your first and lastname, place of residence, code FIDE and the size (S/M/L/XL) for the T-Shirt that will be given to every participant.
  Participants are kindly asked to arrive at the game venue a quarter of an hour before the start of the tournament (1:15 p.m.).
Place In the Congress Centre.

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